How do You Measure the Improvements of Your Players or Clients?

Hey, good day!

I hope everyone is practicing GRATITUDE & APTITUDE while at home during this unique time. 

GRATITUDE for all the great things they have in their life: 

  • home 
  • food
  • health 
  • who they love 
  • what they love 
  • who loves them 

APTITUDE: you have time to LEARN and GROW. I don’t read as much as some of you now as much as my mentors do. However, I really try to spend 1-2 hours a day learning, reading, writing and reflecting. Sometimes reciting, reviewing to grow my mind and emotions. 

Below are some AMAZING practical things you can do as a player or Coach to measure improvement. 

It’s called ASSESSMENT.

I get this question a lot from other coaches:

How do you measure the improvements of your clients?

There are many, many ways, but below are a few.


1) 1 on 0 drills with a time or/and score. Keep their score on your first workout and then a month later or anytime you want to measure them and challenge them. Time and score trump laziness. It forces players to increase their motor. 

2) 1 on 1 vs others or yourself . Your intuition, evaluation skills, and discernment can tell where they are from where they came from. Give feedback during the play.

3) 3 on 3 or 2 on 2 

– see how they respond 

4) Test them intellectually 

– what have you taught them

– ask them questions 

– create a 20 question written test

– create a 20 question on court test 

5) What’s their winning %? How many games have they won? Scrimmages, one on one, 2 on 2? Keep track of when they lose and where. They should ALWAYS be keeping a basketball journal! To get win % divide losses by wins.

Basically you should keep notes on where they were the first time you had them and where they are in the moment. Basically you should see them twice a week for two months. If they are working on their game two hours a day for three other days after your training, and 1 hour more in the days they see you, then 100% they should be getting better. 

Players need an aptitude skill. It’s the ability to learn! Overall they need a SWAG.

S- skill

W- work Ethic

A- attitude for aptitude 

G- game, play good in game 



Check out two SWAG drills below!

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