- It is important to get plenty of rest, so your body can recuperate from strenuous workouts and games, leaving you prepared for the next, and so that your body and mind are also ready for the other challenges of the day outside of basketball. Sleep is critical to a healthy body and mind, so even if you have FOMO (fear of missing out), make sure you get plenty of sleep. If it helps, remind yourself that when it comes time for the 100% effort necessary for success on the court, you won’t be missing out if you’re well-rested.
- Coaches and players should relish rest during practices. Breaks from the physical exertion are necessary, and they also provide a natural time for players and coaches to talk to each other. While everyone catches their breath, you can go over plays or discuss strategy. It’s also a great opportunity for coaches and players to get to know each other better. You can do icebreaker exercises or just have each player and coach talk a bit about their favorite NBA players or games they may have seen the previous night. Team-building during these rest breaks is an important part of what coaches and players should be getting from their youth basketball experience.