Friday, December 20, 2013

Elite Hoops Basketball Playset: Stack

Posted by Aj Holland | Friday, December 20, 2013 | Category: | 0 comments

Sometimes a play does not have to be extremely difficult to be effective. With enough movement and misdirection some plays can be used in a rec league with 7 year olds and still be useful enough to use on a high major college basketball team. "Stack" is a set that can be used that doesn't take many risk of turning the ball over and also can slow the game down to get a clean look when the opposition is on a run. 



Play begins with the players lined up in a stack formation. Once all players pop out to free throw line extended, P1 passes to P2 and cuts to the ball side corner. P4 then sets a screen for P5 looking to get a post touch. If the opposing team is fronting the post, P2 passes the ball to P4 looking for the high low action. If not there, P4 swings the ball to P3 and finishes the staggered screen being set for P1 looking for the shot at the top of the key.

A.J. Holland
Elite Hoops Basketball

Monday, December 16, 2013

Is Your Message Getting Across?

Posted by Paul Villarroel | Monday, December 16, 2013 | Category: | 0 comments



Praising your athletes and showing them that you appreciate them is much more than just saying good job.
Coaches need to be specific, the more specific you are, the better. "Good job" and "nice hustle" are better than no praise at all, but being specific helps reinforce the behavior you want the athlete to continue doing. The player will also know you were paying attention because it is not a cookie cutter praise.

"Good job following through on that shot" beats "good job." And "way to be tough boxing out" beats "Way to be tough out there."

It is very important for you to teach them what you want and why you want it. If an athlete isn't performing up to expectation, make sure you are communicating what you want. There are several ways to be able to reach the athlete; it is your responsibility to be able to learn which method works with what player. Calling an athlete lazy or stupid can be considered a personal attack. Yelling is an indication of a lack of control. It is no way to teach any player how to play learn the game.

If you want to change the athletes' behavior, you must have to tell them what they are doing wrong, what effect it is having, and, most important, what you are trying to teach them. For example, if a player has a tendency to reach on defense, you might say, "When you reach like that, your opponent can easily beat you middle. Let's work on keeping them out of the middle."

This approach to teaching your player the habits you want, will strongly increase your chances of getting the behavior you want. While it takes a little longer to deliver such a message, you can end up saving time by not having to repeat yourself. You will be able to give verbal cues to remind the athlete of what you had previously talked about.  Saving time is crucial when practicing but you will more importantly be able to reach more players with this type of communication.


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Friday, December 13, 2013

Elite Hoops Basketball Playset: 2 Game

Posted by Aj Holland | Friday, December 13, 2013 | Category: | 0 comments

During games, sometimes you may need an effective set that the other team hasn't scouted in order to score some points or get an easy look. "2 Game" is a great play that is simple to learn and can be used out of a timeout. This play is great to use against aggressive teams that are pressuring hard and denying all of the passing lanes because they can give up a layup if they guess wrong. Also, your players know that if they are willing to cut hard they will each get an opportunity to score.



Play begins in a stack formation on the blocks with all players popping out to the free throw line and free throw line extended. P1 passes to P4 while P2 and P3 cut backdoor looking to for an easy layup. If not there, P4 throws the skip pass to P1 running off of a flare screen to the opposite wing. P4 and P5 then turn and set a double screen to free P3 for a shot at the top of the key. If all options were well covered, P4 and P5 dive to the blocks for a post touch.

A.J. Holland
Elite Hoops Basketball

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Why I Do What I Do

Posted by Lee Miller | Tuesday, December 10, 2013 | Category: | 0 comments

On March 12, 2011, I was in Macon, Georgia to watch the Georgia High School State Championship Games.  After two close regular season battles, region foes Buford and Greater Atlanta Christian (GAC) squared off for the 3rd time in the boys 2A State Championship game.  I had a vested interest in the game, as Elite Hoops had trained the GAC team for 7 weeks in the preseason and I personally had been training their senior shooting guard and UVA signee Malcolm Brogdon since he was a sophomore. I had spent hundreds of hours with Malcolm in the gym over the past two years.  He was and still is the most determined and hardest working player I have ever worked with.  We perfected moves, shots, ballhandling, footwork and even his mental approach to the game and all of his hard working was paying off.


GAC won the game easily 76-36 and captured their 2nd consecutive state title.  Brogdon ended up with 21 points and 11 boards. As sweet as it was seeing both the team and Malcolm fully reach their potential that season and stand at center court with the state championship trophy, something else made me realize Why I Do What I Do.  

My phone had been buzzing all day long from other players, teams, coaches and friends asking for updates from all the action in Macon. So it was no surprise as I walked out to my car and headed to Atlanta that my phone buzzed yet once again.  It was surprising, however that it was from Malcolm, knowing that he was probably still in the locker room celebrating with teammates, he took the time to send me a text, "Thank You!" Although the text was only two words, it was an emotionally powerful two words that meant the world to me and made me once again realize Why I Do What I Do.

On September 27, 2011, I received an email from Tony Cornett, Founder of the North Georgia Irish travel team .  His sons attended one of our NIKE Basketball Camps a few months earlier and so he was added to our monthly email blast.  After he received the September email which contained a couple skill development videos, he emailed us back saying that he would implement them and our Living By Numbers program into the training program of his travel teams. We were thrilled.

About 6 weeks later, we had a contest on social media.  We posted a shooting drill video and we offered a FREE team training session to whichever player could send us a video of them performing the same drill and knocking down the same shots in the same amount of time.  Tony's son, Aden sent us his video within the hour and a few weeks later we trained the North Georgia Irish for the first time.  Tony and his team loved the workout so much, that we have implemented a partnership with them and we still train their program on a regular basis. As awesome as that is, that's not Why I Do What I Do.

Below is an email I received from Tony a few weeks ago,

"Lee, I wanted to reach out to you this morning to say Thank You. You've helped me and my teams so much over the past few years. Directly with guidance and indirectly with my own son, Aden (6th grader)...we followed your program and put up 150-250 shots everyday along with some serious ballhandling work. I'm happy to say it all came together for him. Over the past 3 weeks, he went through tryouts at Blessed Trinity for the 7th grade team just to put him in a high pressure situation to prepare him for other tryouts and get a sense of what it will be like next year (as a 7th grader)...We received the news yesterday he was selected for the team. We never expected to have this opportunity at BT...but we are taking it and getting on board a year early. I was feeling grateful today and wanted to share since it was Aden who won your contest to get us a free training 2 years ago, consequently initiating our partnership...it looks like we will have 100% of our Irish players making their middle school teams this season. What a testament to the development you are providing to all of the kids/players in the area. Keep up the good work and I look forward to continuing our relationship."  

Coaches having their own son and 100% of their travel team players make their middle school team is Why I Do What I Do.

A little over two years ago, we had a 5th grader John Sexton come to one of our NIKE Camps and attend
our Sunday Skills Training sessions that fall.  Even though John a long road ahead of him in terms of basketball skill development, he had an absolute passion for the game and a willingness to work on his skills tirelessly. I knew his goal was to play basketball for whatever school he attended in middle school so we pushed him each and every single time he stepped on the court with us. Two years and 50+ extremely hard workouts later, his dream came true.  He made the middle school team at Marist. A few days later his dad sent me an email that stated, "if anyone was ever doing exactly the right thing at the exactly right time it would have to be you working with John and all the other kids."

Parents sending me emails confirming how powerful our program truly is another reason Why I Do What I Do.
Making players 1% better each time they step on the court is our motto. Recently, though, we have been working with coaches and league directors to make sure that their coaching staffs are properly trained and educated on how to train players more efficiently.  Typically, we work in a private setting and work directly with one league or program, but for the 2nd straight year we offered an opportunity for any coach to attend our Coaches Clipboard Clinic. This is a 3 hour crash course on how to effectively train your players throughout the season.  It is not an Xs and Os clinic, rather it is a clinic that teaches primarily individual skill development.  I was once again amazed, honored and humbled to have so many coaches come to me for advice on how to "coach" their players. Many of which stuck around after the clinic and asked for more advice and more drills.  I did not leave that day, until the last question was answered.

Having 45+ coaches attend our Coaches Clipboard Clinic is also Why I Do What I Do.

I have been blessed to have God give me this wonderful opportunity to touch so many players, coaches and parents lives and I thank each one of you for allowing me into your life. I can't imagine doing anything else.


Lee Miller
National Director
Elite Hoops
"Release Your Potential


Friday, December 6, 2013

Elite Hoops Basketball Playset: Kansas

Posted by Aj Holland | Friday, December 6, 2013 | Category: | 0 comments

With amazing athlete's coming in and out of the Kansas Jayhawks program, Bill Self has designed an offense that benefits these players and is tough for opposing teams to defend. Most teams in the NCAA do not have four guys that can play above the rim making the Jayhawks nearly impossible to defend. In the play below, you will see one of the sets ran that demonstrates how Kansas takes advantage of their personel. 



The play above begins with P1 dribbling off of a ball screen with P4. P5 then sets a backscreen on P2 for a lob over the top. If the lob is not there P3 comes off of a staggered screen while the ball is being passed to P5. Next P1 runs off a flare screen set by P4 looking for a shot. If P1 is not open, P2 sets a back screen for P4 diving to the rim for the easy layup.

A.J. Holland
Elite Hoops Basketball


Monday, December 2, 2013

Elite Hoops Basketball Playset: Clippers

Posted by Aj Holland | Monday, December 2, 2013 | Category: | 0 comments

Doc Rivers has said to the media that he is putting an end to "lob city" and he is showing it with the controlled offense that he has the clippers running. Instead of setting ball screens 24 seconds for Chris Paul, LA now has added a number of scoring options to their offense. To better the movement and take some pressure off of Paul, Rivers has designed a way for CP3 to play off of the ball for part of the possession while still playing to his strength of making reads off of ball screens.



In the play above, P1 passes to P3 and cuts to the opposite block. When P3 passes to P5 he finishes the staggered screen for P1 curling back. P5 then passes to P1 for a shot but if not open P5 goes straight into the dribble handoff before receiving a back screen from P4. P1 now has the option to throw a bounce or lob pass to P5, hit P2 spotted up for a jumpshot, or P3 trailing for a jumpshot.

A.J. Holland
Elite Hoops Basketball



Breaking Ankles

Posted by Aj Holland | | Category: | 0 comments


What makes the crossover so appealing to the basketball world? Who has the best crossover ever and how can it be used in your game? Not only is it entertaining to watch, but also the majority of the successful guards in the NBA have mastered this impressive and useful move. This quick left to right or right to left motion can leave your defender stuck on the court allowing space for a jumpshot or drive for a layup.


Players such as Allen Iverson and Tim Hardaway were able to perfect their crossover dribble and make it famous by using it against the greatest players in the world.  Some players say they cannot duplicate moves such as the ones mastered by these players and that is completely fine. Players need to do what is comfortable for them. For example, Tim Hardaway began trying to do the in and out before the cross then realized that the between the legs came more natural to him. With that being said, it is easy to see that there is a variety of ways to do the crossover.

One current player that has a very lethal crossover is Stephen Curry.  What makes his move so hard to guard is the fact that he is ready to shoot at any moment if there is too much separation. Because of this, defenders are often left frozen or off balance because they are worried about contesting the pull up jumper. This shows that the crossover can become even more dangerous by improving other parts of your game. If you are able to change speed and direction quickly, the crossover can take your game to another level when used correctly.

Check out the view of the crossover from some greats below.

A.J. Holland
Elite Hoops Basketball

Friday, November 22, 2013

Elite Hoops Basketball Playset: Gate

Posted by Aj Holland | Friday, November 22, 2013 | Category: | 0 comments

Need a play to get a hot player a shot? Most of the time coaches will put the best defender on a player to completely shut them down to the point where they can’t even touch the ball. Well “gate” might be exactly the play that you need. This play is great to use for any player on the team but is perfect for players who can stroke it but cannot create a shot for themselves.

In "gate", P1 starts by passing the ball to P2 and cutting to the strong side corner. The ball is then reversed around the perimeter to P3. P5 then sets a backscreen for P2. Once P2 gets to the block, P1 sprints back to the top of the key and P4 gets in position to screen with the 5. When the ball is being passed to P1, P2 turns and sprints between P4 and P5 while they close the gap before the defender is able to squeeze between. The ball is then passed to P2 for the wide open 3pt shot.

A.J. Holland
Elite Hoops Basketball

Friday, November 15, 2013

Elite Hoops Basketball Playset: Twist

Posted by Aj Holland | Friday, November 15, 2013 | Category: | 0 comments

Many coaches throughout the country have decided that the best offense for their team is the 4 out motion. This allows players to have a variety of options on floor and lets them play freely while making reads at the same time. One problem that some people have come across is finding a way to score in the late clock without a desperation shot. In the play below the answer to this problem is solved.

With about 15 seconds left, P1 executes a dribble handoff with P2 while P3 and P4 exchange spots. As soon as P2 gets lane line extended the ball is swung to P4 and P2 L cuts off of a backscreen from P5. P5 then turns around to set a pin screen for P3 looking to catch and shoot. If P3 cannot receive the pass he finishes his cut to the opposite corner. Next, P5 pops out to swing the ball to P1 and follows with a ball screen. When P1 comes off of the ball screen, P5 continues to set a down screen for P3 while P4 sets a down screen for P2. If P2 is not open for a shot he continues across the lane to set a backscreen to free P5 for a layup. There are 10 scoring options to this play in 15 seconds.

Coach A.J. Holland
Elite Hoops Basketball

Elite Hoops Basketball Playset: Warriors

Posted by Aj Holland | | Category: | 0 comments

In order to be a successful team in the NBA, you need to have plays that are putting your best players in position to score. It is alright to have plays for role players on the team but the majority of the focus needs to be set on figuring out how to make the game as easy as possible for the stars. One team that has this figured out is the Golden State Warriors. The "splashbrothers" have gained a lot of national attention over the past year and looking at plays like this you can see why.



The play above begins with P5 flashing to receive the pass from P1 as soon as P1 crosses halfcourt. Once P5 catches the ball, P2 cuts to the opposite corner and P4 sets a flare screen for P1. P5 then throws the skip pass to P1 and finishes the staggered screen away with P3 for P2 to come off for a shot. While this is happening P4 is diving to the strong side block to be an option for the post entry. This play is great for a team consisting two knock down shooters on the perimeter.

A.J. Holland
Elite Hoops Basketball

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Is Your Child Ready to Play Basketball?

Posted by Paul Villarroel | Thursday, November 14, 2013 | Category: | 0 comments



Determining when a child should begin participation in organized sports.

Organized sports for children and preadolescents provide an opportunity for increased physical activity. Sports provide an opportunity to learn sports and team skills in an environment where risks of participation can potentially be “controlled”.

Positives
  • Basic motor skills
  • Increasing physical activity
  • Learning social skills necessary to work as a team
  • Learning good sportsmanship
  • More important……. HAVING FUN.


The effects of immaturity on sports participation are more obvious when we are dealing with children and preadolescents. When the demands of the sport exceed a child's cognitive and physical development, the child may develop feelings of failure and frustration. Even with coaches available to teach rules and skills of a sport, children may not be ready to learn or understand what is being taught. Children may not be able to cope with the idea that they just lost, or did not do as well as they wanted to.

Equipment is also an issue when deciding if children are ready to participate in a specific sport. Is the equipment made for that age group, have they been properly taught how to use the equipment.  It is important for your child to use the proper size basketball and goal height.  The reason behind that is so they do not pick up bad shooting habits. Those kids who started too early usually shoot with two hands, because when they started shooting the basketball they were not strong enough to reach the 10 foot goal.


Issues related to early and late maturation and the impact on future athletic success.

Early Maturation
Negatives
-Early and unrealistic expectations: expect too much from a player at an early age.
-Athlete is bigger, faster, stronger than peers at earlier age: Can lead to the athlete not being challenged as they progress because he/she is the best player and take this for granted. In the long run, the athlete might not be pushed to develop his/her work ethic.
-Athlete may be physically mature, but not have matured mentally.
Positives
+Athlete may gain more attention and opportunities because he/she stands out and can be discovered.
+Can develop leadership skills and opportunities because he/she is looked up to.

Late Maturation
Negatives
-Athletes can be discouraged from playing, from struggling against bigger kids.
-May have fewer opportunities because they are overlooked.
-Can be excluded or loose opportunities when cuts are needed.
Positives
+Can be a motivating factor to push kids to work harder and develop stronger work ethic
+May peek closer to important time of athletic life, for example, instead of developing in 7th grade, athlete may develop later in high school
+May develop better understanding of skills because they can't rely on physical prowess early


The Elite Hoops Way

These are the primary reasons why we at Elite Hoops Basketball stress the importance of making sure your children are in the right skill session and skill group within the skill session. Our goal is to be able to able to progress the player at the rate that they can manage. Each player is different, we may be able to push some harder than others, that does not mean you child is not improving. There is more to basketball than putting the ball in the hoop. We want to be able to form the complete player that way they love the game for years to come. 

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Leadership

Posted by Aj Holland | Friday, November 1, 2013 | Category: | 0 comments


With the basketball season beginning, coaches and players are starting to see who the true leaders are on the team.  These standout players possess qualities such as being encouraging, vocal, honest, and trustworthy. Leaders are generally an extension of the coach to the players on the court, but at the same time they need to be cautious of not losing the teammates respect.  If this respect is lost, the team will slowly begin to divide which is horrible for the team chemistry. One way that a leader could avoid a tragedy like this is to put the team first by communicating with them on a regular. If they feel that something could be better with the team they could let the leader know and the leader could present the message to the coach if everyone feels it would be beneficial to the team.

Many times players feel that they are not capable of being leaders because they are not the star player of the team or very talented. In the case of being a leader, this is not an issue at all. If a team sees that the worst player is willing to work just as hard, if not harder, than everybody else then that player will earn respect.  This hard worker will be somebody who can get the team motivated when there is a negative vibe or it seems like there is no hope for the season. Coaches love to have these players in the locker room and anybody is capable of doing these things.

Lastly, the point guard of the team does not have to be the leader. Any player at any position is capable of being a leader. At times the point guard of the team may be able to lead by example on the court but may not be vocal enough to lead off of the court. This is a time when players need to step up and play that leadership role to better the team. All successful teams have at least one person that they can trust and look to during rough times. Regardless of height, skill, or position be that person who all coaches love and become leaders of your team.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Screening for the good of the TEAM

Posted by Paul Villarroel | Tuesday, October 15, 2013 | Category: | 0 comments


Setting a Screen:  Hands need to be locked in front of the body. The player needs to be set and not moving, in order to prevent an offensive foul (moving screen)

Cutter sets up the screen:
Fake away and go shoulder to shoulder off the screen.
1.       A screen will help a teammate get open.
2.       If the defensive player fights over the top, the offensive player can then back door cut to the basket.
3.       If the defender fights under the screen then the offensive player pops back for an open shot.
4.       If the switch occurs, the screener needs to slip the screen, and cut to the basket.

These are just some of the reasons why setting a screen and using a screen is important.  The team that will buy into screening and helping a teammate get open will have much success this season.  I have not even mentioned pick and roll action. I am only concentrating on setting screens away from the ball. A couple of hard screens in the beginning of the game will set the tone for the team. Most teams will not continue to fight through screens because fighting through screens takes a toll on your body. A couple here and there is no problem but if you are the kind of team who sets hard and frequent screens, chances are you will be finding yourself many scoring opportunities.

For example:
If your team uses a screen and curls for an open layup. The opposing team’s coach will be yelling at their players not to allow that to happen again. This will cause pressure on that player not to allow a layup anymore. In order to prevent further layups, the player will start to cheat over to try and beat the man to that spot. A good team will be able to see the way they are playing that screen and make adjustments accordingly.  The player can now flare, pop, curl, and receive another screen. Even if the team decides to switch every screen, back door and multiple screen options are always available to counter the defensive scheme of switch screen.  Switching screens will allow a team to exploit mismatches in the perimeter and post areas. At times you may even have the defense screen themselves because of their lack of communication when guarding screens.

Screens cause chaos to the opposition. It forces the defense to make decisions when they are tired. It causes miscommunication on the defensive end, whether to switch, hedge, double, go over or under a screen. The use of a screen and how to guard it may be easy to explain on paper, however, is very hard to defend in the game. The truly disciplined and well coached teams have a high success rate at guarding against screens. Even those great teams often make mistakes and that is the beauty of them. Every team should not only use them but practice against them to make them a better overall team.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Making the Team

Posted by Aj Holland | Tuesday, October 1, 2013 | Category: | 0 comments


Every young player in the basketball world has to go through the tryout process. This consists of not only showing your talent on the floor, but also selling yourself as a person. Even if you are a great player, many coaches believe that one sour apple can spoil the whole bunch and will not hesitate to cut someone if they feel that they will possibly be detrimental to the team. With this being said, spots are now available for the players that work hard and are willing to do whatever it takes to help lead the team to success.

Realistically, everybody that plays basketball does not have an amazing skill set. So how do you get noticed at a tryout if you are just a decent player? One of the things that will help is introducing yourself to the coach before the tryout. This does not mean visit the coach at every opportunity that is presented where the coach begins to try to avoid you. This means go shake their hand, tell them your name and position, then let them know that you are excited to have an opportunity to play for them. Make a positive impression on the coach to the point that you know they will remember your face and would want you to be a part of the group of young kids they choose to spend the majority of their time around. On the court, be that player that hustles, dives after loose balls, and is very vocal on the defensive side of the court. Cheer on the people at the tryout whether they are better than you or not. Coaches notice these things and love to have these role players on the roster.

Lastly, remember that being cut is not the end of the world. Everybody knows the story about Michael Jordan being cut and this same person developed into the best player to ever touch a basketball. If you are cut, feel free to ask the coach what part of your game you need to work on and use the free offseason time to improve in those categories. Good luck in the future and remember to always give full effort.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The New Kid on the Team

Posted by Paul Villarroel | Wednesday, September 18, 2013 | Category: | 0 comments

At one point in your basketball playing days you will be the new kid on a team, it’s inevitable, as well as, a rite of passage. You may be the new kid in a recreational youth league and the team that you got put on has been playing together for a couple of years. You may be the freshman that made it onto the Varsity team and you will be playing with juniors and seniors.  You may have been recruited to play for a university where you will be playing with players who are 3 or 4 years older than you.  You may be fortunate enough to have your hard work pay off and have an opportunity to play professionally. You will be the rookie of a team filled with players who are older and have had more professional experience than you. You may be playing a pick up game at a local YMCA with players of different ages, genders and skill levels.

During all these different phases of your playing days there is a constant need for reflection and I challenge you to reflect. How you think you play and how you really play are two very different things. How do you want others to think of you?  Are a willing passer? Do you like playing defense? Do you talk on defense? Are you a hard worker? Are you a good sport/ teammate? If you do not know the answer to these questions, I guarantee that your teammates have already answered them for you.  The game of basketball will hopefully allow you to experience all these phases. Now keep in mind I am not telling you not to work on your game or on those skills you want to have. What I am saying is that while you are working at perfecting those skills they cant come before the team. You may think you have a great jump shot but when you shoot 1 for 16, that is selfish. Chances are you will be sharing the bench with your coach if you do things that are outside your scope of abilities. Hard work will help you become that better passer, shooter or maybe an overall work horse. The work that you put into helping your new team will also help you learn life skills.You will learn to take direction from your elders. Learn how to find your role and seek out how you can help the team out.

One day you will be the new employee to a company and although your past record may help you land the job. The work that you do for them will eventually help you keep your job and help you find your role in the new team. There is always room for change and added responsibility with in the team. If you want it and can show you are worth it. The life skills you learned from being the new kid on the recreational youth basketball team, will carry on with you and hopefully drive you to be a better teammate in all the TEAMS in your life.


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Saturday, August 10, 2013

NIKE Boys Basketball Camp: Championship Friday at Carolina Courts

Posted by Brandon Chappell | Saturday, August 10, 2013 | Category: | 0 comments



The NIKE Boys Basketball Camps in the southeast of the United States is changing the lives of many young athletes. Of course the basketball players benefit the most, but we are quickly attracting campers with different sports preferences. Football, soccer, baseball, lacrosse, and other sports are gravitating to the NIKE Basketball Camps. We focus on teaching discipline, hard work, and high energy. Once a player has that, the sport is suddenly a little bit easier to improve on. Basketball wise we staff the best coaches and players in the camps area. Basketball summers are very important for basketball players. This summer is wrapping up but we are confident all campers are ready for their next task. Thank you for trusting and giving us the opportunity to help your precious young athletes. Until next summer NIKE Basketball Parents!

Championship Friday was nothing less than inspirational for all the staffers and campers. That morning, the campers walked into the gym with an extra bounce in their step. Anyone could notice the focused and determined look in the eyes of the campers. We started off the day with living by numbers. Next we quickly jumped into our individual skills stations for a quick review. Each day the campers rotated between 3 different skill stations. Individual skills, 3on3, and video session gives helps teach all parts of the game to the campers.

Now its championship time! The first championship round was the 5on5 games. I've been working NIKE Basketball Camps for 2 years now and this was the first time we had such an evenully matched NBA Chyampionship. Just like the 2013 NBA Finals, the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs  at Carolina Courts battled out every second of the game for the championship. The Heat came out victorious. In the high school and college division we had two overtime games was an exciting finish. Next was our Living By Numbers Championships. One camper broke our previous record and was thrilled about the honor. Its my guess the player has been practicing the Living by Numbers (LBN) program online. Lastly was the crowd favorite 3on3 Cut Throat Championship. All week the campers have been earning points and learning different ways to be successful with their teams. Coaches, players, and parents enjoyed the intensity during the 3on3 games.

Check out LBN record breaker from this week.

Power Layups NBA Division with Joshua Jones


Championship Friday ended with our NIKE Awards Ceremony. All the campers received camps T-shirts, workbooks, players evaluations, and various fun prizes. The campers that performed well during the LBN Championships, earned autographed NIKE basketballs and NIKE gear. Below is the list of LBN winners and the photos of the individual winners. We are sad the camp ended today, but we are more excited about the improvement of all the campers. See you next year Charlotte!

Switch Cone Slides
HS: Collin Thomas
College: Connor Meehan
NBA: JC Tharrington

Figure 8
HS: Josh Hazlett
College: Connor Meehan
NBA: JC Tharrington

Cone Layups
HS: Brock Adams
College: Luke Cashion
NBA: Josh Jones

Hot Shot
HS: Justin Jones 
College: Thomas Tyson
NBA: JC Tharrington


Indivdual Awards
High School:


MVP- Chase Montgomery



Coaches Award- Collin Thomas



International Award- Victor Monsalve



College:


MVP- Michael Bagnasco




Coaches Award- Connor Meehan


NBA:



MVP- JC Tharrington



Coaches Award- Sam Sarkozi


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Sunday, August 4, 2013

NIKE Boys Basketball Camp: Championship Friday at Cathedral Praise

Posted by Brandon Chappell | Sunday, August 4, 2013 | Category: | 0 comments



The NIKE Boys Basketball Camps in the southeast of the United States is changing the lives of many young athletes. Of course the basketball players benefit the most, but we are quickly attracting campers with different sports preferences. Football, soccer, baseball, lacrosse, and other sports are gravitating to the NIKE Basketball Camps. We focus on teaching discipline, hard work, and high energy. Once a player has that, the sport is suddenly a little bit easier to improve on. Basketball wise we staff the best coaches and players in the camps area. Basketball summers are very important for basketball players. This summer is wrapping up but we are confident all campers are ready for their next task. Thank you for trusting and giving us the opportunity to help your precious young athletes. Until next summer NIKE Basketball Parents!

Championship Friday was nothing less than inspirational for all the staffers and campers. That morning, the campers walked into the gym with an extra bounce in their step. Anyone could notice the focused and determined look in the eyes of the campers. We started off the day with living by numbers. Next we quickly jumped into our individual skills stations for a quick review. Each day the campers rotated between 3 different skill stations. Individual skills, 3on3, and video session gives helps teach all parts of the game to the campers.

Now its championship time! The first championship round was the 5on5 games. In the high school and college division we had two overtime games was an exciting finish. The NBA division championship was dominated by one team entire week. Next was our Living By Numbers Championships. One camper broke our previous record and was thrilled about the honor. Its my guess the player has been practicing the Living by Numbers (LBN) program online. Lastly was the crowd favorite 3on3 Cut Throat Championship. All week the campers have been earning points and learning different ways to be successful with their teams. Coaches, players, and parents enjoyed the intensity during the 3on3 games.

Championship Friday ended with our NIKE Awards Ceremony. All the campers received camps T-shirts, workbooks, players evaluations, and various fun prizes. The campers that performed well during the LBN Championships, earned autographed NIKE basketballs and NIKE gear. Below is the list of LBN winners and the photos of the individual winners. We are sad the camp ended today, but we are more excited about the improvement of all the campers. See you next year Charleston!

Switch Cone Slides
Isiah McGrew

Figure 8
Quan Gibbs

Cone Layups
Garrett Byerly  

Hot Shot
Werber Steven


Indivdual Awards
Coaches Award:


Jeremiah King


MVP:

Mylick Elliot Dargan


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For information on other Elite Hoops NIKE Camps and Skills Clinic check out our website. Click HERE

NIKE Boys Basketball Camp: Championship Friday at A Game Complex

Posted by Brandon Chappell | | Category: | 0 comments



The NIKE Boys Basketball Camps in the southeast of the United States is changing the lives of many young athletes. Of course the basketball players benefit the most, but we are quickly attracting campers with different sports preferences. Football, soccer, baseball, lacrosse, and other sports are gravitating to the NIKE Basketball Camps. We focus on teaching discipline, hard work, and high energy. Once a player has that, the sport is suddenly a little bit easier to improve on. Basketball wise we staff the best coaches and players in the camps area. Basketball summers are very important for basketball players. This summer is wrapping up but we are confident all campers are ready for their next task. Thank you for trusting and giving us the opportunity to help your precious young athletes. Until next summer NIKE Basketball Parents!

Championship Friday was nothing less than inspirational for all the staffers and campers. That morning, the campers walked into the gym with an extra bounce in their step. Anyone could notice the focused and determined look in the eyes of the campers. We started off the day with living by numbers. Next we quickly jumped into our individual skills stations for a quick review. Each day the campers rotated between 3 different skill stations. Individual skills, 3on3, and video session gives helps teach all parts of the game to the campers.

Now its championship time! The first championship round was the 5on5 games. In the high school and college division we had two overtime games was an exciting finish. The NBA division championship was dominated by one team entire week. Next was our Living By Numbers Championships. One camper broke our previous record and was thrilled about the honor. Its my guess the player has been practicing the Living by Numbers (LBN) program online. Lastly was the crowd favorite 3on3 Cut Throat Championship. All week the campers have been earning points and learning different ways to be successful with their teams. Coaches, players, and parents enjoyed the intensity during the 3on3 games.

Championship Friday ended with our NIKE Awards Ceremony. All the campers received camps T-shirts, workbooks, players evaluations, and various fun prizes. The campers that performed well during the LBN Championships, earned autographed NIKE basketballs and NIKE gear. Below is the list of LBN winners and the photos of the individual winners. We are sad the camp ended today, but we are more excited about the improvement of all the campers. See you next year Franklin, Tennessee.


Mikan
HS: Cayle Wiatr
College: Blane Burrows
NBA: Mykale Sanders

Figure 8
HS: Cayle Wiatr
College: Harry Lackey
NBA: Jacob Puckett

Cone Layups
HS: Cayle Waitr
College: Conner Beavon
NBA: Kellen King

Hot Shot
HS: Cayle Wiatr
College: Daniel Harrington
NBA: Tyler Byers


Indivdual Awards
Coaches Award:


(L) Rex Gainer, Jack Patton, Evan Gainer



MVP Award:



(L) Blaine Burrow, Kellen King, Arthur Bennett


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For information on other Elite Hoops NIKE Camps and Skills Clinic check out our website. Click HERE