THE TOOLS that will help you SUCCEED
Welcome to the Beyond Your Limits Resources section, a curated list of the tools I strongly recommend for improving and optimizing your basketball game. I have tested every recommendation on this page. Many of the resources listed here were crucial to helping me get the most out of BYL's participants (or were crucial to developing BYL to where it is today).
Before digging into the awesome resources I know and trust, an important disclosure:
Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, I will earn a commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Please understand that I have experience with all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.
Workout tools to keep you improving and motivated
These cards are great for creating your own workout and for the price it cant be beat. Its a 56-card deck of cards tailored to basketball training. They have categories like Inside Moves, Triple Threat, Off-the-Dribble, Shooting, etc. These cards have modification so they can be used for players of all ages and all skill levels. Fitdeck cards are great for getting a good workout in if your not sure what to do. Or you can put together a workout tailored to a specific skill. I highly recommend these cards and Fitdeck also has cards for vertical jump training that is very good also. Check it out
Dribbleup is the best ball handling smart ball on the market you can practice for as long as you want in the driveway, the basement, the gym, or anywhere else. You can only improve what you measure and this app measures your crossover speed, dribble hesitation, endurance level and tracks your dribbling live with an interactive dribble speed meter. The only complaint I have about this ball is that occasionally the app would have trouble tracking my dribbling, but I don't know if that was because of my phone or the app. A virtual coach guides you through workouts and provides analysis of your performance. Its cool and will keep your kid entertained as they improve thier skills. Check it out
Wilson X Connected Smart Basketball is a great ball for tracking your workout stats. It has a non-rechargeable battery life lasts for 100,000 shots. It’s a shooter’s ball designed for shots beyond 7 feet. See where your shot’s hot, or not. A very quality ball just like the Wilson Evolution official game basketball. The app is a little buggy but for tracking your shots its good, it also has some fun competitive games you can play with it. Check it out
courses that actually work
The Stephen Curry Masterclass is jam-packed with 17 lessons of some of the most insightful and helpful basketball techniques, skills, and drills as explained by two-time NBA MVP and superstar Steph Curry. There is virtually no place in the world where you can get this much insight and tutoring from an athlete at the absolute pinnacle of his sport. If you’re new to basketball or if you just want to see how an athlete of Steph Curry’s caliber trains and prepares, you will not be disappointed with Masterclass: Stephen Curry Teaches Shooting, Ball-Handling, and Scoring.
The vertshock program takes the approach of using high-intensity advanced plyometrics exclusively to produce maximum gains in the quickest amount of time. This approach has been found to be highly effective, I have had a few athletes go through the program and they all reported gains of between 6-15 inches during the eight weeks of the program. The best part is that it comes with a 60 day money back guarantee if you are not satisfied and provides support if you have questions or problems. If you’re looking to increase your vertical in the fastest way possible, Vert Shock would be the best choice to give you these results. Check it out
The Scoring Academy has sections for all age and skill levels and is one of the only skills training programs that has a section that caters to children under 10 years old. If you want to give your kid a head start on the competition then you should definitely consider this program. Scoring academy focuses mainly on shooting and dribbling and is very user friendly and comprehensive. It utilizes game like situations to ensure they carry over into the game. It can be followed by anyone of any kill level/experience. Scoring academy is a great value for the price and comes with a money back guarantee. Its portable and convenient to use and follow on the go (iPad, android, computers etc). Check it out
Books That Will Inspire You
This is a very comprehensive book on basketball specific training schedules and methods. The author keeps it simple and does not try to overload the reader with too much. He gets straight to the point. Even down to the number of sets and reps depending on what phase of the season you are in. There are exercises and schedules for every aspect of conditioning, agility exercises, speed training, plyometrics, and weight lifting. In addition to this there is a table with results of basic basketball tests for different ages and skill levels (high school, college, and NBA basketball) this is great for you to compare yourself to others to see where you stand. It gives a huge motivation boost to see what other people can do. The tests are 3/4 court sprints, vertical jump, lane agility test and others. It also comes with a dvd that shows the proper way to do the training. Check it out
The basis of this book is get the fundamentals down and every part of your game will rise. Everyone knows that in order to excel at anything in life practice is absolutely essential. What most people will not tell you is that without technique, discipline and character no amount of practice will help you achieve your goal, especially when it comes to basketball. This book has basketball drills that can help you develop basic skills, tips on how to increase your basketball shooting accuracy, and how to toughen your mental state so that you play with confidence, courage, and control. This book is definetly worth the read. Check it out
The willpower to persevere with passion and a sense of purpose is what matters most in whether a person succeeds or fails is what this book is all about. Its a fiction book about a legendary college basketball coach who is entering the final days of his coaching career. While his team tries to advance through the NCAA postseason tournament, this coach uses his last days as a coach to write his grandchildren letters revealing the rules for a successful and happy life, the rules of grit. The letters are a rallying cry for toughening up and building grit. His fifteen rules provide a clear path to success in just about any endeavor. Check it out