321 Strivers by Coach Matt Lengkeek
A 'Striver' is a person who has an end goal with dozens of smaller and medium specific stretch goals to propel them. Strivers recognize that they alone develop the skills to become great. Spending 50% of their time on craft in isolated development when no one is watching or demanding it. Strivers excel in skill mastery by repetition and timed or max rep training.
Our Elementary School program goal is to introduce players to skill specific basketball development. Teaching language, technique and execution of specific skills is our priority. Enforcing these skills in small sided games to ensure mastery and proper foundation. This focus will prepare them for Junior High Team 5 on 5 Basketball. During this novice elementary stage we want to cultivate both passion and perseverance without the pressures of wins or losses and trophies. We want them to recognize personal weaknesses and strive to become experts.
321 is a ratio of time dedicated to an individuals development. 3 is the alone time spent working on skill specific training. 2 is the time spent at practice within a team. 1 is the time spent playing as a team. In theory for every 1 hour playing in a 'game', 2 hours will be spent in 'team practice' and 3 hours spent alone on dedicated deliberate individual skill and fitness development.
I love the descriptive word Striver. I had been using 'grind' but grinding often has an industrial, laborious and mundane feel like a chore. Strivers are passionate and enjoy the effort in deliberate progression. As Grit author Angela Duckworth puts it conscious incompetence becomes unconscious competence. Strivers are doers and have bought into the process of becoming their best.
If a player plays 1 game once a week. A team should practice for 2 hours. A player should practice on their own for 3 hours. So a player should find 30 minutes a day for specific skill training.
Examples of deliberate stretch goals or drills that quantify validation of skill mastery. Deep concentration is needed to become effortless.
- 2 ball dribble drills
- Maravich hand eye quickness drills
- Form shooting mechanics
- Dribbling: Endurance full court back up and backs, Speed dribbling in 20 feet bursts
- Driible Attack Moves and Counter Dribble Attack Moves
- Mikens Series: Mikens, Reverse Mikens, Jump Hooks, Worms, Bankers, Runners, Under hands
- Lay-ups with Both Hands: Dribble Drives from either side and Dribble Drive reverses.
- Free Throws, Out of Ten, Out of 50, How many in a Row?
- Jump Shooting Around the Paint, Around the 15 Foot Areas, Around the 3-Point Perimeters
- Jump Shooting: Shooting off shot fake, shooting off dribble, runners, off spin-out catch and pivot
- Fitness for quickness and speed: Jumping rope and jumping plyos. Push-ups and streching for flexibilty
- Footwork speed on 4 basketball pivots and jump stops
- Low Post Footwork and Moves: Drops Step, Jump Hooks, Up and Unders, Pivot Face-Ups Jumpers, Pivot Face-ups Jab Drives
- Jab Series: 1 on 0 jab step series, shot and pass fake moves and more.