If you are determined to become a great basketball player, you must be prepared to train hard with the right kind of training equipment and program. Here is the list of things you wil need for your quest to court domination:
I've researched jump programs and concludes Jacob's Jump Manual is the best there is. I intereviewed 3 of his customers on skype and you can read it here. There are also several training guides and DVDs available on the net which claim to able to increase your leap by fourteen inches within twelve weeks. I haven't been able to verfiy their claims, and I can't get in touch of their customers yet. I will put their claims and interviews here when I had a chance to do so.
There are special shoes you can find on JumpUSA which help you to jump higher and prevent injury to your foot and leg muscles. Some shoe manufacturers have spent years and dollars on research about how the heel and the calf muscles behave when we jump and formed special shoes to help you in leaping greater heights to grab a flying ball or to wrench it from the clutches of a tall opponent.
You can also practice with a heavy basketball which is of the official size but weighs twice than a regular basketball. Practicing with a heavy basketball will not only tone up your required muscle groups but also make you a better shooter, ballhandler, rebounder or passer! This is a must in your training equipment kit and they are not readily available at your local sports equipment vendor. You can find them at JumpUSA.com.
Then there are special small parachutes which you may use to increase your speed and stamina. These parachutes are attached to the back of the athlete and produce a drag while he runs. The drag increases with his acceleration and he has to try harder to maintain the same speed. This extra effort gets converted into stronger muscles which come into good use on the court. They also have other training equipment you can't normally buy at local sport stores such as jumpsoles and reaction balls.
For Basketball Returner, you will generally find cheaper deals on Amazon.com due to free shipping when the purchase amount is over $39. You will appreciate my recommendation on this product when you use it. This little helper will keep you focus and save you massive amount of time.
You may increase your fundamentals dribbling, defense, transitions, and passing skills by attentively following the basketball fundamentals of Steve Nash DVDs. Who's better to learn from other than the back-to-back MVP himself! I have enormous respect for Nash. He is rather small and not gifted with atheletism, and yet, we see him improve year after year. Ultimately winning 2 MVPs, and was a top contender of his third MVP. Learn not only his skills but his mentality and you will be way ahead of your peers.
Then there are things that are either too heavy or too space-occupying that you shouldn't buy online. Such as ankle weights, jump box, hurdles, agility ladder etc. There is no reason to ship solid steel or sand to your home when you can get them locally. Buy smart when spending your money.
Amazon is a very good place to shop for basketball hoops, even better than your local sport equipment vendors. Why? Their sheer economy of scale has allowed them to pass lowered cost cut onto their customers, benefitting both parties. And that's what made them so successful. Even eBay power sellers couldn't compete them in price. I have seen the price of spalding portable hoop gone down to $65.00.
Best of all, it is FREE SHIPPING! Amazon offers free shipping when your purchase amount is over $39, your product will be shipped for free!
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This is obviously the most important thing. The orange colored spherical object which bounces on the court and all the players want to court it like their sweethearts. Don't get into familiar trap cost and value do not mean the same thing.
There are very pricey balls. They are not meant for playing. They are collectors items. Go for a ball costing around $19.99, it will last long enough before you pick up something else that interests you.
Never take the field in any sort of clothing which covers your legs. Ideally you should wear a loose T-shirt and a pair of gym shorts. Ensure the shorts are really well fitting.
Don't forget basketball is a body contact game, surely you would not like to land in a royal mess in the middle of the court after an energetic encounter with the opponents.
These days everybody suddenly seem to walk down memory lane! Almost half a century old designs are making a tumultuous comeback. Designs which were a rage in the 70s are suddenly in vogue. You may not want to be left out. So go for these Chuck Taylor shoes if you could afford them.
Obviously you need something to put on, don't you? Jerseys range from the cheaper ones to the almost ridiculously expensive ones manufactured by Mitchell and Ness. Most of the basketball fans have at least one piece of it tucked away safely in their cupboards as mementos. They would rarely dare to wet it by their sweat!