The goal of the Mini-Basket program is to learn fundamental basketball movements, footwork, and skills in a positive and fun way so that kids can discover and begin to love the sport as much as we do.
The focus is not on winning. Instead, we encourage kids to have fun while playing basketball and to introduce them to the basics of the sport. Understanding basic athletic skills will build a base for the kids that will enable them to develop their full potential in the years to come.
Sportsmanship and teamwork are an integral part of all our basketball programs and academies. We believe that positive reinforcement from a young age creates the best learning environment, which then allows kids to understand the value of sportsmanship and respect for their peers while also building self-confidence.
We have developed an interactive training environment because we understand that kids at this age are just discovering sports and generally tend to lose focus quickly. Our coaches work closely with kids and constantly encourage and motivate them to ensure that they learn the skills in a fun and efficient manner.
Below are some of the skills that we will cover and examples of drills that the kids will be exposed to:
- Assessment (i.e. speed test, 5, 10, 20m) (every player will have Academy Player profile)
- Movement skills: Coordination, agility, running, jumping (athletic and agility drills) should cover at least 50% of every session, change of direction, stopping of motion (short duration, anaerobic activities)
- Basketball skills:
- Ready position (holding the ball).
- Triple threat stance.
- Stationary dribbling (ball control), low, high, wide.
- Moving while dribbling, start and stop (protecting the ball), change of direction, height, jump stop, two contact stop.
- Passing the ball (stationary, moving), long pass, catching the ball (absorbing on the move), pivoting.
- Shooting position (squaring feet, follow through), Lay-ups (with progression).
- Defensive position (basic stance, on-ball, off-ball), face to face defense (adjusting speed).
- Games (1 on 0, 2 on 0, offense and defense, transition-fast break and defense), spacing.
The goal at this level is develop muscle memory through practice and repetition of a variety of exercises so that new skills turn into natural habits, all the while seeking to progressively increase the intensity of each training session.
We look to refine previously learned skills, introduce more complex exercises, and present technical and tactical elements of basketball so that kids can better understand different game situations. We have also found that this age group is the optimal time for the development of maximum speed, acceleration, explosive strength, and coordination skills.
As always, we emphasize sportsmanship, fair play, and teamwork during each training session and competition.
Below are some of the skills that we will cover and examples of drills that the players will be exposed to:
- Assessment (i.e. speed test, 5, 10, 20m, shuttle run test, RAST running test), specific basketball evaluation (ball control, passing ability, movement without ball, jumping, defensive positioning, etc) (every player will have Player profile)
- Movement skills: Speed (running technique all directions), strength (body weight), refine coordination, agility, balance, jumping and landing, Endurance
- Basketball skills:
- Ball handling (1, 2 or even 3 basketball balls stationary), develop and refine
- Movement while dribbling (First step (Cross-Open), change of the rhythm and change of direction, Fake move (jab step), retreat, jump stop, Pivot, stride stop, dribbling with 2 balls, all exchanges (cross, between the legs, behind the back, spin move etc. with cross step and shoulder protection), develop and refine
- Passing the ball – (one hand shoulder pass (left, right), dribble and pass (left, right), baseball pass (left, right), two hands pass (with Fake move, combine)
- Catching the ball – (during the movement, different angles and directions, One and Two contact Stop, increasing distance), Getting open, catching the ball after the shoot, collecting the ball for the floor, Pivot
- Shooting (Lay-up technique after fast break, catch and shoot of a dribble, shoot after dribble with one contact stop, two contact stop, pivot), shoot and lay-up with defender (making the proper reads), Fake shoot (First step), BEEF (balance, elbow, eyes, follow trough) shooting concept, free throw shooting routine, expend shooting repertoire, refine
- Defensive – (Moving in defense stance), Open and closed stance, sliding, On and Off ball defense, develop deny, help, rotate, recovery, Introduce Def. transition, handicap, rebounding (box out, safeties, recovery, Concept (perimeter and post)
- Tactic (Group) – Transition Offence (Fast Break-Concept of lanes and outlets), Position Offence (Give and Go), Cuts (L-cut, V-cut, Back-cut, Front-cut, I-cut, Playing without ball, etc), penetration, ball movement, Fast Break Defense (Rules) and Position Offence Defense (Rules)
- Game (Developing 1 on 1, 2 on 2, 3 on 3, skills), squaring to the hoop, read and react.