The Basketball Podcast: E18 Mike Rocca on Practicing with BDT

RELEASE DATE : 05/12/2018

In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, Coach Mark Jablonski discusses a games approach to practicing, basketball decision training, and other aspects of training from a player’s perspective, with former Windsor Lancer player Mike Rocca.

Mike Rocca played his whole university career for Basketball Immersion founder, and head coach of the University of Windsor men’s basketball team, Chris Oliver. Mike developed into an all-star, and an all-time player at the University of Windsor. He graduated top 10 all-time in scoring, rebounds and assists at the University.

Check out this video of Mike Rocca using BDT in his training

Mark Jablonski is a former Division 1 collegiate basketball player from the University of Pennsylvania and was part of Penn’s run to the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen. He also holds a Certificate in Basketball Analytics from Sports Management Worldwide and has established a successful basketball player development practice based in New York City, working extensively with Coach Oliver at Breakthrough Basketball camps around North America.

Mike Rocca Quotes:

“The blueprint was already set for me . . it was just a matter of me willing to do the work. . “

“Your role is determined by what you do in the off-season and how hard you commit to the blueprint.”

“[BDT] has translated perfectly for me . . it’s advanced my game so much further than I could have imagined . . “

“Each year I constantly improved . . and it was based on the training I was doing.”

“Throughout my career . . there were constant progressions made not only year over year but halfway through the season . . I would come back . . and have a better second half of the year than the first half.”

“I earned the right to get freedom on the court . . “

“I’m a smaller player . . for me to create an advantage I had to try non-traditional passes that would force the close out to be later.”

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Mike Rocca Breakdown:

1:00 – Introduction
2:00 – How to Apply BDT
3:00 – Teaching Basketball Decision Training
5:00 – It all Starts from the Feet
6:00 – Building the Enjoyment
9:00 – Applying BDT to the Different Skill Levels
11:00 – Evaluating Skill
12:30 – Applying BDT to the NBA
15:00 – Example of application of BDT for NBA Players
16:45 – “I think it’s a Method of Practice…”
17:40 – Simulating the Game
19:00 – Add a Defender
20:00 – Making Decision in a Game
21:45 – Ball Pick-Up Concepts
23:39 – Maximizing Time on Tasks
25:00 – Access to Information
27:00 – Your Players are the Model for What the Teach
29:00 – Applying BDT for Individual Player Development
31:00 – Youth Basketball Coach
32:00 – Defining Effort to Players
33:30 – General Feedback is a Big Problem
34:31 – Finishing Moves
36:00 – Decision Making
38:00 – Giving Templates
40:20 – Giving Freedom
41:00 – Unstructured Moments
42:00 – 3 F’s of Basketball – Fun, Freedom and Focus
43:00 – Valuing FUN
44:00 – Defining Freedom in Shot Selection
47:00 – Giving Permission
47:40 – Negative Mentality
50:00 – Short and Long Term Focus
53:00 – Decision Before the Skill

Mike Rocca Links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MRocca10

Rocca Basketball Academy

Instagram @roccabasketballacademy

Twitter @roccabasketball

Facebook rocca elite basketball academy

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