21 01, 2017

NBA Stars With The Best Fundamentals

By | January 21st, 2017|Categories: Fundamentals, N.B.A., Players and Coaches|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Words By: Kevin Ramsey

Ever since it was invented by Dr. James Naismith in 1891 and later adopted by the NBA in 1946, much of basketball’s primary fundamentals have largely remained the same. Disregarding many rules changes over the years, like the addition of the three-point line in 1977, getting good at a basketball still requires a sound understanding of the same principles that were practiced years ago.

One excellent method to improve your game is by copying some of the practices and traits that elite players with solid fundamentals have developed. This article will take a look at some of the most successful NBA stars who display a solid understanding of important fundamentals and what practices others can learn from them.

 

1. Dennis Rodman

Best known for his wild attire and the championships he earned with the Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons, Dennis Rodman entered the league being drafted by the “Bad Boy” Pistons in 1986. One of the most aggressive teams in basketball history, the Pistons employed a significant amount of physical play during their tenure at the top of the league in the late 1980’s. This type of physical play was very evident in Rodman’s primary ability; getting rebounds.

Getting a rebound, or as it is typically referred to as a getting a board, is when a player gets the ball in their possession after either a missed field goal or free throw. Getting as many rebounds as possible is very useful for teams as controlling the boards leads to more possessions which naturally leads to more points. Despite measuring at 6’7” in a time where most rebounders were where around 7 feet tall, Dennis Rodman used his physical strength and positional instincts to make up for his height advantage. Rodman was one of the key pieces that made the Chicago Bulls one of the best teams in NBA history.

By knowing how to be in the right place at the right time and anticipate where the ball will land after a missed shot attempt, Rodman recorded some of the best rebounding figures during his time in the NBA. Rodman’s achievements like leading the league in rebounding for half a decade demonstrates that a solid understanding of the fundamentals of rebounding can help any player regardless of their size excel in their game.

2. Chris Paul

Knowing when to pass and when not to pass in basketball is more important than it may seem. While a good pass can generate an assist or a player getting free throws, erroneous passes often lead to turnovers which are equivalent to giving opponents free points. Mastering this skill of making good passes is difficult. However, Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul has done an excellent job at making the right passes throughout his career. By posting the highest assist-to-turnover by any point guard or player in history, Paul has shown time and time again that he knows the difference between a good pass and a bad pass. Overall, knowing how to make a good pass is a critical skill to master in basketball, and Chris Paul has done an excellent job of demonstrating its importance in his career.

3. Tim Duncan

Nicknamed “The Big Fundamental.” it is not difficult to understand the reason behind Tim Duncan’s immense success in the league. At 6’11” tall, much of Duncan’s play revolved around his perfection of post moves. During his first championship run in 1999, Duncan showed his talent early by easily posting up players and effortlessly turning around to score time and time again. Duncan’s five championships and MVP title is a testament to his commitment to working on his post moves and his fundamentals. When looking at Duncan’s career, kids interested in improving their game can learn that mastering fundamental or simple things like post moves is critical to enhancing their performance on the court.

18 11, 2016

CoachTube Instructional Coaching Videos

By | November 18th, 2016|Categories: Basketball Coaching, Fundamentals, Players and Coaches, Technology, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

CoachTube

I found CoachTube online today and I have to say it is an awesome website. Think of it as Youtube for sports coaches and players or student athletes.  I am most specifically interested in how CoachTube relates to basketball. Click here to learn more: Coachtube.com/Basketball

There are videos on Lacrosse, Baseball, Basketball, Football, Tennis, Track and Field, Soccer, Hockey, Golf, Volleyball, Softball plus 20 other sports and categories.

If you live anywhere in the world and have an internet connection,  you can be taught how to play or coach by some of the best Coaches in the World!! This is truly an amazing idea and it is fairly cheap too.

If we just look at Basketball alone on CoachTube there are so many categories. There are ball-handling, drills, youth coaching, Defense, E-books, Shooting, Strategy, Women’s specific and Youth Basketball.

I can’t wait to buy a few of the titles and get learning myself. As a Coach I am never satisfied with my knowledge base. All of the best Coaches are always learning and striving to be better.

The best thing about CoachTube is that these are not just simple videos but rather complete Courses on the subject matter. If you have ever heard of the Khan Academy for academics, this kind of reminds me of that.

A few Specific examples

Let’s say you are a big fan of Michigan State’s Tom Izzo. You can learn straight from the man himself. He is a great coach and he’ll guide you through Defense and Rebounding lessons.

Coachtube and Tom Izzo

How about a Coaching Legend,the late Pat Summit. She was a phenomenal Coach. Her series is all about Coaching Women’s Basketball.

Pat Summitt and Coachtube

Another Coach who has numerous videos on CoachTube is my friend Lason Perkins. I would definitely check out what he has to offer. He does lots of stuff with European and International Basketball. Lason was also a guest on an Online Basketball Clinic we did a few years back at our Online basketball Clinics website.

That’s about all for now.  I will share more news about CoachTube in the next few days.

19 10, 2016

International Basketball Denmark Style

By | October 19th, 2016|Categories: Basketball Coaching, Fundamentals, Players and Coaches|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Exactly 5 years ago, in October 2011, I was fortunate enough to be invited to Denmark to visit a friend and former Simon Fraser University teammate, Craig Pedersen, at a school where he teaches and coaches in Nyborg. Craig is now the National Team Coach for Iceland. The school is called EVN which stands for Efterskolen ved Nyborg. It’s a unique concept in education.

My understanding of the Efterskolen concept is that in Denmark, in the 10th grade, students can choose to go to an Efterskolen. Wikipedia states: “The Efterskole (literally “afterschool”) is a unique Danish independent residential school for young people between the age of 14 to 18 years. … The schools are open to students from abroad.

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Nyborg is a beautiful little town and Denmark is a beautiful country and I loved my short stay. I got to work at the EVN Basket Camp and took many photos and videos which I will share below. I stayed in one of the school dorms which was just steps from the gym and we ate in the school cafeteria and the food was amazing.

 

 

 

The coaching at the camp was great with all kinds of eager and enthusiastic young coaches and very experienced older coaches. The Camp was open to anyone and many kids came from all over Denmark to attend. EVN also has international students and there were 2 students from Canada plus others from different countries.

The players were so enthusiastic and really wanted to learn. It was so fun helping coach. I always try to learn from new coaches and at this camp I learned a lot and had fun in the process. Special thanks go out to all the staff at EVN, including Keld Schmidt, Soren Munk, Craig Pedersen, Geoff Kotila, Karen Kotila and all the people I met there. The people were so friendly and showed tremendous hospitality.

I also got the chance to watch a few Danish Professional games while there. Craig Pedersen and Geoff Kotila both coached different teams in the league. Craig coached the Svendborg Rabbits and Geoff coached Team Fog Naestved. I’ll post some video of the pro games below.

Coach Trevor Bligh from the EMCS Wolverines in Sooke, B.C. on EVN Basketball: “I know the basketball culture in sooke has benefited from their visits here every two years. My relationship with both Geof Kotila and Craig Pedersen has helped me personally in coaching technique and strategy. Our kids here in sooke have built great relationships over the past decade. Two of our students have attended Evn in the past. Quinn Yates and Erin Nielsen. Both have had the greatest of experiences in their year at Evn.

Naestved Warm-up

Referees discuss ejection

Nasetved game action

Player get ejected versus Bakken Bears

Here are some of the videos from the EVN Camp with some great warm up drills, passing drills as well as lay-up and footwork drills. Thanks to Bogdan Karaicic for many of these.

Spinning footwork warm up:

Proper landing technique:

Deep lunge stretches:

Fancy Lay-ups:

Dribble Moves:

Crazy Hop Lay-ups:

Mass Follow the Leader:

3 on 3 action:

Keld Schmidt behind the head, blinfolded shot PRANK:

Lastly, please enjoy a gallery of some of the photos I took while in Denmark.

10 10, 2016

Basketball Camps Review

By | October 10th, 2016|Categories: Fundamentals|2 Comments

AirJam HOTSHOT Youth Basketball Camp

by Kelvin Crawford
(Arlington, TX, USA)

Ages 7 – 14.
Boys and Girls camp.
March 16 – 20, 2009.Please visit:www.airjamsportsinc.com for more information.


HS Boys Midwest Basketball Combine
(Kansas City,Mo)

PRESS RELEASE– The Lottery Athletic Club is excited to announce that we have partnered with Recruit Look – a proven and highly successful recruiting and personal profile service – to provide a powerful college recruiting tool for players participating in the Lottery Athletic Club HS Boys Basketball Combine.

The combine will be going on July 23rd in Kansas City, MO. We will be testing and evaluating current 9th through 12th grade who are aiming to become college hoops players. The tests will include a number of drills, scrimmages, and individual evaluations. All players who attend the combine will be ranked on the Midwest Basketball Combine webpage and will have their pictures and profiles up on the Combine sit as well. Furthermore, the results of the combine will be out to high school and college coaches, as well as high school basketball recruiting services and National Basketball Media Outlets.

Additional Features

* Your personal video profile, which include stats, information, and video highlights, will be yet another means by which Lottery Athletics helps puts you ahead of the average player as well as full game film as well as SPARQ combine drills. Over 300 college coaches invited to participate in the event. Report on event sent out to all major colleges/universities as well as all Games to be broadcasted via the internet.

* Our Combine will give each player a guage of how you measure and rank among the top players and if you are truly on the college athletics track. If you have what it takes and want to be part of this exciting Video Combine.

* Combine will be Broadcasted via internet on IHIGH.com for added exposure

* Recruit Look will conduct a recruiting session as well as provide a FREE profile on the RecruitLook.com website as well as exclusive offers for all participants.

* A Group discount will be offered to Teams that would like to attend the combine as a group.

* ONLY 100 student athletes will be invited and allowed to attend…… Pre Registration is required to receive an Invite.

* This is an excellent opportunity to get evaluated on your basketball abilities and have the results sent to colleges and universities NATION WIDE!

For Further Information please go to www.MidwestBasketballCombine.co.cc


LOOKING FOR SOME CLINIC OR CAMP IN USA FOR MY SON

by CAROLINA ortigueira
(USA)

MY SON HAVE 21 YEARS OLD. ARE FROM ARGENTINA AND WANT TO GO TO US TO THE CAMP- CLINIC.

I’D LIKE TO DURING NO LESS THAN 5 DAYS BECAUSE ITS FAR AWAY.

HE CAN TRAVEL WITH HIS COACH TOO.

HE LOVES PLAY BASKETBALL.

THANKS AND WAIT FOR MORE INFO.


Point Guard College Basketball

Not like any basketball camp in the country.

Visit www.pgcbasketball.com for details.


Kentucky Premier’s The Next Level Girls Basketball Camp

Welcome To Kentucky Premier’s The Next Level Girl’s Basketball Camp. The Next Level Basketball Camp is Kentucky’s Premier Basketball Camp. Our mission is to be one of the best basketball camps in America through high level instruction, guidance, and mentorship.

Our goal is to push every player to reach their highest potential through a very intense, focused and highly structured atmosphere while instilling passion, work ethic, and high level basketball skills. The goal will be accomplished by using the hardest working staff in America from top college coaches, former college players, and many high school coaches from across the state.

The Next Level Premier Exposure Girl’s Basketball Camp is the camp Kentucky has been waiting for. We know there are a lot of good basketball camps in Kentucky. But The Next Level Basketball Camp is designed to be a more intense, and on a much desired higher level for serious athletes.

We want potential campers to understand this is not your traditional basketball camp. This camp is designed to improve any player’s game by putting them through intense workouts over a 3 days period as well as giving them the tool they need to take home and practice. We will also offer a variety of skills and situations that no other basketball camp in Kentucky will offer. Again, this is not just a traditional fundamentals camp. The Next Level is just that, it is the next level of skills, drills, and it where potential becomes talent.

The Next Level Premier Exposure Girl’s Basketball Camp is the only camp in the nation that will cost $215 that will go this in depth on skills and offer free exposure to any college in the country. We want to help improve each players game but more importantly set them up for success at the middle school, high school, and college levels. We want to help female athletes go to college and recieve an education through athletic ability and talent. To do this we have to offer higher level skills. We want to make potential become talent.

Thank you for your time. You can sign up for camp on our website, by phone, or by email which is located at www.kentuckypremier.com


DJ White Basketball Camp

by Sabrina Presson-Wallace
(Indiana)

DJ White & Abby Presson-Wallace

DJ White & Abby Presson-Wallace

September 19th, 2009 @ Bloomington Sportsplex.
Player: Abigail Presson-Wallace


Kenny Smith Carolina Basketball Camp

by Terrance Johnson Sr
(Fayette, Ga)

Kenny Smith Hoop Camp

Kenny Smith Hoop Camp

I work with the camp every year. My son attends the camp every year. Every year Kenny is in attendance, interacting with the kids. He even coached a team one year. Every year there are popular NBA stars talking with the campers.

I remember one year, not too long ago, Alonzo Mourning was there with his son, he was also training with Kenny. This was the summer before he won the Championship with the Heat.

The kids have a great time, there are kids from around the US as well as kids from other countries. The Competition is high, and all kids in the end enjoy what Kenny and His Brother Vince have taught them through the camp.

The camp is conducted on the campus of University of North Carolina (UNC). The contact number is
(201) 818 5140

http://www.carolinabasketballcamp.com/

Thank you,
Terrance Johnson Sr.

So Disappointed
by: Anonymous

My wife and I took our vacation to travel with our 9 year old son to attend and stay for six days at this camp. We were so sad at our experience. The first night our son called us upset that older kids who were unsupervised were calling him “Gay” using profanity and trying to take his money and cell phone. The website said coaches were with the kids at all time this was not the case at all. We could get through this but what we could not get through was the fact that Kenny Smith enrolled 250 kids to play on only four basketball courts. On three separate days our kid as well as so many others were forced to sit on the hardwood floor for 3-4 hours at a time with no instruction, no organization, and no teaching. After the third day we elected to leave the camp and take our losses along with at least 20 other parents who were disgusted with the experience there kids were having. Don’t send your child to this camp it was one of the worst experiences we have encountered!!!!

camps ,.,.,
by: Coach Barnett

Yes I remember that year, he coached them boys very well, he beat me by 8 points, Kenny does a great job with his camp,,,,there are also some good camps in www.prepallstars.net check them out as well.

Kenny & His Professionalism
by: Ervin Bond

Hello: My name is Ervin I have participated with the Kenny Smith Basketball camp for the past 8 years as a staff and coach. I would like to commend Kenny and his entire family for their professionalism and high moral values as it relates to the youth who attend the camp. The entire family goes beyond 150% when it comes to the youth education, excellence and then sports, there are conversations through out the entire week on the importance of academics, respect, and good work ethics on and off the court.

For this I am proud of the accomplishments of Kenny Smith as he continues to give back in a positive way to the youth who inspire to follow sports, but he makes sure they understand the importance of learning and achieving and education.

Sincerely,

E. Bond


SPORTS CITY U BASKETBALL ACADEMY/JIM CLAYTON BASKETBALL CAMPS AND CLINICS

by Matt Wilson
(Hurricane, West Virginia , USA)

Sports City U Basketball Academy

Sports City U Basketball Academy

JIM CLAYTON, NIKE AND NBA SHOOTING GURU, HAS SUMMER CAMPS FOR ALL AGES, FOR BOYS AND GIRLS PLAYERS, FROM YOUTH, HIGH SCHOOL, COLLEGE AND PRO PLAYERS. PLEASE VISIT WEBSITE, WWW.SCUHOOP.COM OR EMAIL SPORTSCITYUHOOPS@YAHOO.COM OR CALL 304-562-2424 TO GET HELP… SPACE IS LIMITED AND CAMPS SELL OUT FAST. HE IS A TOP INSTRUCTOR IN THE WORLD OF SHOOTING.


Assist Elite Fundamentals International Camps

by Rob Friedrich
(San Jose, CA USA)

Take your team travelling

Take your team travelling

International Hoops Challenge 10 countries, summer 2012
Elite Development Camp Estonia June 24-30, 2012
Elite Development Camp Poland July 1-7, 2012
check out:

for all camps/tours

 


Sidney Moncrief US International Basketball Camp June 15 – September 15, 2010 Dallas, Texas

Sidney Moncrief

Sidney Moncrief

Executive Summary
Pacific Sports Consulting Group also known as PSCG is an international comprehensive management and consulting company specializing in the strategic evaluation and development of high performance basketball teams.
It is crucial that basketball clubs and organizations have a solid basketball philosophy in place in order to ensure sustained growth and success.
At PSCG we are confident that, given the opportunity, we will become your trusted ?go to? partner, the one that you can consistently rely on to be there for the ?assist? and build a successful basketball organization.
Our summer training program is one of the best in the world. We will provide you with the state-of-the-art facilities, customized basketball training programs and highly trained and respected staff.

The PSCG Advantage
At PSCG we understand that each team faces its own unique challenges, therefore we specialize in creating programs that balance our extensive experience with cutting edge training.
Our training techniques are guaranteed to produce lasting results for YOUR team!
Join Five Time All Star NBA Player Sidney Moncrief & his team.

THE RESULTS ARE INCREDIBLE!!!!!

= 19% FT?s
= 23% PPG
= 2% 3pt shot
= 6% lean body weight
= 42% body fat weight
These basketball results are based on 2008 ? 2009 statistics compared to 2009-2010 as at 1 March 2010. The fitness results are based on summer 2009 eleven week program. Both are based on players who attended US summer program.

CONTACT US TODAY ABOUT RESERVING YOUR SLOTS IN OUR 2010 UNITED STATES SUMMER BASKETBALL PROGRAM!

Contact Information:

Email address:

smoncrief04@yahoo.com

Website address: PSCGCN.com

US Contact number: 214-500-0100

International number: 214-717- 4573


The Next Level Basketball Camp Columbia, Kentucky

by Jarrad Parmley
(Monticello, KY, USA)

Welcome To The Next Level Premier Exposure Girl’s Basketball Camp. The Next Level Basketball Camp is Kentucky’s Premier Basketball Camp. Our mission is to be one of the best basketball camps in America through high level instruction, guidance, and membership.

Our goal is to push every player to reach their highest potential through a very intense, focused and highly structured atmosphere while instilling passion, work ethic, and high level basketball skills. The goal will be accomplished by using the hardest working staff in America from top college coaches, former college players, and many high school coaches from across the state.

The Next Level Premier Exposure Girl’s Basketball Camp is the camp Kentucky has been waiting for. We know there are a lot of good basketball camps in Kentucky. But The Next Level Basketball Camp is designed to be a more intense, and on a much desired higher level for serious athletes.

We want potential campers to understand this is not your traditional basketball camp. THis camp is designed to improve any player’s game by putting them through intense workouts over a 3 days period as well as giving them the tool they need to take home and practice. We will also offer a variety of skills and situations that no other basketball camp in Kentucky will offer. Again, this is not just a traditional fundamentals camp. The Next Level is just that, it is the next level of skills, drills, and it where potential becomes talent.

The Next Level Premier Exposure Girl’s Basketball Camp is the only camp in the nation that will cost under $200 that will go this in depth on skills and offer free exposure to any college in the country. We want to help improve each players game but more importantly set them up for success at the middle school, high school, and college levels. We want to help female athletes go to college and recieve an education through athletic ability and talent. To do this we have to offer higher level skills. We want to make potential become talent.

Thank you for your time. You can sign up for camp on our website, by phone, or by email which is located at www.thenextlevelbasketballcamp.com


Hall of Fame Basketball Camp

by Frank
(New Jersey)

I go to the Hall of Fame Basketball Camp in Cadwell, New Jersey. Its a great camp. Many people go there from all over the world from places like Spain, France and even Japan. It really is a great basketball atmosphere.

The coaches are very good also. 2 out of the 6 played in the NBA and overseas and the rest of the coaches play and coach basketball in different countries. It’s really great. There’s a lot of fierce competition too which is very important.

We had a 1 on 1, Hot shot and a 3 on 3 tournament with great drills and stations. The camp also gets you in great shape because there is tons of running and a lot of drills that involve running.

Thanks.


Basketball World Shoot It Better Mini Camps

by Hal Wissel
(USA and Worldwide)

Hal Wissel coaching Pau Gasol

Hal Wissel coaching Pau Gasol

Basketball World conducts SHOOT IT BETTER Mini Camps worldwide and year round for players from NBA and WNBA to youth level. The camps are for players who are serious about improving their shooting and for coaches who want to learn the latest techniques for teaching shooting.

We can conduct a SHOOT IT BETTER Mini Camp at your site!

You …
…select dates
…reserve gym
…handout the flyers
We…
…conduct the SHOOT IT BETTER Mini Camp
…provide the flyers and applications
…teach what we teach NBA players

“Hal, Scott and Paul Wissel ignite the spirit for improvement. They have the ability to crystallize situations and then select the correct teaching technique in order to achieve maximum success.”
– Hubie Brown, NBA TV Analyst ESPN, 2-time NBA Coach of the Year, Basketball Hall of Fame

“Hal Wissel continually works to build your confidence. More importantly he shows you ways to build your own confidence. Coach Wissel helped me understand my own shot and become my own best coach.”
– Pau Gasol, NBA All-Star

2 Days – 4 Hours Each Day

1st Session – 4 Hours
Confidence & Rhythm
Positive Self-Talk
Key Words
Goal setting
Shooting Warm-up
Correcting a Missed Shot
Lead-up & Challenge Drills
Jump Shot
Shooting Off Pass
Free Throw
3 Pt. Shot

2nd Session – 4 Hours
Developing a Quick Release
Shooting Off Screens
Shooting Off Dribble
Lay-ups & Runners
Hook Shot
Post-up Moves
One-on-One Moves
Shooting Off Dribble Moves
Game Shooting Drills
Free Throw
Shoot-Out Competition

Dates are now being reserved.

Contact Basketball World today!
Visit www.basketballworld.com
Email coach@basketballworld.com
Include your name, mailing address and phone

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Dr. Hal Wissel Basketball Shooting DVDs
BASKETBALL SHOOTING: Confidence, Rhythm and Mechanics
BASKETBALL SHOOTING: Off the Pass, Off the Dribble and In the Post

These breakthrough DVDs will show you how Coach Wissel integrates mental and mechanical techniques to improve shooting confidence and skill.
Filmed at one of Coach Wissel’s SHOOT IT BETTER Mini Camps for NBA Players and Prospects.

Order online at www.basketballworld.com


looking for an ex NBA player for a basketball camp

by Rod Neira
(Red Deer, AB, Canada)

I would like to get a camp with an ex-NBA player during this summer. Can be in the US.

62 allard Crescent
Red Deer AB
T4R3J2
Canada

Thanks for your help,

Rod


DJ White Hoosier Stars Basketball Camp

We would like to invite you for the opportunity to be a part of the Inaugural DJ White Hoosier Stars Basketball Camp. Former Indiana University Star DJ White will be entering his second season in the NBA with the Oklahoma City Thunder. There will also be appearances by former Hoosier Stars!

The camp will be held on Saturday, September 19th from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Bloomington SportsPlex. The camp is open to a limited number of boys and girls ages 6 to 14. DJ and several of the area’s top prep coaches will instruct youth in the fundamental skills and the team concept of basketball. Individual groups will be small to assure that each camper gets maximum personalized instruction. For more information about the camp, please visit our website at www.procamps.com/DJWhite.

Each camper will receive:
• Nike Camp T-Shirt
• Autographed DJ White Item
• 4 Hours of expert basketball instruction
• Official Camp basketball
• Opportunity to win contests and prizes
• A fun and educational experience

Feel free to email me at atrick@procamps.com with any questions or concerns about the camp.

We look forward to seeing you at the DJ White Hoosier Stars Basketball Camp!

 


Breakthrough Basketball Training

by Jeff Haefner

This is an ongoing basketball skill development program for 11 to 20 year old girls and boys in the Marion / Cedar Rapids Iowa area.

Twice a week players will be taken through training sessions that will improve their skills and help them become better basketball players.

Each training session lasts 60 to 90 minutes. There is a monthly fee for the program and it includes unlimited attendance at the regularly scheduled sessions.

http://www.breakthroughbasketball.com/cr/


USA Pro Exposure Camp Coachsmalls24@yahoo.com

by Ahmd Smalls
(Raleigh, NC)

USA Pro Exposurecamp is for players of all positions.USA Pro Exposure has invited top players from around the United States. This Pro camp will have scouts and coaches from France, Germany, England, Finland, Switzerland, Denmark, and Norway looking to sign quality players.

USA Pro Exposure specializes in finding top talent from Division 1, 2, and 3. Our company is holding this Basketball Camp to give players the utmost exposure so they may sign Pro Contracts for next season. This camp is being held at a top basketball facility in Raleigh NC.

The camp will be run professionally on every level. We will only be accepting 80 top players to attend our camp. We are having 8 players maximum to a team; this is to insure equal playing time. Each team will be coached by an overseas scout or by USA Pro Exposure personal. All games will be refereed by top high school and college refs. Each player will play between 2-3 games. There will be an All-Star game at the end of the day. Top players of the day will be invited to attend this game. Players will be assigned to a team roster that will also display their college attended, positions played, and jersey number. All scouts will be given team rosters for recruiting. Each player will have organized game schedules given to them on arrival of camp.

Each player will need provide jersey size, each player will be given a jersey and number

 


Basketball World SHOOT IT BETTER Mini Camps

by Dr. Hal Wissel
(Suffield, CT, USA)

Hal Wissel coaching Pau Gasol

Hal Wissel coaching Pau Gaso

Basketball World SHOOT IT BETTER Mini Camps are conducted worldwide for players ranging from NBA to youth level. The Mini Camps are for players who are serious about improving their shooting and for coaches who want to learn the latest techniques for teaching shooting. Mini Camps are conducted year round at your site or ours. Mini Camps for adults are also offered. Hal Wissel, Scott Wissel and Paul Wissel have conducted SHOOT IT BETTER Mini Camps all over the world for various NBA players, college teams, high school teams and youth organizations. For more information visit: http://www.basketballworld.com or call toll free 1-888-812-5452 or 1-860-668-7162.

 

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21 09, 2016

The Art of Free Throws

By | September 21st, 2016|Categories: Fundamentals|0 Comments

Free throws…is anything more nerve racking and difficult in all of sports?

Why is something that appears so simple and easy, actually extremely difficult and hard?

Why does it cost so many teams every season a game or even a championship?

Ah the wonders of free-throws. It’s an art.

So how do you paint a masterpiece with this art?

Free throws are broken down into two main factors. First, it is the strict dependence on a consistent routine. Secondly, it’s the ability to control your mind the way you want to.

So in order to become a successful free-throw shooter you need to basically turn into a mind reading robot?

No, although it may appear that way.

Consistent Routine

Free-throws are a routine action. They all start the way (because a foul is called) and end the same (off a make or miss).

The whole routine is quite…“routine.” The players always line up the same way and the shooter always shoots from the same spot.

So it’s time you made your shooting routine as well.

I had an old high school basketball coach who had a philosophy that everyone should shoot free throws the same exact way. Apparently he had seen this video of a free-throw shooting instructor who proudly stated that you wouldn’t shoot under 80% with his method. Pretty good basketball betting odds.

Does that sound too good to be true?

It did for me.

Here’s my philosophy. Take it how you want it.

The art of a free throw is, and should remain, a highly personalized routine. If you want to dribble behind your back before shooting a free throws, do it. If you want to even bounce the ball off your head like a soccer player, DO IT! Just make it your routine.

Stick with the same routine time after time. It may sound boring but it’s the only way you’ll improve because if you change up your shooting habits or mechanics every time it’s going to produce an inconsistent result.

Now don’t misread what I’m saying here. I’m not saying you can shoot any way you want. There are certain shooting mechanics that work and are proven to produce consistent results.

What I’m talking about is the routine before the shot.

You see the problem with my high school coach is he wanted everyone to do the same routine. One dribble, tuck the elbow close the body, hold the ball in front of your face, stare at the back of the hoop, and shoot.

That’s hard to teach everyone to do.

Some people can shoot free-throws that way while others (like me) needed a more loose routine.

I looked at their routine like Shaq. I needed a routine like Richard Hamilton.

Get my drift?

Find your routine and stick with it.

The Mental Side

Every artist secretly desires to release a rare B-side album years after they became popular. These tracks are often hidden gems that further highlight their talent and creativity.

The mental side of basketball is a lot like the B-sides.

It’s hidden, it’s not really there, but it’s still an important part of the player.

Free throws really test the mental side.

It’s the only time in basketball you are really separated and alone from your other four teammates on the floor. All the eyes are on you. The pressure and success of the shot is entirely placed on you.

Is that why so many players struggle at the line?

You bet. I think it’s the biggest reason. And it’s not because these players have stage freight or can’t handle the pressure, but rather they allow their mental side to take control. Instead of thinking “I’m going to sink this shot,” they’re thinking about the guy in the fifth row who is talking trash.

The mental side is not just about blocking out the fans. It’s about building confidence when it may not be there.

How do you tell a player to sink two game winning free-throws when he’s missed his last five and he’s a career 65% free-throw shooter?

You give him confidence.

You reach into his mental capacities and build them up.

Encouragement is a powerful force. When it’s there, and healthy, a coach and teammates can make a player do anything. However, it’s useless if that player doesn’t receive it.

So you still have to do your part.

Free throws are all about focus. Focusing on the hoop, the shot mechanics (the routine), and making the shot.

Combine the mental aspect with the routine and you’ve set up the proper preparation.

Now, for that game winning free-throw…

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