Playing time - A basketball balancing act

Year after year, playing time is one of the top issues on the minds of players (and their families).

Whether it is justified or not, many players find themselves not getting the time on the court they desire. There are situations in which it comes down to coach oversights, preferences, or bias. Almost always though, a player can increase their playing time by stepping up their game.

I don’t complain about playing time. My job is to play so well the coach can’t sit me.
— Shane Battier

All of the practice and effort that goes into basketball comes together in games, so that is why it can be so frustrating to not get many minutes - if any at all. No-matter the reason for limited minutes, the frustration is understandable.

That being said, many of your minutes are truly up to you. A coach controls substitutions, but you control your abilities. In a game situation, a coach’s mind is going 100 miles per hour. Many of their decisions are based on split-second instinct. They go to players and schemes that they are comfortable with and make sense in specific situations.

During your time on the court, time in practice, and even time off the court, present your best self to your coach. Get noticed by your play and demeanor - this will place you more prominently in your coach’s mind. Naturally, this will pay off when those split-second decisions happen in games.

The best thing you can do to increase playing time is simple - step up your game. Just practicing with your team is not going to separate you from the pack. The most improvement often happens in the offseason.

Not only getting up shots, but going through basketball specific workouts like those offered by The Basketball Movement are the kind of thing that separates a team’s best players from the rest.

It can be tough to dig yourself out of the hole that the bench can sometimes be, so it will take patience and determination. Overcoming adversity is something else that helps to separate the strongest from the pack, however. It is a challenge worth taking on if you are serious about getting more minutes.

Parents - It can be tough to accept sometimes, but this isn’t your battle. Coaching decisions are not yours to make and you must understand that you have blind spots when it comes to your own boys and girls. If coaching actions seem abusive in any way, it is of course time to step up. With issues such as playing time however, just support your children and be willing to help them in any way possible.

As mentioned, The Basketball Movement is a tremendous resource in the Midwest for scenarios just like these. If a player is serious about improving in a hurry, The Basketball Movement is the perfect place to start at any level of the game.

Remember you can contact them anytime here!

"The person is the player"

A Robert Yanders quote cuts deep as we reflect on the impact your life can have on your game.

Often, we are told to shut out emotions as players. The ideal basketball player is always calm, cool, and collected. It is one thing to play with passion, but carrying feelings of sadness, anger, or even a carefree attitude onto the court can negatively impact your play. All of this may be true, but it is unrealistic to expect this from players at all times.

Whether or not you realize it, your life is affecting you on the basketball court. This can be a positive or negative thing. When things are going well in your life, you have less worries. Less worry means less distraction to take away from what you are doing in game-time situations. Basketball can be a distraction from life on its own, but life always finds its way into your thoughts and demeanor.

“The person is the player” is a favorite quote of The Basketball Movement’s Founder, Robert Yanders. Rob understands that players are more than just guards and forwards - they are people; sons, daughters, friends, students, employees, what have you.

This understanding is what makes Rob such a great coach. He cares for his players and knows that one way to improve on the court is to have a happy life.

Eliminating negativity from your life can be important for not just basketball, but everything you do. The issue with eliminating negativity is that it isn’t always possible. You can cut out toxic friends and influences, but some potentially negative aspects of your life may be more permanent.

It may be easier said than done, but it is important to try and shape the negativity into controlled aggression, motivation, and a competitive advantage. No one knows exactly what you’re going through besides yourself. If you must dwell on those issues, put a positive spin on them. Use things like basketball to enhance your life by making you rise above your problems. Not much beats the feeling of netting a shot, outrunning an opponent for a loose ball, or skying over everyone for a rebound. The harder you play, the more the issues of the world melt away.

There are hurdles to overcome in sport and in life. Sport is a very valuable learning ground for how to live your life in the best possible way.
— Lynn Davies

If things are generally positive in your life, you will naturally have fewer worries on the court. On the flip side though, you may have less reason to have an edge or play with a chip on your shoulder.

As a player, I (@WilHarrington) personally had a pretty carefree attitude. Win-lose-or-draw, I was about the same after each game. I was happy to have been able to play and not too concerned when I didn’t get subbed in as much as I would like. As a person, this contentment certainly seemed like a strength. As a player however, it resulted in a lack of drive that could hold me back in a competitive situation.

Positive thinking is more than just a tagline. It changes the way we behave. And I firmly believe that when I am positive, it not only makes me better, but it also makes those around me better.
— Harvey Mackay

Everyone is different. Each individual player has a unique situation and a unique way to cope. With Yanders Law and at The Basketball Movement, Rob Yanders and his coaches are able to bring out a competitive fire in complacent players like I used to be. They can also teach players with more difficult backgrounds to take what they feel may be holding them back and turn it into a monstrous drive to succeed.

Do your best to mold your life into what you want it to be. For help translating everything to the basketball court, reach out to your Yanders Law coaches or contact The Basketball Movement here!

Yanders Law athletes in The Basketball Movement Invitational

Multiple Yanders Law athletes are set to participate in The Basketball Movement Invitational Camp for high school boys.

From October fourth through the sixth, our affiliates at The Basketball Movement are holding their annual invitational camp for top-tier high school boys. Once again, there are expected to be several athletes in attendance from our Yanders Law family.

The camp features what you would expect from any basketball event in terms of drills, skill development, fundamental honing, and more. All of this is of course ramped up several levels by the patented intensity that you can always expect at The Basketball Movement from Lead Trainer/Owner Rob Yanders and his team of coaches.

In addition to traditional camp elements, The Invitational will also act as a showcase of sorts, since it will be featuring such a wealth of talented players. There will be intense scrimmages every day, giving the players an opportunity to show out.

These scrimmages and other head-to-head style activities allow the players to truly benefit from being around other good players. Iron sharpens iron, which is what The Basketball Movement Invitational Camp is all about.

As for who will be in attendance, multiple names of invitees have dropped already. There are still more coming too. The best chance to see the names of invitees is to catch it first by following The Basketball Movement on Instagram. Rob Yanders has been dropping the names of his selections one at a time, giving each player an individualized shoutout. This also acts as a preview of the treatment that’s to come, as the camp provides a pro atmosphere with professional photos for each player, media exposure, and access to the top level facility.

Spectators are not only welcome, but encouraged to attend! Courtside leather seats will be available first-come-first-served for witnessing this top-tier event and impressive athletes.

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Again, keep an eye out on the Yanders Law names being dropped and mark your calendars! This should be another good one. Stay tuned!

Make sure you are following Yanders Law across all platforms!

At Yanders Law, we do our best to keep you in the loop. Help us help you by giving us a follow on all social media platforms!

At present, Yanders Law social media accounts certainly share consistencies, but also some slight differences too. To make sure you are getting the full experience, you should be following along across the board to take in all content.

Our Facebook account is currently set up as an individual rather than a business page - be our friend! On Facebook you will see these blog updates, the biggest player news, and team updates. It is also a great place to reach out and let us know if you or your Yanders Law athlete have any big news concerning recruitment or otherwise.

On our Twitter, you will see much of the same in the form of these posts and big player news. In addition, Twitter is where the league pages are most active such as NY2LA and GNBA. For this reason, we are easily able to retweet final score updates from games as well as their picks for any standout Yanders Law athletes. For the biggest Yanders Law fans, Twitter is a must.

Finally, our Instagram is the best place to get visual glimpses inside the Yanders Law program. The posts come directly from the Founder himself, Rob Yanders. He drops team pictures, news, and his patented motivation that everyone can benefit from.

So, make sure that you are tuned into all outlets of Yanders Law to get as much #LawNation goodness as possible! Even during stretches where school ball becomes prioritized, we will be coming at you with recruiting news, basketball tips, motivation, and more.

Do yourself a favor and stay tuned! Thanks as always for being along for the ride!

What it means to be "In the trenches"

There is a sports analogy that refers to teams being “in the trenches.” What exactly does this mean?

First, perhaps we should start by saying that the origin of saying you are “in the trenches” comes from war time. At war, soldiers would dig and then occupy trenches with their fellow soldiers, putting them in a frightening, front-lines experience that only their fellow soldiers could possibly understand. So, we want to quickly point out that nothing about basketball or any sport can actually truly compare to combat situations - in case that wasn’t obvious.

Despite the seriousness of its origins, the saying is still used because it is easy to apply to other situations in which you and your brothers or sisters on a team go through tough times together to achieve goals bigger than any one individual. Only athletes that have put blood, sweat, and tears into a sport can fully understand the elation of winning championships or the lows of big losses. That is why we so often hear professionals mentioning that outsiders don’t fully understand the work that goes in behind the scenes.

There is an old clip of Isaiah Thomas (the original, Bad Boy Pistons Isaiah Thomas) watching back for the first time the tape of himself battling through a sprained ankle in the Finals, doing everything he could to will his team to victory before falling short. They cut back to Thomas, who was crying. When the host asks him about his emotion, Thomas begins to answer, but winds up telling him “You wouldn’t understand.”

It’s true. Almost everyone has played sports, so there may be some degree of understanding, but the specific circumstances that you fight through as an individual or as a team are unique. Isaiah legitimately gave his all in that series, but was unable to make magic happen. Putting it all on the court and leaving it there is a big undertaking, but one that true competitors will take on every time.

What each team goes through is what brings them closer as individuals. The greatest teams drew close in practices, on the road, or off the court - A.K.A. the trenches.

To be in the trenches with teammates is a special thing that should not be taken lightly. We hope that all of our Yanders Law athletes understand this and not only use their time to become better at basketball, but also stronger individuals and better teammates/friends.

When you are putting in work down in the trenches of the sport, don’t just do it for yourself. Do it for your team - your brothers and sisters in Yanders Law colors. The best players are almost always amazing teammates. When and where do you become an amazing teammate? In the trenches.

Back to school for Law Nation

As our athletes head back to school, we hope that they remember to embody the lessons they learned with us over the summer!

For our Yanders Law family - Law Nation - we want to see a bunch of checks in the win column, but most importantly, we want to turn out successful men and women. When the red, white, or blue jerseys are on, it’s game time; locking in and taking care of business on the court is paramount. Off the court, many of the same lessons can still apply, and we hope our athletes strive to apply those lessons.

At the level of the game our athletes play (high school on down), education is ultimately the most important thing you can focus on from a developmental standpoint. Fitness, competition, and staying active are absolutely important, but if you’re educated, you will understand that and handle it one way or another anyway!

Basketball is obviously huge for us here at Yanders Law, but part of that is because we understand its use as a tool to craft better people. Character is one of the greatest things we hope to aid our athletes in. Not only do we want our guys and gals to focus on education this school year, but also how they interact with those around them.

Sports help to create leaders. Lessons learned through Yanders Law and basketball in general can easily transfer off the court. As our founder, Rob Yanders has said “Sport is the greatest metaphor for life.” This is because you experience so many highs and lows and learn how to deal with both. All of this is done as a part of a team, which amplifies each experience.

Homework, studying, and paying attention class may not always be the most fun things to do. However, these are the little pieces that add up to an important whole.

The more you can soak up and learn in school, the more ammunition you will have to deal with all of your endeavors in life. Even if you don’t think you will use everything from algebra in day-to-day life, be aware that learning to think in different ways is just as important of a takeaway. Grow your mind and reap the rewards.

Perhaps you will have an easier time wrapping your head around our plays next time you suit up! Sound crazy? You may be surprised how many of our best players are also fantastic students.

Bettering yourself in any way is a positive, so take advantage of your classes and show them that #LawNation work ethic. Make us proud!

Be willing to adjust your game

You may have a good way of doing things. Are you willing to adjust your methods to become great?

A lot of players have multiple things they are good at. Solid free throw shooting, decent assist to turnover ratio, and serviceable defense can make you a contributor for a team. A player should not settle for these things. Shooting free throws at 70 percent? You may have to take some expert advice and be willing to tweak your shot to get to 75 or 80 percent.

Especially when it comes to shooting, players are often too proud to admit that they need to adjust from their old way of doing things. There have been a few players that have made it far with unorthodox shooting motions, but few of them have been considered great shooters.

You could get away with funky shooting if you make up for it in other ways like say... Dwight Howard. But let's be honest, you likely aren't Dwight Howard.

Being able to step back and take advice from those who have played the game at a high level and closely monitored the successes and failures of other players a high levels - that is how you can improve.

To be a good or great player, you will need to be able to adapt to doing things the best way possible. Keeping a low, strong dribble will reap more rewards than dribbling loose and high. Being tall will help get rebounds, but working hard at pursuing and having a nose for angles will elevate your ability. Always be willing to improve.

We can always be average and just do what’s normal. I’m not in this to do what’s normal.
— Kobe Bryant

If you are already doing something your way or a prior mentor/coaches way at an impressive clip - that's great. A good trainer or coach can recognize that and allow you to keep doing your thing. However, if they advise you to tweak it slightly to improve consistency (like keeping your elbow in a bit more while you shoot), it can't hurt to listen and give it a legitimate try.

We may be biased, but results don't lie. The Basketball Movement is the premier training facility in this part of the country, with some of the best coaches and trainers. If you're already good, that's awesome - we love it. There is however an opportunity for you to become great and they would love to help you. Contact them here to take your game to the next level.

Anton Brookshire draws praise from NBA-level talent

Following the recent Alize Johnson Basketball Camp at The Basketball Movement, Anton Brookshire stood out to the NBA host.

Another Yanders Law standout from the recent Alize Johnson Camp at The Basketball Movement, Anton Brookshire turned some heads as he often does. This time, he caught the eye of the camp’s host, Missouri State alum and Indiana Pacer, Alize Johnson.

Johnson was great with the athletes of all ages at his camp, giving encouragement, challenging, and growing together on his already impressive basketball journey. Giving back to the communities that helped along the way is an important piece for professional players. In doing so, they are likely to come across some young ballers that they empathize with and connect to.

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“He reminds me of myself,” Alize said about Anton. “He is really humble and not necessarily trying to be big-time.”

This is high praise, especially for a player like Anton who doesn’t seek the spotlight. He simply gets in the gym every single day, trying to improve upon every facet of his game and become a leader on the court. With that, the spotlight will come, but to not seek it directly is an important key on his path.

Alize gave Anton several social media shoutouts and even offered to follow the first 100 people that went to follow his “little brother” Anton on Instagram. Again, Anton isn’t one for the spotlight, but these were cool moments for the young player.

He really knows who he is, which is big at that age - not everyone is like that. He knows he can have it all, but he doesn’t let that make him bigger than anyone. He can be a pro.
— Alize Johnson on Anton Brookshire

Often times, it takes a pro to know a pro, which should be an exciting prospect for Brookshire. It takes more than that though, and the work will not stop until a player is ready to hang it up. Luckily, we know Anton well enough that it is apparent he won’t stop. To have been on the grind so much already displays his dedication - something that will only grow as he inches closer to all of his goals as a player.

With the necessary drive and all the right tools, Anton Brookshire is well on his way to achieving all of his on-court goals. As a young man, he seems to already possess the qualities needed to be successful off the court as well.

We want to thank Alize Johnson for working with many of our athletes. Opportunities to learn from NBA-level talent means you had a chance to work with one of the best in the world. Props again to Anton for standing out in all the right ways. The best is still yet to come!