See how we teach key skills
Ball Handling & Dribbling
No matter how young your child is, you will be amazed by the ball handling and dribbling skills he/she will develop over the course of our season. Invaluable practice time is allocated every class to the various ball handling and dribbling drills designed by “Pistol Pete Marovich!”
You will absolutely adore watching your little one practice his/her moves to the Harlem Globetrotter’s theme song “Sweet Georgia Brown,” or maybe practicing while singing “The Kids on the Court” (“The Wheels on the Bus”) tune. Learning & Laughter is certainly guaranteed here!
Agility Ladder, Footwork, & the Defense Wave Drill
Athleticism, footwork, and agility are not only essential skills in basketball, but in many sports. The skills and drills we work on here will also transfer to each of them.
Time is allocated daily to the agility ladder and to a fundamental defensive basketball drill called “the wave drill.”
Your “little sport” will learn how to move like an all-star and begin to understand what it means to “box out,” “take a charge,” and go after a “loose ball.” Sounds technical BUT when I asked one six year old his favorite part, he quickly replied. “The Wave Drill, that was awesome!” We make it fun!
Passing & Receiving
For our young players, we use a “sting free” ball for passing and receiving. Eye-hand coordination is certainly developed and lots of fun here too!
We play passing games like “Monkey in the Middle” where the coach has to “be like a monkey” when the kids make a specified number of successful passes in a row. This game always generates lots of laughter!
From lay-ups to jump shots, we use:
- The same fundamental techniques and instructions as taught by the best coaches and players in basketball, i.e., Coach K, Larry Byrd, Magic Johnson, Steve Nash, Pistol Pete, Baker Williams, and many more.
- Tested and tried teaching progressions for the “grass-roots” level.
- Buzzwords/cues and lingo that make advanced techniques simple.
- Age-appropriate equipment (balls and rim heights) as recommended by ASEP (American Sports Education Program)