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Old 12-31-2011, 05:34 AM   #1
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Default Getting Game Back Up To Par & Regaining Confidence/Swagger

Ok this seems to happen to me quite alot and I think it has prevented me from becoming a really good player that I am capable of. There will be a stretch were Im really playing ball at a high level and destroying the competition, it feels like I can't be stopped and that I was born with the ball attached to my arm. However, I then go into a stretch where Im not constantly playing basketball and sometimes its for a long period of time, like this time I haven't played for about 3 weeks (just started playing again).
Now when I returned to the court my handles are loose, shot is shaky and inconsistent, im less quicker, react alot slower and just overall worse than what I was.

I know that some of you might suggest the cure for this to be just play consistently until you regain those things, but im looking for a permanent solution. I think that maybe there is some phycological aspect that is holding me back. Im not in "basketball mode". Im just trying to figure out how I can regain all that ive lost in as little time as possible. My feel for the ball is not there yet, like my handles are not effortless and smooth as it was in the past
Can someone please help, and give advice. Thanks
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Old 12-31-2011, 02:13 PM   #2
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Default Re: Getting Game Back Up To Par & Regaining Confidence/Swagger

Well for me when i'm not playing ball for a long time then come back to it. The 1 thing i don't do is set unrealistic expectations for myself. I know that its a process and that its gonna take time to get my legs back and confidence.
Even NBA players go through long droughts so i doubt there's a permanent solution but what you can do is not over think anything. I say that all the time to anybody, you know how you play just do it. Its like tying your shoes you don't think about it, you just do it ya know. But don't be so hard on yourself stay positive and just try to get better. As long as your play natural, aggressive and confident i'm sure your game will be fine in no time
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Old 01-03-2012, 05:32 PM   #3
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This is a good question. I'm betting we've all been there, whether it's due to inactivity or injury. And while it may not be the answer you're looking for, consistently playing basketball is probably the only sure fire way to avoid "losing touch". It's sort of a use-it-or-lose-it situation.

However, if taking time off of basketball is unavoidable, I think there are some things that can help lighten the effects. When I can't play for a while, I try to keep my basketball assets up and running. That means, while it might not be a game, I'll still try to find a time to work on my ballhandling somewhere (in my garage, on my bathroom floor, etc.). Or I'll try to find a spot to do cardio. Or lift weights. Or anything else that may attribute to my effectiveness on the court.

When I do find myself back on the basketball court after a long layoff, the last thing I probably want to do is just get out on the court and go right off the bat in a game of five-on-five. Instead, I'll definitely work through my own ballhandling drills prior, concentrating on pounding the ball and re-developing a feel. I'll also try to warm-up and push myself in other facets prior to jumping into a full game.

When the time comes for the real game to begin, I constantly remind myself to push, push, push. Unfortunately, if one is not playing consistently, it will be nearly impossible to remain in game shape. As such, when returning to the game, we face the task of pushing ourselves to the limit (and beyond). In short, it sucks. I try to go full speed in all facets. This means my energy will wane quickly and it'll likely feel like my speed decreases by 50% during extended plays without stoppage. But it's important to keep moving.

What's the most common thing for a player to neglect when they're out of shape? Getting back on defense, trailing or filling on fast breaks, doing the little things. I have to force myself to do those things at full speed (which again, is often depleted speed if I'm especially worn). But all that goes to redeveloping a feel on the court and re-building our game shape. Once the game shape is rebuilt, the "feel" for the game will shortly return.
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Old 01-06-2012, 11:56 PM   #4
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Default Re: Getting Game Back Up To Par & Regaining Confidence/Swagger

Thanks for the advice guys. I made my mistake when I hopped into a full court game with high level talent(d1, d2 players) smh. Very surprisingly my defense seemed just as good if not better than it once was. My handles weren't as loose as I thought it would be and my shot was ehh as in ill make a lot of shots before the game but couldn't get them to fall during the game.

I also found that I lost my reactiveness, I could barely even catch the dam ball, or finish at the basket like i used to.

So basically you said it right, regaining the feel for the ball is SO important. I feel that once im strong and comfortable handling the ball that everything else falls in place.

Also the hands, and hand strength I found are so underrated in basketball. When you have strong hands there is so much you can do, dribble, rebound, defense, and shooting. I find that whenever my hands feel weak and tense that my game suffers. Im going to invest in some hand grips.
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Old 01-08-2012, 11:54 PM   #5
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Default Re: Getting Game Back Up To Par & Regaining Confidence/Swagger

I spent the past two weeks resting a stretched arch in my foot. As a result, tonight was the first time I've played ball in 15 days and just to reiterate what you mentioned, it sucks to play after not playing that long. Even with the warmups I mentioned, there's still a certain feel that can only be regained through playing a lot again. I hate being out of game shape because it sucks so bad getting into shape. First, the ball felt huge in my hands, like I was dribbling a slippery balloon. Also, it was hard to coordinate some of my moves alongside my wind. Sometimes, there's only so much one can do to remain game ready without playing games.
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Old 01-10-2012, 03:30 PM   #6
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I spent the past two weeks resting a stretched arch in my foot. As a result, tonight was the first time I've played ball in 15 days and just to reiterate what you mentioned, it sucks to play after not playing that long. Even with the warmups I mentioned, there's still a certain feel that can only be regained through playing a lot again. I hate being out of game shape because it sucks so bad getting into shape. First, the ball felt huge in my hands, like I was dribbling a slippery balloon. Also, it was hard to coordinate some of my moves alongside my wind. Sometimes, there's only so much one can do to remain game ready without playing games.


EXACTLY.. The ball feels like it weighs a 100lbs and huge, also my moves are not smooth and I lose the ball trying to do simple crossovers. Its hard getting back into your mojo. I find that when I play at first and im winded and push myself past the fatigue then the next day I will be feeling alot more in shape.

One interesting thing is, once I didn't play basketball for a while (like 3 weeks) because of my job. But when I started playing again I played SOO well it was unbelievable. I played this way for about a whole week and then I started falling off. This has happened on a few occasions, but now when I dont play for some time I flat out suck. Wonder why...
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