As Basketball players, we have it pretty lucky. You don’t have to worry about your baseball smashing a neighbor’s window, or seeing your football take a dive into a bush. Like Soccer, we have the advantage of being able to practice in smaller areas.
For many of us, the driveway or backyard is the best place to practice Basketball outside of our real training schedules. We have it pretty lucky. We can make a fool of ourselves, hog the place and practice jump shots and dunks until our hearts are content.
Ideally, the surface should be flat. If dribbling isn’t your focus, this becomes even less of a necessity, as making shots or dunks is largely unaffected.
Of course, there is a price for this luxury – you need to purchase a hoop. The price can vary a lot, but there are some absolute steals to be had if you look around. In any case, if you’re serious about Basketball, consider putting that Christmas PS4 on hold and getting a hoop if you haven’t got one already.
Mounting brackets are another option. They’re usually cheaper, and if you have a place to mount them, they’re just as good. However, for dunking especially, keep in mind you need to set it at the correct height (10 foot), otherwise you’re just cheating yourself.
Local Basketball Courts
It makes a ton of difference to have one of these nearby. They’re often empty, so you can practice in peace, but there’s also opportunities to play ball with other people. They can be a great place to make new friends, and time literally flies when you’re having a good time.
Really, you should already know if you have one of these nearby. If you’re living in a populated area, check out https://www.courtsoftheworld.com/, they have a pretty comprehensive list of courts you can check out on an interactive map, and you may even find yourself spoilt for choice.
If you have a local community center like YMCA around, there’s a good chance Basketball is one of their favorite activities. You’ll be accepted regardless of your age and ability – there really is something for everyone at these places.
A Last Resort
If you happen to be really unlucky and not have anywhere to practice outside school hours, basketball camp or your weekly visits to a distant court, remember that the skills involved in Basketball aren’t all about picking up a ball and landing it in the net.
As a website dedicated to increasing your vertical jump, it’s no wonder I’m going to suggest working on your jump during times you don’t have access to a hoop. This is exactly what I did, I started training at home without a hoop and just focusing on my vertical jump against a wall. If you have gym membership, then you can incorporate weight lifting into your routine, as instructed in a jump-specific program like The Jump Manual.