There is nothing more important to your performance in a game at any level than the pregame. Its not talked about as much, but it is important to the player as well as the team. Pregame warm up is typically the teams players just shooting baskets and getting loose. Now this is important but I find that often players and coaches take it for granted or don’t have a plan for pregame. I think players should partner up and warm up together as well as individually. Its important WHAT they do to warm up. I think it should be focused and have a direction.
Of course stretching and light running should be apart of any pregame warm up.
What do I mean? I mean players should be working on drills to warm up. Not just shooting random shots. For example when a player warming up for shooting should be doing a shooting form drill not just shooting. The player should be doing drills that work on more than one skill. Players should also if they can get on the floor early before a game even if its by themselves. I know this cant always happen because of a game going on before their game but as early as possible so they can get the maximum amount of reps and work.
Another thing that works is on game days going to the gym and warming up. Maybe 2 hours or more before a game on game day. This warms the player up and gets them ready and focused. They have plenty of time to get warmed up and go through every drill they want to do for warm up. Then when they get to the gym for the game they are not cold and the pregame warm up will only make them sharper.
Players should be doing dribbling, passing and shooting drills in pregame warm ups, not just shooting randomly. Players should also be doing moves that they would make or use in the game. Time I know wont allow a player usually to touch all of those areas during warm up but a player should make an effort. Again this is why I say a player should get out on floor to warm up as early as possible or go to a gym on game days. The last thing is a player should come up with their own routine of drills they do for pregame warm up. Have a plan for what you are going to do every pregame warm up.
So to recap, players should warm up with a focus on doing drills which work on more than one skill. The player should warm up with a purpose not randomly. Players should warm up at least an hour to 2 hours before the game to maximize their warm up and to help them with the sharpness of their game. If a player takes the pregame warm up as seriously as they take the game itself and plan the warm up the player will find out they are better prepared for the game and will be sharper in their overall execution.