Training After or Between Seasons


Question: My son has about three weeks after he finishes high school basketball before he begins AAU ball. What type of training program would be the most beneficial to him in that time frame and after AAU ball starts up could he get in one or two days a week to help him maintain? He needs to add some size and core power. He currently plays forward but to stay in that position he will need to grow more.

Answer: Here is a question for you and for the readers to consider: How can he or any young athlete continue to improve athletically, speed, explosiveness, strength, core stability, vertically if there is more time spent playing the game than there is becoming a better athlete?

  • If your child has talent, then utilize that talent more effectively by spending time becoming better equipped to play the game by lifting weights, training with dynamic resistance, improving flexibility and changing the strength-to-weight ratio of the athlete.
  • Spend time on the free throw line; a lot of time. Just ask Carolina how that could help.
  • Work on repeated fade away jumpers or three pointers.
  • Being stronger will make getting the ball to the basket easier. Work on repeated jumping to get rebounds or explosive drives to the basket.
  • Playing more games does not present the opportunity to break down the aspects of the game or to become more athletic.

The argument is often made that the athlete needs the exposure for coaches in college to recognize them. If your kid is good, in this day of YouTube and social media, they will find you if you play back yard pick up games. You will argue that the kid wants to plays all the time. You’re the parent. Make the decision for what is best in the long run.

Who holds the high school record for boys 60 meter hurdles? Right. Most of your high level athletes are not the ones who make a big impact early but those who continue to train and make themselves better each year. David Oliver, the current World Champion is 32. He wasn’t a high school phenom. Really good high school sports stars work to be really good college athletes and then professional athletes. Take note that after high school your child, if they play collegiate sports will play less games than they do now on the schedule you have them on now.

As for your training question, let him recover and decompress for a week after the season. Bring him in and we will determine where he is now, what are his strengths and weaknesses. Then set up a training program for making improvements which will include recovery periods and times to work on sports specific skills. He will need to consider what foods he chooses and how to make better choices to recover faster. Athletes get so wrapped up in training and the game they forget that the recovery is the time their bodies repair and get stronger. Finally we consider mental attitude and how to effectively improve mental focus and clarity. Playing or competing is the time to show everyone else what you already know for your training.

God bless and keep training,