Often times, parents enroll their kid into a Youth Hoops camp to improve their kid’s basketball skills, and confidence.
They’ll stay enrolled for 1 – 2 years. During that time, the kid gets significantly better. Afterwards, the kid will go and have massive success on their recreation, AAU, middle and/or high school teams.
Once success is experienced, many parents (and kids) feel like they’ve arrived, and no longer need to “intentionally” and “deliberately” improve their basketball skill. To me, this doesn’t make any sense. My feeling is “Why would you stop doing the very thing (skill development) that has catapulted a kid to success?”
I believe if you want to be an impact player, practicing and improving your craft should be a year-round thing! This is “Tick-tock you don’t stop!”
I’m not saying a kid should practice all-day, everyday, throughout the year. But, there should be enough skills training (outside of team activity), where the kid is constantly improving (left hand effectiveness, basketball IQ, breaking the press, free throw accuracy, dribbling, etc.).
This is what elite basketball players are doing!