#1 Basketball Skills Training in Massachusetts!
At Premier Hoops, our coaches are trained on a system of skill development that truly produces results. Our drills are continually updated and improved and are also a compliation of drills used by top basketball coaches in America!
Premier athletes are evaluated and re-evaluated every season by their coaches through our online progress checker. All player can log-in on line and track their stats/goals and see if they are improving!
Premier Hoops offers private lessons as well as season small group training programs in Massachusetts! Our secret is combing certified coaches and small groups. We cap the amount of players that participate throughout a season to make sure that all players get top quality instruction! Skill development is what we do!
At each Premier Hoops training location, the coaches create a very positive atmosphere for the athletes where they play basketball and make new friends. This makes it fun to improve and keep coming back!
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"A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals."- Larry Bird
The best way to get better at basketball is to play as much as you can every single day! There was a point in time where parks and courts would be flooded with athletes playing pick-up basketball. These days, that seems to be a rare find in most areas. Don't let that be your excuse not to play everyday- Find somewhere to play! Find friends to play with, play by yourself, don't stop when it gets uncomfortable-- keep going. These are all habits of the greatest players of all time! Let's look at some of the life lessons that Michael Jordan taught us:
1. You get out of it what you put into it- "If you do the work you get rewarded. There are no shortcuts in life."
2. Practice everyday- "I'm not out there sweating for three hours everyday just to find out what it feels like to sweat."
3. Respond to failure- "Failure makes me work even harder."
4. Set high goals- "You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them."
5. Love what you do- "Just play. Have Fun. Enjoy the game."
6. Stay Focused- " Never think about what's at stake… If you start to think about who is going to win, you've lost focus."
7. Never Give Up- "Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it."
8. Don't be Afraid- "I've never been afraid to fail."
9. Be Optimistic- "Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation."
10. Play to Win!- "I play to win, whether during practice or a real game. And I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win."
When we look at some of the greatest players of all time, the one thing they all have in common is their desire to be great. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school team and went on to become the greatest basketball player of all time. Being skilled at anything isn't something that you are born with; you have to work at it every single day. When you are trying to decide which basketball program to be a part of in the off-season, go with the one that allows you to touch the basketball and play the most! Anyone that tells you that you are "guaranteed" to get better when you are only playing once or twice a week is not being honest with you. You know what it takes to be great, it's up to you to decide if you want to put in the work and be the best you can be!
"Offense sells tickets, defense wins championships"
The foundation of every good basketball team is its defense, however, defense is often overlooked. When you first start playing basketball, all you care about is getting the ball and scoring- playing offense is the fun part and scoring a lot of points will get people to praise you! Defense, on the other hand, is not fun and is not usually something you get recognition over. With this mindset, it is hard to enforce and understand how critical defense is to a team's success. When every player on a team buys into working 100% on defense and resting on offense, the team will prevail.
Communication is the base of every good defense. Constant communication on defense is key. Too many times, there is no talking on defense, which is a tough habit to break. Talking on defense requires you to use your voice while you are going your hardest defending, talking while you are tired is something your body needs to be trained to do- this starts at practice! Players need to let their teammates know if a pick is coming, when players are flashing and cutting, and if they need help. Constantly talking on defense will help your team play together as one unit and will also frustrate and confuse your opponent. Think about games you've played in before where the other team was obnoxiously loud on defense and you couldn't concentrate and got flustered. When everyone talks and brings energy, your team sets the tone of the game.
Top Defensive Techniques of a Good Basketball Team:
1. TAKE PRIDE IN YOUR DEFENSE: if you are in man-to-man, take it personal when the person you are guarding scores. Pretend you are playing 1on1- maybe you had a great offensive game and scored 20 points, but if you gave up 30, you are hurting your team.
2. Defend Without Fouling- Fouling leads to points for the other team.
3. NO Transition Baskets: sprint back, locate the ball, communicate with the members of your team and get into your defense.
4. Voices Up and Hands Up CONSTANTLY: when all 5 members of the team are loud with active hands, they are a 100 times more dangerous.
5. Discipline: great defensive teams remain discipline throughout the ENTIRE position. Don't put all that work in and let up once the shot clock is winding down.
6. Box-Out and Rebound: finish every stop with a rebound. Once the shot goes up, your job isn't done until the ball is in the hands of you or your teammates.
7. Proper Rotations: move when the ball moves with a purpose. Don't get caught in no mans land.
8. Win Every 50/50: every player on the court should do everything in their power to win a loose ball no matter what.
We hope that this post has inspired you to pick up the intensity on defense! Set the tone of the game and take initiative among your teammates. Hold yourselves accountable and take it personal when the other team scores. The team with more stops at the end of the game will win… Defend to win!
Youth sports in this day and age seem to be getting a little less popular by each season. Other interests seem to be taking over by popular demand, which is unfortunate because there is truly so much value in playing on a team. Preparing for the real world and what problems they'll face in the future often is a smoother experience if you have years of playing on a sports team under your belt. In addition to a brighter future, team sports can be helpful during the teenage years as well.
Staying Out of Trouble: One challenge of being a parent to a teenager is keeping them out of trouble. Having minimal free time on your hands is one way to avoid mischief. A teen on a sports team has homework, practices, games and team activities to balance which leaves very little time for a social life outside of that.
Setting Goals: Setting goals as a group and working towards those goals is so important in life and sports is one of the best ways to enforce that hard work gets results. This also helps kids understand accountability within the team because you depend on each other and hold each other accountable.
Healthy Lifestyle: Being active is part of living a healthy lifestyle. Exercising every day is important and promotes good habits. In addition to working out, it is important with nutrition consumption. You can't perform effectively in athletics if you are eating junk food. More importantly, you can't perform in athletics if you are putting drugs and alcohol into your body.
Being a Part of Something Bigger Than Yourself: The best part about playing sports is belonging to something and making a difference. A group of people can get more accomplished than just one person.
Making Friends: One of the best friends you will make throughout your life are your teammates. Spending countless hours in the gym together, you really become a family. In high school, you can be on a team with kids who are older or younger than you and you are forced to work together whether or not you were friends before. Being on a team cuts across social divides and gives each member a sense of belonging.
Time Management: When you are a student athlete, you are forced to learn how to manage your time effectively. It can be extremely challenging at times to balance homework, studying, practices/games and getting enough sleep. Student athletes learn to use there free time wisely. This is a trait that they will carry over to the real world.
Memories: The memories that you make throughout your life by playing sports will stay with you for the rest of your life. Big victories or upsetting defeats will remain with the individuals of the team long after the season is over!
"Even when you've played the game of your life, it's the feeling of teamwork that you'll remember. You'll forget the plays, the shots, and the scores. But you'll never forget your teammates."
“AAU Basketball” in Massachusetts?
Ask many youth hoop followers and they’ll tell you that you can now choose from hundreds of AAU basketball programs in Massachusetts.
This is a quote from the Wall Street Journal Online article called “American Kids Flunk Basketball 101″ which features an interview with MIchael Beasley.
“By the middle of the last NBA season, as concerns build about his dwindling playing time and rough transition to the NBA, last year’s No. 2 overall pick, Michael Beasley of the Miami Heat, finally conceded a fundamental flaw: No one, at any level in his basketball career, had asked him to play defense. And especially not in AAU. “If you’re playing defense in AAU, you don’t need to be playing,” he says. “I’ve honestly never seen anyone play defense in AAU.”
Also, Coach Stan Van Gundy had this to say:
“It’s a bad system for developing players,” says Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy. “They aren’t learning to handle the ball, they aren’t learning to make plays against pressure. The emphasis with our high-school players is to get exposure and play as many games as you can and show everybody how great you are. If I can win the 11-and-12 year old league and tell all my friends about it, that is a whole lot more important than if my kids actually get any better or learn anything about the game.”
In Europe, Mr. Van Gundy says, “those guys are doing five or six practices for every game. They are spending a lot of time in the gym working on individual skills. It’s reversed here.”
The average cost to play on an “AAU” team is between $450-$750, depending on the season and quality of the program.
…I had an interesting conversation with an old college basketball teammate of mine the other day. I told him that an average varsity team can beat over 50% of the high school teams playing in AAU. He said that when he was in high school, AAU was only for the D1 players. he said that he never played AAU basketball, but he practiced a lot. He was still able to play at a good D3 college.
“AAU” has become a big “money maker” and almost a different league of its own.
There are still good programs around…
…but the only problem is that the majority of programs in MA do not make any cuts after tryouts.
Instead, these programs split teams in to A, B, and C divisions.
This becomes a “pay to play” program, which is when if you can write a check then you can play on a team.
So, “AAU” basketball in MA is now filled with poorly skilled basketball players playing on a team in weekend tournaments called AAU tournaments.
Making money of teams is the business of many AAU programs.
Typically the fully sponsored AAU teams are where players should aspire to play, because everything is paid for.
The emergence of more teams and new AAU basketball programs has been very detrimental to the skill development in youth basketball.
By offering a “pay to play” program, players are usually only practice once per week in a given season.
AAU programs scramble to find coaches to fit the demand for teams, which makes the quality of coaching poor.
The high costs in gym space, tournaments, and coaching makes it hard for AAU programs to offer a lot of practice times for the players.
The more athletes practice, the better they get.
Unfortunately, practice time costs money and for many AAU progams, the margins are to small to allow for more practice times for it’s players.
Now, in many AAU clubs, you have poorly skilled players, paying to play on a team, which practices once per week and plays in a small amount of weekend tournaments.
The youth athletes are paying more and practicing less because of so many structured “pay to play” programs around.
Many of them claim to be ELITE, but they are not.
When considering investing money in a basketball program in Massachusetts, these are some of the things to consider:
If I sign my son or daughter up for AAU, will he or she practice with good coaching 3-4 nights per week? Is my son or daughter a standout athlete or gym-rat, that will benefit from playing in high level AAU? Does it make more sense for my child to work on his or her skills 3-4 nights per week or practice with a team once per week? How many teams does the AAU program have? If there is more than one team per age group, this tells you it is a “pay to play” program.
These are some good articles to read about AAU basketball and it’s impacts on youth basketball development:
ESPN: “Former NBA player Steve Kerr says the AAU culture is having a negative impact on the development of young players.” This was taken from: http://espn.go.com/blog/collegebasketballnation/post/_/id/58828/steve-kerr-on-the-age-limit-and-aau
WALL STREET JOURNAL: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052970204621904574248282288269744
THE HOOP CONSULTANTS: http://www.hoopconsultants.com/2012/03/what-is-wrong-with-the-game-of-basketball/
CSN CHICAGO: http://www.csnchicago.com/article/aau-basketball-good-bad-and-ugly
N3xt Level Performance Training
Improving in basketball takes consistent practice and hard work!
It is common knowledge that if you practice something everyday that you will improve in it.
For basketball, players can get good quick, but to master the skills a player must work at all the time.
This article will discuss some of the benefits of training on your game every day and is based on Premier Hoops seasonal basketball developmental programs (currently offered in Massachusetts)
Basketball training is a combination of skill development and conditioning drills.
Practicing ball-handling and shooting drills by yourself or with a friend can really elevate your game!
The main benefits of basketball training every day!
In no particular order.
Premier Hoops provides consistency and structure of youth athletes in MA! If an athlete is not doing well in school then they are not allowed to participate in the program. We take deep pride in connecting youth athletes with good coaches, mentors and roll models. The Prime Motor Group Scholarship Fund aids Premier Hoops’s Families every year to make it possible for need-based athletes to attend the training program.
To summarize this article, combining the time an athlete spends practice alone with 3-5 nights per week with Premier Hoops can add many benefits. Our players do not only gain confidence and strength for basketball, but it also carries over into other sports and other areas in life. Throughout the past four years of Premier Hoops training programs in Massachusetts, there has been a tremendous increase in player performance on and off the court. Many of our athletes keep above a 3.0 grade point average! We have found that training every day can make a positive impact in the classroom…. our athletes are more focused and discipline from the workouts and are also mentored by some of the best trainers in Massachusetts!
We invite an athlete to try Premier Hoops!
Spring – Summer – Fall – Winter
Visit www.premierhoopsters.com or “like us” on facebook!
The foundation of a successful sports team is within the members of the team. Great teams have positive leaders and supportive teammates. In order to be a good teammate, it is vital to have trust within each other. Every team sets out to achieve a common goal, trusting your teammates and having their back is crucial. To be a winner, you must have the right mindset and understand how important your teammates are and how much you need them.
Every member of a team is an ingredient to its success! This is a fact that tends to be over-looked by everyone. All teams have different levels of talent and different strengths and weaknesses. Whether you play 1 minute or 32 minutes, you contribute to a win or a loss. Giving your best effort at practice to make your teammates better is part of being a good teammate. Always remember, "You practice how you play, you play how you practice". If you are someone who doesn't see a lot of time during games, do your best to make your other teammates better! Not giving your best effort is only cheating yourself and your team.
Being a good teammate means doing all of the little things. Little things such as boxing out every time a shot goes up. All it takes is one person to not box out and the rest of the team (who did box), did that work for nothing- don't let your teammates down. Go hard after a loose ball; don't be afraid to dive on the floor! One possession can be the difference between winning and losing a game; a good teammate will sacrifice their body for a loose ball. Make good passes on offense! Making a good pass is crucial in executing your offense. Don't make a sloppy pass that is hard to catch or a bad pass to your teammate that will put them in a bad position. Set good picks for your teammate. Give up your own shot if someone else has a better shot. The little things make a big difference in a game. If every member of the team acts as a good teammate and conquers the little things as an individual, the team will have a lot of success.
Have the right attitude on and off the court. Being a good teammate means you must respect yourself, your team and your program. Come to games and practices on time, well rested, and ready to go. Practice good sportsmanship, trash talking and dirty play will get you nowhere. Always play hard, play with class and with enthusiasm. There are certain things in basketball that we cannot control- referees, the dynamics of the court, the ball you are using, and the gym you are playing in, the spectators, etc. Don't let these things control the way you play! Play hard, play to win, and leave it all on the court!
It is very difficult to find a good, high quality basketball program in MA!
The key essentials to a great program are:
Good attention and focus on skill development Limited group sizes Good and positive coaching Competitive top tiered teams The ability for athletes to train at least four nights per week Great organization Responsible and professional coaches and program directors Teaching the fundamentals of ball-handling, passing, shooting, layups, setting good screens, dribble moves, and much much more!
When you look for a program, make sure you consider these factors! A lot of programs in Massachusetts claim to be “ELITE”, however, they are simply about making money.
Each season, AAU and other programs host tryouts to create teams. For example, in January, February, and March programs in MA host tryouts for the spring season. In the spring, they put together teams to practice together and compete in weekend tournaments.
Do not trust a program where every player makes a team!
Do you really think that one practice per week for about 8 weeks will make your son/daughter a better basketball player?
Typically these AAU programs offer one practice per week, one skills and drills clinic per week, and 6-7 weekends of tournament play.
The programs that claim to be ELITE have some of the worst and poorly organized skill development clinics, so you can cancel the “one skills practice per week” out of the season’s equation.
Now you are left with one team practice and about 6 or 7 weekends of tournaments, where your son or daughter may get 5-10 ball touches in a given weekend.
Please tell me how that makes any sense for your young athlete?
If you see this happening in a program, then this is a sign that they are simply trying to make money of you and your child.
Every time should be competitive and hard to make. This keeps athletes practicing hard to continue to improve and get better for the next level.
Many basketball, AAU and other programs in the Massachusetts will create a team for almost every athlete that tries out. Now, how does that make sense?
If players are not that good, they need to practice their skills everyday and improve. They shouldn’t be rewarded by making a team…
So… make sure to be realistic and understand where your child is at in his/her development. If your son/daughter is just a beginner and they make an AAU team then you know it’s all about the money!
For over 75% of youth athletes, playing on an AAU team for beginners is a waste of money and time.
If you want your money to go well spent, try Premier Hoops.
Premier Hoops offers top level skill development programs with a personalized coach to player ratio.
Our skill programs work players hard and kids see results!
We believe in a regimented skill training program, which gives the opportunity for our players to train up to five nights per week in a given season.
We know we have a good program because of the tremendous results we’ve seen in our athletes over the past four years!
…Train With The Best.
Time = life; therefore, waste your time and waste of your life, or master your time and master your life-
Understanding the importance of managing your time well is one of the most valuable tools to success in life. The earlier that a child learns the right organizational skills, the easier it will be for them to excel in their academics, athletics, extra curricular activities and social life. It is important to understand that balancing everything on their plate by priority is key. It's common for kids to rely on their parents to figure out their schedules with in-school activities and out of school activities. As a child gets older, it's crucial for them to understand they have responsibilities and to start figuring out how to manage there time most effectively.
The life of a student athlete requires a lot of time and commitment at any level. Staying on top of how you manage your time is key to being successful in the classroom and on the court. We've outlined a few strategies that we've learned will make a weekly schedule work:
Don't Over-Commit: One of the first steps to managing your time is by first being realistic to yourself and knowing your limits. Once you know the schedule of your activities, the more organized you are, the better. These are skills that will remain extremely useful and valuable to you in your professional career.
Integrated Planning: Combining all of your schedules into one planner is much more effective than having multiple schedules. As soon as something comes up (assignment, test, practice, bus departure, recital, anything!) write it down so you can see it!
Using Time Wisely: Another effective way to manage your time well is to make good use of your time! If a snowstorm hits and school is cancelled, take that day to get ahead on your schoolwork!
Studying on the Bus: Athletics at any level require traveling and away trips are always fun, but taking advantage of the time on the road to study or start your homework will lower the load of work you have to do later!
Turn Off Electronics: Any electronic that isn't being used for an assignment is a distraction. Turn off your cell phone, stay off social media, and stay away from the TV. All of these devices lead to procrastination. Reward yourself upon completion of something with a little TV time.
Using these tips and staying on top of your schoolwork and your schedule will lead you to success as a student athlete and success in your professional career. Developing good habits at a young age will prepare you for the future! We hope this post provided you with some healthy inspiration to get into good habits!
“You can’t make up for lost time. You can only do better in the future.” – Ashley Ormon
It's hard to believe January is winding down and before we know it, spring will be here. As we hope everyone's basketball season is going well, it is time to start thinking about what you can do between the end of this season and the start of next season to make yourself better. The best way to improve your game is to play as much basketball as you possibly can during the off-season. We have worked hard all winter and spring to construct a program that has flexibility and consistency for athletes who want to put in the work. This spring will be our best season yet-- offering training in new locations every night, we are expecting players from all of Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire to be joining us! Our gym locations include the Middlesex, North Shore, and Metrowest regions, making it convenient for cities and towns such as Wakefield, Stoneham, Burlington, Billerica, Andover, North Andover, Reading, North Reading, Melrose, Lexington, Woburn, Tewksbury, Marblehead, Peabody, Danvers, Gloucester, Swampscott, Lynn, Salem, Revere, Beverly, Saugus, Manchester, Essex, Ipswich, Winthrop, Chelsea, Charlestown, East Boston, Malden, Medford, Arlington, and Southern New Hampshire!
Since we constructed our spring program to be as convenient and consistent as possible, it can be a little confusing to understand. We want to take the time and breakdown the spring programs to simplify it for our athletes and their parents:
Spring Training for both BOYS and GIRLS is available for kids in grades 3-11! The training program consists of 3 nights of skills and 1 night of league play. For convenience, you can pick and choose exactly what nights you want to attend! Each night of skills has a different focus:
1. Skills and Endurance
2. Conditioning and Pick-Up
3. Through the Net Shooting
Premier League is a new addition to the spring training program. We added the league based on our findings from previous spring seasons. We understand that the spring is a busy time and a lot of athletes are multi sport athletes and don't have free time on the weekend to compete in basketball tournaments. The spring league is a league during the week for boys and girls to compete against other kids their age. The teams in the league are created by Premier Hoops coaches after tryouts to make them as even as possible. All league games are officiated by Premier coaches and the scores and standings are kept online. Premier League is also a way for kids who do not make our Select Teams to play on a team.
Select Teams are the final piece of our spring puzzle. Unlike other basketball programs, we only offer ONE team per age group on both the boys 'and the girls' side, for grade 4-Varsity. Players who are picked for a Select Team must be able to commit to the team throughout the spring that includes 6 weekend tournaments, one team practice per week (TBA per team), one skills night per week, and participating in the Premier League once a week.
Remaining Try Out Schedule for Boys and Girls:
3-5 Grade Boys
Friday, January 17 – 6:30-7:30 p.m. PEABODY
Saturday, January 18 - 6:30-7:45 p.m. BURLINGTON
Friday, January 24 - 6:30-7:30 p.m. PEABODY
Sunday, February 2 – 1:00-2:30 p.m. MARBLEHEAD
6-8 Grade Boys
Friday, January 17 – 7:30-8:30 p.m. PEABODY
Friday, January 24 - 7:30-8:30 p.m. PEABODY
9-11 Grade Boys
Saturday, January 18 - 7:45-9:00 p.m. BURLINGTON
Sunday, January 19 –2:30-4:00p.m. MARBLEHEAD (5-11 Grade Boys)
NEW Saturday, January 25 7:30-9:00 p.m. PEABODY
Sunday, February 9 – 1:00-2:00 p.m. St. Val’s Church PEABODY
3-6 Grade Girls
Sunday, January 19 – 1:00-2:30 p.m. MARBLEHEAD
Saturday, February 8 - 6:30-7:45 p.m. BURLINGTON
Sunday, February 9 – 2:00-3:00 p.m. PEABODY
7-11 Grade Girls
Saturday, January 18 – 2:00-4:00 p.m. MARBLEHEAD (5-11 Grade Girls)
Saturday, February 8 - 6:30-7:45 p.m. BURLINGTON
Sunday, February 9 – 3:00-5:00 p.m. PEABODY
MARBLEHEAD: JCC- 4 Community Road, Marblehead Ma, 01945
PEABODY: St. Val's Church- 5 Paleologos St, Peabody Ma, 01960
BURLINGTON: Marshall Simonds MS- 114 Winn Street Burlington Ma, 01803
Spring 2014 Training Schedule
WHEN: March 31 - June 8 WHO: 3-11 Grade Boys and Girls
It is often overlooked just how important free throws are in a basketball game. One of the most important statistics in a game is the amount of foul shots your team made out of the number of foul shots they attempted. Making your foul shots can add an extra 20+ points in a game--Think about how crucial that is! Foul shots should be incorporated into a team's game plan as a weapon-it's a chance to take as much time as you need to shoot an uncontested shot!
As we all know, members of basketball team all bring a different asset. Depending on your size and position, what you do in a game or at practice is completely different from what other members of your team do in a game or practice. For example, a point guard has to worry about handling pressure and running an offense while a forward will focus on making a low post move and going strong to the basket. The two positions are very different in what they focus on and what skills they develop at practice. That being said, one skill that should be consistent with every player is foul shooting. From starting point guard to tenth man off the bench, every single player needs to be good at foul shooting. Foul shooting is the only thing in basketball that will always be the same over and over and over again. It's the one skill that the offensive player has complete control over. The line is the same range at every basket, there is no defense to react to, and no movement until the ball has either left your hands or hit the rim (depending on the official rules of the level you are playing at).
Routine: When shooting a free throw, every person should have there own style and routine. Once you develop this, it should be consistent every time that you step up to the line. Your routine is something that should remain the same throughout your career as a player. It will eventually become automatic and you won't even think about what you are doing. Your routine should give you a second to relax and clear your head before shooting. Don't rush it! You have ten LONG seconds after the ref hands you the ball. Take your time and get yourself into your comfort zone before shooting.
Mind over Matter: A free throw shot is 90% mental. Stepping up to the line in a close game, in a gym that you aren't familiar with, filled with spectators is not the same as in your home gym with no one in the gym and no pressure. Don't think! The more you think, the more your shot will be affected- at any level. Train yourself to clear your mind before you shoot, this starts at practice. Practicing will build muscle memory, let your body do the work and don't think. Be confident! You will build your confidence through practicing your shot consistently.
When you think about yourself individually as a basketball player, it is important to understand the value of being a well-rounded player. Basketball is a team sport, if every man on the court was all about scoring the most points, the team would not be successful. A real basketball player understands the successfulness of a team is based on more than scoring. A good coach will recognize that it's the players that sprint back on defense, go after the rebound, set a good screen, box there player out, talk on defense, hit their foul shots, make good passes and other little things that add up who make a basketball team successful.
One of the best things about basketball is that there is a long off-season. A basketball player is made in the off-season, they shouldn't wait until a week before tryouts to touch a ball. The more you practice, the more you will help yourself and your team. It is never too early to be doing ball handling drills, shooting drills, rebounding drills, etc. Hard work leads to results, but don't waste your time doing drills/practicing things the wrong way. Understand the importance of doing things right, and at game speed. Listen to what your coaches tell you- Not only do they know you as a player, but they know your team and what it needs. Be a student of the game and take it upon yourself to learn new drills and push yourself to new limits. There are so many resources out there- go to games, talk to coaches, do your research every coach in the world learns new drills everyday. Learning the tools to becoming a good player can be the difference in becoming great and almost getting there.
In addition to doing drills and practicing, a lot of the game of basketball is mental. It is important to learn the game and have a high basketball IQ. Having a good understanding of the game will allow you to gain confidence in yourself and will earn your teammates and coaches trust in you. Being able make decisions in a game on your own is very important when you're playing at a competitive level. Be a student of the game and continue to learn everyday.
You are the one who can control your success on the basketball court! It is up to you to decide how far your want to push yourself. Anything is possible if you put the work in but no one can control that but you! You will run into teammates, coaches, parents, and others who will tell you can't do something. You may also run into people who will tell you that you are going to be a star and that you have a lot of potential. By knowing you have potential, you should push yourself even more and not take it easy. Potential is just the chance to do something good but without hard work, you will fade quickly.
Now that we have shared some insight on what we know will make you the best player you can be, it is up to you to put the work in. Figure out who you want be and never give up. Be patient and be consistent! Good luck!
Becoming a great shooter takes a lot of practice! If you want to dedicate yourself to becoming a great basketball shooter, it is not going to happen overnight or remain consistent without putting in the time. Here are some tips to help you become a great shooter!
Shooting Form: In order to become a good shooter, you must first develop a good shooting form. The younger you shoot the correct way, the easier it is going to be for you when you get into high school. Good shooting form requires- BEEF
Balance: Your body should be balanced; feet shoulder width apart, and square to the basket. Your dominant foot should be slightly leading your non shooting foot and pointing to the basket. Get low, bend your knees and get in triple threat position.
Elbows: Place your shooting hand in the middle of the basketball. Line your fingertips up on the seams of the ball. This helps you get the best feel for the ball and also allows good rotation on the ball. When putting the ball in your hand, do not let it touch the palms of your hands! The ball should be up on top of your fingertips and you should be able to see a small space in between your hand and the ball! Form your elbow to make an "L" shape. Keep your elbow straight and in a "L", do not move it to the left or right.
Eyes: Keep your eyes on the target! Don't let your eyes wander or follow the flight of the ball. Keep them focused at the center of the basket.
Follow Through: The last part of your shot, your shot is not over after it leaves your hands! Bend and extend- bend your knees and extend your elbow to your eyebrow. Your fingertips should be facing the ground, almost like you are trying to touch your fingers to your wrist. Hold our follow through and your guide hand as if both hands are frozen over your head until the ball goes through the net. Whipping your hands down quickly or moving them to the side will negatively affect the release of your shot.
Shooting Preparation: Before you take a shot and before you even have a ball in your hands, you must first be low, athletic and ready to shoot! Too many basketball players catch the ball in a game standing straight up. This gives the defense plenty of time to recover and get a hand in your face or block your shot. The best shooters are already low when they catch the ball and can catch and shoot quickly and accurately.
Foot Work: Another important aspect of developing a good shot is getting your footwork down! When the ball is coming to you, you want to be stepping into the ball, moving your feet and squaring your body to the basket. As you are shooting the ball, you should be jumping up and getting your feet off the ground. Don't fade or drift away from the basket. Fading after you shoot means you are off balance and not square to the basket.
Consistency: In order to become a great shooter, you have to consistently practice your shot. While shooting around, it is crucial that you practice game speed and take game-like shots! A lot of basketball players shoot around at half speed or shoot differently than they would during a game. This is not effective and only going to slow you down in a game! The more you practice your shot at game speed, the more muscle memory you will build to become a good shooter in games. You want your body to already be trained to shoot and not think about it when a pass comes to you in a game. Practicing shooting consistently and at game speed will build your confidence as a shooter!
Be Confident: In a game, it is important to stay positive and confident in yourself. Do not judge yourself by makes and misses; judge yourself on whether or not the shot you took was a good one. Everyone has off days and it may seem like you can't make a shot; if they are good shots, keep shooting! Don't think too much. Once you start thinking, your shot is immediately affected. Stay confident, which all starts with practice and preparation.
Keep Practicing: The more basketball you play, the better your shot is going to be! Practice, practice, practice. Even once you think you have your shot down, it can be better! Also, your shot isn't going to remain the same unless you keep working on it! The best shooters take a couple hundred shots every day during the season. During the off-season you should getting even more shots up!
The ALL NEW Premier Spring Skills League
Come try-out with the best players in MA! 3-11 grade girls & boys! Expecting top basketball players from North Shore, Middlesex, and MetroWest! Train with the best competition by the best coaches! Pre-Register today!
Jan. 11 - Feb. 9
$20 to Try-Out– Attend up to 5
Try-Outs! (First 3 listed below)
View complete Try-Out Schedule & Pre-Register Online at: www.premierhoopsters.com
Q & A:
QUESTION: Can an athlete do only the skill development portion of the NEW “Premier League”?
ANSWER: YES! Athletes can also save 30% on skills before February 15!
QUESTION: Should my son or daughter try out even though she may not be an advanced player?
ANSWER: YES! Try outs will give a chance for the coaches to see where all players are at in terms of skill level and “game understanding”. It will also be a very good workout and learning experience for the athletes trying out! The majority of the players doing spring training will make a team in the league! League games gives our players something FUN and EXCITING to look forward to every week!
QUESTION: When will my son or daughter find out if they made Premier League or Select Team?
ANSWER: All athletes will hear back from a coach by February 15, 2014!
QUESTION: What is the difference between “Premier League” and “Select Team”?
ANSWER: The Premier League is a skill development league for boys and girls 4-11 grade (elite 3rd graders may participate).
Athletes can train up to 3 times per week on skills and play in weekly Premier League Games. There are two divisions 4-7 grade and 8-11 grade for both boys and girls. The teams are mixed in grade level and skill level to make them fair. There are regular season games and then playoffs/championships. This is a very flexible league for athletes doing AAU baseball and AAU lacrosse because there are no weekend games!
selectteam logoSelect teams are made up of the top players from within the “Premier League”. These teams will compete in weekend tournaments and also have a weekly team practice. There is only one team per age group. We will be placing our teams into the Massachusetts Zero Gravity Circuit for the Spring. Teams may go out of state to play (TBD per team)!
4th grade select (elite 3rd graders may tryout) 5th grade select 6th grade select 7th grade select 8/9th JV select (playing in 9th grade division)<span style="font-si
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Our program has openings for coaches who share the same will to help children improve their game and become Elite players. You will become their mentors in the game of basketball and in helping find their unique way of learning.
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