Need a good warm-up for your off-season workouts? The speed ladder is a great tool to promote coordination, concentration, rhythm, and ankle mobility:
Many of the questions I receive from players, coaches, and parents revolve around strength & conditioning testing.
Testing is fine as long as it meets two criteria:
1) It is safe and well supervised
2) It is viewed as a way to monitor progress; not as a tool to compare players or to predict success on the court.
No test done in the weight room can predict success on the court. Kevin Durant couldn’t bench press 185 lbs and had the 2nd lowest overall score at the 2007 NBA Combine. He is now an NBA All-Star and in pursuit of back to back scoring titles.
If you choose to test, you should attempt to measure three key areas:
1) Strength & power
2) Quickness & agility
3) Basketball specific conditioning
Each of these areas plays a role on the court. Just testing one area is too narrow.
Testing is only valuable if there are follow up tests to monitor progress. While there is no ‘right’ answer, four tests over the course of the year are more than enough. You can test at the:
1) Beginning of your off-season training (now)
2) End of the spring (before summer)
3) Beginning of the pre-season (end of summer)
4) End of the pre-season (right before the season starts).
NOTE: I see no point in testing during the playing season. That is when your focus should be on winning games!
While testing can be a valued part of your program, the most important part is the daily, weekly, and monthly workouts. Make sure you put most of your focus on training, not on testing!
WARNING: I do not recommend the use of 1 rep maxes with youth and high school age players because of the higher risk of injury and because it is an intricate skill that is rarely practiced (why test in something that is rarely practiced?). Performing 1 rep maxes is unnecessary. I know football coaches are rolling their eyes as they read this.
If you need more info on testing and evaluating, this is an invaluable resource:
PS: Here is my 2011 spring and summer event schedule. Please email me at Alan@StrongerTeam.com for more info.
March 19th Hoop Group Camp in Chantilly, VA
March 20th Hoop Group Camp in Baltimore, MD
March 26th Carolina Challenge in Raleigh, NC
April 8th Nike Championship Basketball Clinic in Pittsburgh, PA
April 13-16th Jordan Brand Classic in Charlotte, NC
April 23rd Cutting Edge Quickness & Reaction Clinic in Oakville, Canada
April 27th Texas Basketball Clinic in Denton, TX
May 6th Nike Championship Basketball Clinic in Las Vegas, NV
May 15th Cutting Edge Quickness & Reaction Clinic in Clyde, OH
May 22nd Cutting Edge Quickness & Reaction Clinic in New Haven, CT
June 3-5th Cutting Edge Quickness & Reaction Clinics in Ontario, Canada
June 8th Cutting Edge Quickness & Reaction Clinic in Des Moines, IA
June 9th Cutting Edge Quickness & Reaction Clinic in St. Louis, MO
June 10-12th Chris Paul Elite Guard Camp in Winston-Salem, NC
June 15-19th NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, VA
June 22-29th Kevin Durant, Deron Williams & Amare Stoudemire Nike Skills Academies in Chicago, IL
July 4-9th LeBron James Nike Skills Academy in Akron, OH
July 13-15th Hoop Group Skills Academy in PA
July 18th North Carolina Coaches Association Clinic in Greensboro, NC
July 19-22nd One World Games in CT
July 29-30th Basketball Camp in Jordan
August 1-3rd Basketball Camp in England
August 12-13th Cutting Edge Quickness & Reaction Clinic in Boise, ID