What Players Should Eat

Friday, October 20th, 2017

We notice players lack energy during workouts.
Jamie Gels, a renown youth basketball coach, has written a brief article on what your players should eat before and after workouts and games.
Here’s the link to read and share:

5 Quick Tips for Scoring More Points

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Great time to start working on making more shots.

All young players want to score.

This builds confidence and keeps them playing the game longer.

Here are 5 tips.

1) Every time your player catches the ball, make sure his body is facing the basket.
This what we call squaring up. Some coaches call this “nose to the basket”

2) Keep your eyes on the target. Players have a tendency to look at the floor to make sure their final dribble doesn’t get away from them.

3) Jump and land in the same spot.

4) Make sure the shooting elbow is facing the basket.

5) Don’t block your vision with the ball.

There are many other tips, but these are some quick ones to remember.

When Will Your Player Quit Playing Basketball

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Yes, there will come a day when your child will quit playing

Many experts say it’s around the age of 13.

The main reason is because it’s no longer FUN!

No longer fun on account of their diminished skill doesn’t allow them to
enjoy the game.

When will this happen to your child?

What can you do to keep this from happening?

Players from all over the area have taken advantage of
the opportunities existing this summer.

They range from camps, workouts, clinics, etc.  Not just for

Every accomplishment takes extra effort.

Should Players Attend Summer Camps

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

This is an interesting subject bounced around by many coaches.

Even though I am biased in this regard, I think camps can have
a tremendous positive effect on your player.

Here’s why:

1) If your child is new to the sport, they get a chance to learn at their
own pace.

2) You players will have more hands on coaching.

3) The fundamentals are emphasized.

4) Greater skill development opportunities with future camps.

5) Coaches talk about continuing workouts beyond the camp week.

6) Players learn how to compete.

and much more.

Enjoy the short read and share with a friend.

8 Things I See at Basketball Camps

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

What I have observed is encouraging.

Here’s what I see:

1. Players are willing to work.

2. The fundamentals remain the same.

3. The more players concentrate on making layups, the more
points they score.

4. Each player has a unique set of skills.

5. The best players have been the most coachable and were
more willing to take directions.

7. Improved footwork makes ever part of game their better.

8. The players want to compete.

There are some others, but these are the main points.

Still not too late to develop your child’s game.

How to Prevent Some Injuries

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

There are injuries in every sport, even playing video
games (not a sport). But you get the gist.

Many injuries are unavoidable, especially those involving
contact with another player.

However, there are some caused by numerous factors:

1. Bad posture
Players should practice good posture at all time, even while watching TV
or playing on the Iphone.

2. Inflexible joints.
Make sure the wrists, knees, elbows, an ankles can move freely.

3. Running flat footed
Develop a habit of having “silent feet”

This just a start.  Keep in mind an active lifestyle helps.

See you soon.

Don’t forget it is time to take action.

School starts in few weeks.  Sitting will become the norm.

What to Expect At a Basketball Camp

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

If you don’t have a personal workout coach, camps, clinics, and

group workouts are the best way to learn basketball skill development.

Make sure your player gets:

* Lots of repetition

* Explanation of why you are doing a drill

* Tons of activity

* Develop a sense of how to compete

* Leave with a higher skill level

That’s it.

However, players must work on their own to get better.

Take what you learn at the events and use them in your workouts.



Anyone Using This as a Tool

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Last Saturday, we tried something new.

Players were participating in a moving shooting drill.

We noticed some had some issues with shooting form.

They were given an explanation and shown a way to make

Still, their form was off a bit.

Next, we took still pictures and presented them with a photo
of them shooting.
Then, Coach Hannah, took a slow motion video of them from the dribbling starting point to
the shooting spot.

Boom! Now the players could see the point at which they started to lose good form.

Are you coaches doing this for you?

This now standard procedure at all our camps and clinics.

Great Ballhandling Drill

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

This is a video posted on

It takes the coach 5 minutes to go through the drill, but all players are

recommended to go at their own speed.

Tip: Go slow and increase your speed as you get better.


Ten Ball Slaps
Five Up & Down Fingertips
Five Times Around the Head
Five Times Around the Head (reverse direction)
Five Times Around the Waist
Five Times Around the Waist (reverse direction)
Five Times Around Both Legs
Five Times Around Both Legs (reverse direction)
Five Times Around Right Leg
Five Times Around Right Leg (reverse direction)
Five Times Around Left Leg
Five Times Around Left Leg (reverse direction)
Five Figure Eights
Five Figure Eights (reverse direction)
Five One-Leg Two Legs
Five One-Leg Two Legs (reverse direction)
20 Low Dribbles (both hands) → The Ball Should Not Go Above the Calf Muscle
Ten Pound Dribbles (both hands)
Five Times Around One Leg With One Hand (both sides) → Right Leg Right Hand, Left Leg Left Hand
Five Quick Dribble Figure Eights
Five Windshield Wipers (both hands)
Five Walking the Dogs (both hands)
Five Dog Wipers (both hand)
Ten Crossovers → Two Crossovers is one (Right to Left then Back)
Ten Between the Legs (both sides)
Ten Figure Eights
Ten Behind the Back
Ten Between the Legs Cross (both ways)
Ten Between the Legs Behind the Back (both ways)

1)  Saturday Workouts, starts April 15th

2) Summer Camps (7 camps and more coming soon)

Fairfax Camp

Herndon Camp

3) Fairfax Weekly Evening Clinics


How to Eliminate Traveling in Youth Basketball

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

How many games do you see where they call traveling or could
have called it?

The Wikipedia definition is:

“In basketball, traveling is a violation of the rules that occurs
when a player holding the ball moves one or both of their feet
illegally. Most commonly, a player travels by illegally
moving his or her pivot foot or taking more than 2 steps
without dribbling the ball.”

The help players avoid this violation, former NBA player has created
a video helping players develop body and footwork control.

Enjoy and share!

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1. Saturday Workouts,

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