Monday, October 29, 2012

Elite Hoops Basketball Playset: SWING

Posted by Anonymous | Monday, October 29, 2012 | Category: | 0 comments

A great team is defined by many different ways such as; pregame preparation, conditioning and fitness program, practice regiment, etc. Offensive and defensive play sets for a team should be versatile with endless possibilities. Today’s play set will help your team with adding versatility. Early offensive or quick hitters are very important to an offense. Scoring the basketball quickly before the defense can set up will improve the speed and balance of the game.

Swing is the name of this transition play. Player 1 has the basketball in the back-court while players 2, 3 and 5 sprint down the court. Player 2 and 3 run to the each corner to extend the defensive match-ups  and player 5 begins to post up on the block. Player 4 will trail the play. Now, player 1 will advance the ball to player 2 (or 3). Player 2 has the ball for 1 of 3 options; shoot if open, pass to player 5 on the post, or wait for backside action. Player 1 and 4 will set a staggered screen for player 3 to come off for a shot or attack. If that option is not there for player 3, the ball will be reserved to player 1.  Player 4 has the option to post up or set a ball screen on the backside.

This Swing play is also good for teams with similar players or players that can play multiple positions.

ELITE 21 Day Challenge

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Starting on Monday, October 29, five of Elite Hoops trainees and three of Elite Hoops coaches will begin the ELITE 21 Day Challenge.  We chose players based upon their effort during our training sessions and their commitment to getting better on the court and in the classroom.

Contestants include: Drew Dunham (Junior) of Johnson High School, Grant Bryant and Jarvis Jones of Kell High School, CiCi Buford (Senior) of Greater Atlanta Christian, DJ Bostic (Junior)and Nick Wilkerson (Junior) of Marietta High School and Turner Barckhoff (7th) of Crabapple Middle School, Michelle Manfredi of Elite Hoops, Brandon Chappell of Elite Hoops and Lee Miller of Elite Hoops.

Dates: Monday October 29-Sunday November 18

-31 Minutes of Skill Development 6x/wk
-Eating Only From Our Nutrition Guid
-Studying Game Film 2hrs/wk
-Send Full Detailed Daily Schedule to Elite Hoops
-Weekend Curfew of 11:30p

-Cell Phone Use (Except for Contact with Parents, Coaches, Elite Hoops or in Emergency)
-Social Media
-Email (Except for Contact with Parents, Teacher, Coaches or Elite Hoops)
-Internet Access (Except for Schoolwork)
-Fast Food
-TV (Except for Studying Basketball)

All contestants who follow all of the ELITE 21 Day Challenge's rules and regulations will receive a dinner at a restaurant of their choice with the Elite Hoops staff.

To follow our contestants as they compete, visit or click on their name above as their information becomes available.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Elite Hoops Basketball Playset: AMERICA'S PLAY

Posted by Anonymous | Friday, October 19, 2012 | Category: | 0 comments

The game of basketball is played with rhythm, passion, and high energy. A team must put together a steady systematic flow to be successful on the court. Plays connect the players, coaches, and trainers effectively to execute a game plan. There are numerous plays and styles of play in basketball, but it is very important for a team to have an identity through plays.
America’s play (Screen the Screener) is one of the most popular and widely used basketball plays for all ages. First, player 1 has the ball at the top of the key while player 2-5 set up in a box set. Players 2 and 3 are on each side of the block and players 4 and 5 are on each side of the elbow. Player 1 dribbles the ball to the right wing. While in progress, player 2 sets a cross screen for player 3 to post up on the right block. Player 1 then has the option to pass to player 3. After player 2 sets the screen, player 4 and 5 sets a screen for player 2 to end up at the top of the key. Player 2 now has the option to shoot the ball.
The reason this play is so successful is because of the constant action between the all the players on offense. The term “screen the screener” is tough to defend because of the help action on each player. The defense must decide to either switch or help on each screen resulting in mismatches and late recovery.
For the second and third option to this play please stay tuned.
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Brandon Chappell
Elite Hoops Basketball

Monday, October 15, 2012

It's All About Heart

Posted by Anonymous | Monday, October 15, 2012 | Category: , , , , , , | 1 comments

We want to coach your game not your heart.  As a coach, one of the most frustrating things is having a talented player that just does not have the heart.  It seems to be more of a consistent thing these days, which can be tiring at times. 

As a player growing up, my parents never had to tell me to go work on my game.  I wanted to work on my game.  I would have my parents move the kitchen table so I could dribble in the kitchen, or help me shovel snow so I could get shots up in the winter.  They never had to force me to go to practice.  I wanted to go.  I had it in my head at a young age that I was going to be a D1 player, and that it was on me to make my dreams come true. 

Of course, everyone has his or her tired days but once you step on the court, it is a different world.  A lot of players seem to bring their troubles from the outside world onto the court.  To me, the court is the one place and time where I can forget everything in the outside world and just focus on my game.  For those 90-150 minutes that I am out there, there is nothing else on my mind.  It is just me and the game that I love.

A lot of players today shut down or give you and attitude when you try to get them to go harder.  Most players seem to take the game for granted.  What they don’t realize is that it is a privilege to be able to compete and that opportunity could be gone at any moment.  You never know when your last time stepping on the court is.  I would give just about anything in my life to lace up my shoes and play in one more game for Niagara or one more game in Germany.  I always preached that to the college players I coached in hopes that they would give their all day in and day out.

When people ask me what my biggest strength and weaknesses are I give the answer, “I have no STOP button.”  It is my strength because I always go hard in the things I am committed to.  I will give my all to the very end and then some.  The reason it is my weakness is because I am unable to stop myself even when I should.  For instance, my pro career was cut short because I refused to stop playing when I was told to give it a break.  I pushed for another 4 months on an injury to finish the season, leading to the end of my playing career. 

Coaches want players that come to practice consistently giving their all.  It is tough to coach players that have no energy or enthusiasm.  Players who work hard are my favorite players.  Our job as a coach is to make you a better player, to give you skills to improve your game, to help to get to the next level, and to help you grow as an individual.  It is not fun to coach players who have no drive or excitement for the game.  We should not have to preach daily to you to work hard and have more passion.  It should be something that you want to do.  Practice and basketball should be fun.  Of course sometimes it is hard, but those are the times that help build your character and show what type of player you really are.  Life isn’t always fair, and it isn’t always easy, but hard work really does pay off.  The more heart and passion you have toward something, whether it be basketball or some other aspect of life, the more you will enjoy it and working for it.  A coach/teacher can give you all the skills, drills, and lessons that you need to succeed, but if your heart is not there, you will not succeed.  Once again… We want to coach your GAME, not your HEART.

Michelle Manfredi
Elite Hoops Basketball

Friday, October 12, 2012

Elite Hoops Basketball Playset: STACK

Posted by Anonymous | Friday, October 12, 2012 | Category: | 0 comments

The game of basketball is played with rhythm, passion, and high energy. A team must put together a steady systematic flow to be successful on the court. Plays connect the players, coaches, and trainers effectively to execute a game plan. There are numerous plays and styles of play in basketball, but it is very important for a team to have an identity through plays.

The play “Stack” is a basic offensive set that can be used for all age groups of basketball. It is called stack because four players stack under the rim to start the play. First, the point guard (1) is at the top of the key while the other for players (2,3,4,5) are outside of the lane line on each block. Player 2 and 5 will be on the right block and player 3 and 4 will be on the left block. Players 4 and 5 will turn and set a screen for players 2 and 3, so each can pop out to the wing position. Next, player 1 will decide which side of the court to pass the ball.  For example player 2 has the ball now. At this time, player 5 will post up on the block. Simultaneously on the opposite side, player 1 will set a screen for player 3, to replace player 1’s position at the top of the key. Also, player 4 will flash to the high post position to give another scoring option.

If player 5 or 4 is not open, player 2 will reverse the ball to the other side of the court relaying the ball to player 3 then to player 1. At this time, player 4 will post on the opposite block while player 5 replaces player 4 at the high post.

This play is meant to run continuously searching for the best option. Keep in mind, the high post (4,5) can also be used as a reverse option. Stay tuned for various counter options to make this play for successful.

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Brandon Chappell 
Elite Hoops Basketball

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Expectations of Youth Basketball Coaches

Posted by Lee Miller | Thursday, October 11, 2012 | Category: , , , , , , , | 0 comments

On Saturday November 3, Elite Hoops will be hosting a Youth Basketball Coaches Clinic in Atlanta, that we call the Coaches Clipboard. This specific clinic is for 3rd-8th grade youth coaches who are looking to find the most effective way to teach and train their players. We'll spend 3 hours on Saturday morning discussing expectations we have for coaches and players, the most important skill development drills for your team, as well as offensive sets and defensive strategies that will make your players better. We will also briefly talk about what we think is hurting the game of youth basketball.

One of the main topics we will discuss at the clinic are the Expectations of Youth Coaches.  Elite Hoops has 5 Coaches Expectations that will help make your players better and help make you a more successful coach:

1. Teach Skill Development
2. Communicate Effectively with Your Staff, Team and Parents
3. Organize Workouts and Practices
4. Motivate Your Players and Bring High Energy
5. Prepare Players for their High School Coach

Right now you're probably wanting some more specifics on these Expectations, but you'll have to attend our clinic on November 3 to get that.  I will toss one more thing your way though.  What do you think is the #1 thing hurting youth basketball? No, not AAU or travel ball. It's coaches and parents worried about winning every game at every level.  As Coach John Wooden stated, "Success is a Direct Result in Self Satisfaction in Knowing You Did Your Very Best." When coaches AND parents want to win on the 3rd grade level, they focus more on the score than about their players getting better.  That means teaching a set play as opposed to teaching read and react. When coaches AND parents are stressed about winning their 5th grade weekend AAU tournament, they focus more on the score than about their players getting better That means running a frantic full court defense to speed up the game than on teaching sound man to man defense.

Starting this spring, we will be releasing one skill development video and one set play for FREE each week on our website.  We will also be offering ELITE memberships on our site for players and coaches that are interested in receiving ELITE versions and counters of those weekly drills and plays.

For more information on the clinic or to register click HERE.

Lee Miller
Elite Hoops
National Director
"Release Your Potential"