We’re coming close to the school holidays, which means less time on the basketball courts – with junior representative basketball going on a short hiatus for the break. However, this doesn’t have to mean you can’t keep active!
We want to make sure you can pick up where you left off when you return to the court in January for either BQJBC or QNJBC, and are at peak fitness for the State Championships! It’s important to maintain your physical health and skills during this period, as it would be disappointing to realise they’d taken a step back over the break.
To ensure this doesn’t happen, we have come up with 4 ways to maintain your skills in a fun way. Keep reading to find out what they are:
This is a big part of almost any sport, which is why we’ve put it at the top of the list. It’s also one of the easiest to maintain, and can be as simple as going to the closest park with a group of friends and playing a game of relay or going for a long walk or run with your dog. Switch up the types of exercise you are doing to keep it interesting! Endurance can be easily linked with any sport, so it just depends wherever your interests lie.
Speed and Agility
Being able to change direction and gain speed without losing motor control is a fundamental and important to skill to have in basketball. This can be practiced over the holidays by running through a maze of cones, and moving in figure eight patterns. Plastic field cones can be purchased from Kmart for $5.00.
In basketball, everyone wants to be the one who can jump the highest, so we have got an exercise that specifically focuses on this skill. Just take a look at this YouTube video we found.
Swimming is great way to increase muscle strength and coordination. All the movements involved are also a fun way to increase your endurance, confidence, flexibility, posture and balance. With summer fast approaching, swimming is a great way to exercise whilst staying cool!
If you’re interested in seeking more tips on ways to keep active over the Christmas break, feel free to have a chat with your team coach or local club.