How to Execute Your Offseason Training Plan

In Part I of this 3-part series I covered Rest, Recovery, and Reflection. In Part II, I covered Evaluating and Planning.

Those five traits laid the foundation for Part III... execution.


Once players have had sufficient rest, evaluated their strengths and weaknesses, and formulated a training plan...they need to execute! They must put that plan into action.

Action is what produces results.

While there will be an overall template that players should follow, no two training programs should be identical. Why? No two players are identical. Hypothetically speaking, the framework of a program may be as much as 90 percent the same, but that remaining 10 percent must be individualized.

If a player has followed my recommendation to this point, they should have a list of 15 traits in descending order—higher scores (strengths) at the top and lower scores (weaknesses) at the bottom.

An age old coaching mantra is the best advice when prioritizing:

"You get what you emphasize."

What should a player emphasize? Strengths or weaknesses?


Players should take a comprehensive approach and work on all applicable areas of their game. However, the time devoted to each trait will vary. If a player has 10 hours per week to devote to their individual development, what percentage of that time should be spent on strengths? On weaknesses?

Here is where it gets tricky. While I do believe players need to devote time to improving applicable weaknesses, they should not neglect making their strengths even stronger. They need to find the aspect of their game that separates them from everyone else. Shooting? Rebounding? Passing? Defending? They need to find their specialty and continue to make it even stronger!

I am not suggesting they don't work on other aspects of their game, but if a player is a knock down, catch-and-shoot long range specialist, do they really need to spend hours on end working on creative finishes around the basket? Given that most of the shots they get in games are on the perimeter? Assuming they want to play at the next level, it's best to make your strengths even stronger!

In a similar context, we have a potential All-American, 6-foot-8, 270-pound junior at DeMatha. He is strong as an ox with tremendous hands and footwork. He is the best shot blocker I have ever seen at the high school level. His post moves are getting better, but aren't consistent. He is a respectable free throw shooter but doesn't have a solid face up game (yet). He runs the floor OK, but not great. He is unselfish, has a great attitude, and will put in the work. He has the potential to be a pro.

Given this quick evaluation, what should he focus on?

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