Practice Makes Perfect
Most parents believe if they put their child in a basketball league at a young age they will become skilled players. This is a huge misconception. How many times does a player ever get to dribble and shoot in a 5 vs 5 game? They might get ten shots in a game, if they are lucky and that is not very much practice.
This comes down to simple math. If you play 32 minutes in a game with ten other players (and assume everyone touches the ball evenly and plays the entire game), you get to touch the ball for 3 minutes and 20 seconds. That’s not much time to practice with the ball and develop routine skill.
At Pride we believe that playing in games are a small part of the equation. When it comes to basketball development, we believe that the player should focus on proper team work and communication. Focusing on how to play properly by working together is more important than having a good individual game.
A lot of NBA players will focus on mainly practicing because they know that the more you practice the better your skills will become. At Pride we strive to make gaining important life skills our focus.
Game to Practice Ratio
The misconception about games is a big reason why European countries produce more skilled players than the United States. In the U.S. we generally play about 3 games to 1 practice. In Europe they have 3-4 practices to 1 game. Europe has a much better ratio and a more effective skill development system.
In the U.S. with only one practice to prepare, we spend most of our time preparing for the game and putting in schemes and plays to win. This does not improve the actual skills of the players, instead it makes them focused on only winning.
Pride focuses on the youth sports system in a way that doesn’t focus on winning and playing lots of games, but focuses on skill development and teamwork. By switching this ratio and practicing more than playing young athletes will not only become better on the court, but also become better in their daily life practices.