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.