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Pre-Season Academy Details

2 WEEKLY SKILL SESSIONS + SATURDAY MORNING SCRIMMAGE GAMES

 Session Breakdown: 

Saturday Scrimmage Schedule

  3rd - 4th Grade Boys   12:30pm - 2:00pm

  5th - 6th Grade Boys   12:30pm - 2:00pm

  7th - 8th Grade Boys   9:00am - 10:30am

  9th - 10th Grade Boys   10:45am - 12:15pm

        VARSITY Boys         10:45am - 12:15pm 

Scrimmage Dates

9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21

  • Station Work Each session will be broken down into station work. Groups will rotate stations, every 15 minutes. This gives players a chance to be exposed to all of our coach's. Each coach will have a specific fundamental (see below for list of fundamentals) of the game that they will focus on at their station.
  • Conditioning Drills At the end of each 15 minute station, each coach will have a two minute conditioning drill to help players get in basketball shape, and challenge their athleticism.
  • Teamwork Stations The end of each session will be dedicated to teaching the Motion Offense (see below). Players will be put in situations to promote teamwork skills. This is the part of the academy that is vital to players enhancing their basketball IQ. 

 

Boys3rd - 5thMon & Wed 5:30-6:30pmOpen09/04/17 - 10/07/17$225.00Register
Boys3rd - 5thTue & Thu 5:30-6:30pmOpen09/05/17 - 10/07/17$225.00Register
Boys6th - 8thMon & Wed 6:45-7:45pmOpen09/04/17 - 10/07/17$225.00Register
Boys6th - 8thTue & Thu 6:45-7:45pmOpen09/05/17 - 10/07/17$225.00Register

Each Session is 1 hour in length, and will focus on these three aspects of the game that help players gain basketball knowledge and skills that will stay with them for a lifetime. The Pre-Season Academy includes two skill sessions per week...plus Saturday Scrimmages!

 Individual Fundamentals:

We believe fundamental excellence is the foundation for every good player and we take time to start off every session with drills that promote solid basic fundamentals.

  • Shooting (Focus on proper foot alignment, leg bend, hand position, arm angle, follow through, and so on. These are some of the little things that make a difference.)
  • Passing (Too many players think of passing as something to do when they don't have a shot as opposed to an unselfish act that is designed to include other players.)
  • Dribbling & Ball Handling (Dribbling and controlling the ball is a skill that can be practiced alone and is separate from the other ball skills on the court. Ballhandling, however, involves knowledge of the game and integrates dribbling, passing and decision-making.)

 Team Fundamentals:

Team fundamentals are what make basketball fun, and they are what make you a great teammate. We want players to have great individual skills, but even more so we want players to KNOW basketball! Players that are fluent in team fundamentals make the game look so easy, and that's because they do all the "little things" so well!

  • Body Positioning (To be a great teammate, you must always position yourself in a favorable position to score. You hurt your team anytime that you have the ball and you don't face the basket. We aim to teach every player to be a THREAT to score whenever they touch the ball, and that starts with FACING THE BASKET)
  • Screening & Cutting (Being physical, and active is a key component in being a great player. Screening is a lost art, and players that do it well make all the difference in the world to their team. Teaching young players to cut and constantly put pressure on the defense is absolutely a team FUNDAMENTAL)
  • Defense (Defensive positioning, and defensive concepts are fundamental to being a player that is dependable. And no matter what team you are on, if you understand and execute defensive concepts, you are a key team member.)

 Team Offense (Motion Offense):

A motion offense uses the skills of its players and tries to mesh them into a five man blur that is difficult to defend. While there are great players playing inside of motion offenses, the true trait of a good motion offense is the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. A lesser player uses the strengths of the stronger players to raise the level of his game. Each player is called upon to do only what he is good at and depends on his teammates to help him do so. He, in turn, helps his teammates do what they excel at.
Kids are resourceful and learn quickly when allow to figure things out for themselves. Give them guidance, encouragement and correction, then let them go again. They will learn faster and better than trying to get them to understand the tenants of a particular offense.

  • Balancing the court
  • Keep proper spacing 
  • Screening & Cutting
  • Ball Movement
  • Dribble Penetration