They say, "you play the way you practice."
Assuming that's true, and I have full confidence it is, then coaches and players alike should do everything in their power to maximize every practice.
Here are eight things players should do to maximize every practice:
Take Care of Yourself
Be well fueled, well hydrated, well rested, and take care of your body.
Get to Practice Early.
Don't wait for practice to start, prepare for it. Making 100 extra shots before every practice will have an enormous compound effect over the course of the season.
Approach Practice With a 'Game Like' Mentality
After all, how you do anything is how you do everything. Want to play well in games? Then practice well every day.
Listen With Your Eyes
Your coach won't say it if it's not important. Absorb everything your coaching staff and teammates say by having great eye contact.
Leave Your Comfort Zone
Leave it mentally. Leave it physically. Leave it emotionally. You should be drained at the end of every practice. Leave it on the floor!
Make Your Enthusiasm Contagious
Raise the level of those around you with constant energy. Be vocal.
Be a 'Glue Guy' (or 'Glue Girl')
By definition, glue binds and holds things together. Be the glue guy on your team.
Value the Ball
Every drill. Every scrimmage. Every play. Don't take bad shots or make sloppy passes.