Summer 2014 Basketball Camps and Clinics in Massachusetts

For Premier Hoops, this is the biggest summer of skill development training in the program’s history.

Currently training over 200 athletes in Chelsea, Hamilton, Marblehead, Peabody, and Danvers, the basketball skills and conditioning program plans to expand services to Billerica, Cambridge, Triton, and Topsfield in the summer.

One of our goals is to be able to offer Premier Hoops to athletes of any area.

In the next year we will be opening up seasonal training programs in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Check for current and future programs.

Benefits of Premier Hoops for youth athletes:

1)     Staying active and getting a good workout

2)     Learning the fundamentals of how to play basketball

3)     Making new friends from different locations

This summer Premier Hoops will be offering New “4S Elite 8-Week Summer Training” starting on July 6 and ending August 24.

Elite summer training is for 5-12 grade boys and girls.

*The 4S training program is not for beginners players.

Athletes from all over MA and NH can choose to workout at as many locations as they want.

Each workout is two hours long and consists of speed/agility, skill development, and game play.

“4S” stands for speed, strength, stamina, and skills; the four essential characteristics for the total player.

  • Speed – players need to be able to change speeds and be unpredictable at all times.
  • Strength – players need this to get rebounds, finish when getting fouled, and to not get pushed off balance.
  • Stamina – players need to be able to perform at the same high level throughout the entire game.
  • Skills – players need top level skills to be able to make plays in games

This is the 5th summer of the program and we’ve had incredible results!

We guarantee that through commitment and steady attendance to this program, that each player will see incredible improvement in the following areas:

  • Endurance (better “basketball shape”)
  • Quickness and strength for basketball (and other sports)
  • Shooting, ball-handling, and passing
  • Basketball moves
  • Game understanding (learn the fundamentals for best coaching in MA)

Beginner 4S Training is also offered in Eastern, MA.


“When I asked my daughter to describe “how” she got better through Premier Hoops over the past 4 seasons, this was her response: ‘I am faster, stronger, in much better condition, and better at ball handling.  The coaches push you to the limit…. AND they make you want to push yourself.’ Great drills, dedicated coaches, and HARD WORK have made my daughter a better overall athlete. Thank you.”
Mary Ellen Comeau
Mother of Olivia Comeau, Salem, MA
Bishop Fenwick High ’16

“Premier Hoops is a great thing. It’s hard at first but it gets easier throughout the weeks. Premier Hoops is a fun and hard program. Throughout the program you can see improvement towards the end and you make a lot of new friends from different places.”
Bryan Nju-Ghong, Lynn, MA
Select Team Captain
St. John’s Prep ’17

“Our son has been with Premier Hoops for the past 2 years.  He has participated in the skills development programs as well as being a member on several travel teams.  Mike Leykin has been an inspirational coach for our son.  His practices are always very well planned and very well run. Our son’s fitness and skills have improved significantly, whilst Coach Mike’s passion for the game of basketball is infectious.  Coach Mike and his instructors create a very positive atmosphere for self-development and every practice is both fun and rewarding.  Our son plays multiple sports on multiple teams and we have found Premier Hoops to be the best overall sports program in terms of both physical and mental development.  We thoroughly recommend Premier Hoops to any parent who would like their child to benefit from high level coaching and conditioning.”
Sarah Hart
Mother of Jackson Hart ’20, Marblehead, MA
Marblehead Village Elementary School

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Premier Hoops Spring Kick-Off

The spring is finally here! Premier Hoops is excited to kick-off our biggest season to date, welcoming athletes from all over the Massachusetts and New Hampshire areas! During our first week of spring workouts, we have had an impressive turn out every night at every location! The coaches are very pleased with the commitment and work ethic that so many of our athletes have already shown, we are off to a great start!

We are very excited about our new locations that have allowed us to welcome new athletes from different areas on both the boys and girls sides! We now have elite athletes that are representing Premier Hoops from all over, making us one of the most diverse programs around!

New Chelsea Location: We are very excited to partner up with the Boys & Girls Club in Chelsea this spring! Premier Hoops is honored to join forces with such a positive, inspiring organization. Adding this new location has brought athletes from surrounding Boston communities together. These areas include- Chelsea, Cambridge, East Boston, Charlestown, Everett, Somerville, Medford, Melrose, Malden, Winthrop, and Brookline

Additional and Existing locations:  In our biggest season yet, we are excited to be running a new league at our Hamilton location! In addition to our existing gyms on the North Shore, we’re welcoming a plethora of returning and new faces from cities such as Beverly, Swampscott, Lynn, Peabody, Gloucester, Marblehead, Danvers, Saugus, Lynnfield, Newburyport, Wakefield, Middleton, Ipswich and Salem.

New Spring Technology: Premier Hoops differentiates from any AAU or other basketball programs by constantly coming up with new innovative ideas to make our program the best it can be! Another exciting addition to the spring is our brand new “My Premier Hoops” technology. We have worked very hard all winter to create an app to make everyone’s experience more convenient and complete. “My Premier Hoops” is a system we’ve created for every single athlete in our program, with this new program, athletes are able to view their attendance, progress, workouts, and other updates right on their device (phone, tablet, computer). This system will make the communication between coaches and players even stronger.

Be the Best Player You Can Be!

It is no secret, that to become a better basketball player, you need to put in the work in the off-season! Our coaches and trainers know what it takes, brining an extensive background of successful coaching and playing experience. It’s not easy, but if it is what you want, it is worth it. That is why we offer year-round basketball training in a number of locations almost every single night, making it convenient and always available to our athletes. We take pride in our skill development system that we have created with a lot of research and experimenting. The results that we have seen, in one season alone, are remarkable!

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns regarding the spring season or future seasons! We have a few spots left in our spring programs and we always welcome the opportunity to find a program that is a good fit for each individual athlete. Looking forward to an exciting spring season and accomplishing new goals, building new friendships, and seeing results!!

Hard Work Beats Talent

“A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.”- Larry Bird

The best way to get better at basketball is to play as much as you can every single day! There was a point in time where parks and courts would be flooded with athletes playing pick-up basketball. These days, that seems to be a rare find in most areas. Don’t let that be your excuse not to play everyday- Find somewhere to play! Find friends to play with, play by yourself, don’t stop when it gets uncomfortable– keep going. These are all habits of the greatest players of all time! Let’s look at some of the life lessons that Michael Jordan taught us:

10 Life Lessons from MJ

1. You get out of it what you put into it- “If you do the work you get rewarded. There are no shortcuts in life.”

2. Practice everyday- “I’m not out there sweating for three hours everyday just to find out what it feels like to sweat.”

3. Respond to failure- “Failure makes me work even harder.”

4. Set high goals- “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.”

5. Love what you do- “Just play. Have Fun. Enjoy the game.”

6. Stay Focused- ” Never think about what’s at stake… If you start to think about who is going to win, you’ve lost focus.”

7. Never Give Up-“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

8. Don’t be Afraid- “I’ve never been afraid to fail.”

9. Be Optimistic- “Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.”

10. Play to Win!- “I play to win, whether during practice or a real game. And I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win.”

When we look at some of the greatest players of all time, the one thing they all have in common is their desire to be great. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school team and went on to become the greatest basketball player of all time. Being skilled at anything isn’t something that you are born with; you have to work at it every single day. When you are trying to decide which basketball program to be a part of in the off-season, go with the one that allows you to touch the basketball and play the most! Anyone that tells you that you are “guaranteed” to get better when you are only playing once or twice a week is not being honest with you. You know what it takes to be great, it’s up to you to decide if you want to put in the work and be the best you can be!

Successful Team Defense

 ”Offense sells tickets, defense wins championships”

The foundation of every good basketball team is its defense, however, defense is often overlooked. When you first start playing basketball, all you care about is getting the ball and scoring- playing offense is the fun part and scoring a lot of points will get people to praise you! Defense, on the other hand, is not fun and is not usually something you get recognition over. With this mindset, it is hard to enforce and understand how critical defense is to a team’s success.  When every player on a team buys into working 100% on defense and resting on offense, the team will prevail.

Communication is the base of every good defense. Constant communication on defense is key. Too many times, there is no talking on defense, which is a tough habit to break. Talking on defense requires you to use your voice while you are going your hardest defending, talking while you are tired is something your body needs to be trained to do- this starts at practice! Players need to let their teammates know if a pick is coming, when players are flashing and cutting, and if they need help. Constantly talking on defense will help your team play together as one unit and will also frustrate and confuse your opponent. Think about games you’ve played in before where the other team was obnoxiously loud on defense and you couldn’t concentrate and got flustered. When everyone talks and brings energy, your team sets the tone of the game.

Top Defensive Techniques of a Good Basketball Team:

1. TAKE PRIDE IN YOUR DEFENSE: if you are in man-to-man, take it personal when the person you are guarding scores. Pretend you are playing 1on1- maybe you had a great offensive game and scored 20 points, but if you gave up 30, you are hurting your team.

2. Defend Without Fouling- Fouling leads to points for the other team.

3. NO Transition Baskets: sprint back, locate the ball, communicate with the members of your team and get into your defense.

4. Voices Up and Hands Up CONSTANTLY: when all 5 members of the team are loud with active hands, they are a 100 times more dangerous.

5. Discipline: great defensive teams remain discipline throughout the ENTIRE position. Don’t put all that work in and let up once the shot clock is winding down.

6. Box-Out and Rebound: finish every stop with a rebound. Once the shot goes up, your job isn’t done until the ball is in the hands of you or your teammates.

7. Proper Rotations: move when the ball moves with a purpose. Don’t get caught in no mans land.

8. Win Every 50/50: every player on the court should do everything in their power to win a loose ball no matter what.

We hope that this post has inspired you to pick up the intensity on defense! Set the tone of the game and take initiative among your teammates. Hold yourselves accountable and take it personal when the other team scores. The team with more stops at the end of the game will win… Defend to win!

The Benefits of Playing Team Sports

Youth sports in this day and age seem to be getting a little less popular by each season. Other interests seem to be taking over by popular demand, which is unfortunate because there is truly so much value in playing on a team.  Preparing for the real world and what problems they’ll face in the future often is a smoother experience if you have years of playing on a sports team under your belt.  In addition to a brighter future, team sports can be helpful during the teenage years as well.

Staying Out of Trouble: One challenge of being a parent to a teenager is keeping them out of trouble.  Having minimal free time on your hands is one way to avoid mischief. A teen on a sports team has homework, practices, games and team activities to balance which leaves very little time for a social life outside of that.

Setting Goals: Setting goals as a group and working towards those goals is so important in life and sports is one of the best ways to enforce that hard work gets results. This also helps kids understand accountability within the team because you depend on each other and hold each other accountable.

Healthy Lifestyle: Being active is part of living a healthy lifestyle. Exercising every day is important and promotes good habits. In addition to working out, it is important with nutrition consumption. You can’t perform effectively in athletics if you are eating junk food. More importantly, you can’t perform in athletics if you are putting drugs and alcohol into your body.

Being a Part of Something Bigger Than Yourself: The best part about playing sports is belonging to something and making a difference. A group of people can get more accomplished than just one person.

Making Friends: One of the best friends you will make throughout your life are your teammates. Spending countless hours in the gym together, you really become a family. In high school, you can be on a team with kids who are older or younger than you and you are forced to work together whether or not you were friends before. Being on a team cuts across social divides and gives each member a sense of belonging.

Time Management: When you are a student athlete, you are forced to learn how to manage your time effectively. It can be extremely challenging at times to balance homework, studying, practices/games and getting enough sleep.  Student athletes learn to use there free time wisely. This is a trait that they will carry over to the real world.

Memories: The memories that you make throughout your life by playing sports will stay with you for the rest of your life. Big victories or upsetting defeats will remain with the individuals of the team long after the season is over!

“Even when you’ve played the game of your life, it’s the feeling of teamwork that you’ll remember. You’ll forget the plays, the shots, and the scores. But you’ll never forget your teammates.”

AAU Basketball or “AAU Basketball” in Massachusetts?

“AAU Basketball” in Massachusetts?

Ask many youth hoop followers and they’ll tell you that you can now choose from hundreds of AAU basketball programs in Massachusetts.

This is a quote from the Wall Street Journal Online article called “American Kids Flunk Basketball 101″ which features an interview with MIchael Beasley.

“By the middle of the last NBA season, as concerns build about his dwindling playing time and rough transition to the NBA, last year’s No. 2 overall pick, Michael Beasley of the Miami Heat, finally conceded a fundamental flaw: No one, at any level in his basketball career, had asked him to play defense. And especially not in AAU. “If you’re playing defense in AAU, you don’t need to be playing,” he says. “I’ve honestly never seen anyone play defense in AAU.

Also, Coach Stan Van Gundy had this to say:

“It’s a bad system for developing players,” says Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy. “They aren’t learning to handle the ball, they aren’t learning to make plays against pressure. The emphasis with our high-school players is to get exposure and play as many games as you can and show everybody how great you are. If I can win the 11-and-12 year old league and tell all my friends about it, that is a whole lot more important than if my kids actually get any better or learn anything about the game.”

In Europe, Mr. Van Gundy says, “those guys are doing five or six practices for every game. They are spending a lot of time in the gym working on individual skills. It’s reversed here.”

The average cost to play on an “AAU” team is between $450-$750, depending on the season and quality of the program.

…I had an interesting conversation with an old college basketball teammate of mine the other day. I told him that an average varsity team can beat over 50% of the high school teams playing in AAU. He said that when he was in high school, AAU was only for the D1 players. he said that he never played AAU basketball, but he practiced a lot. He was still able to play at a good D3 college.

“AAU” has become a big “money maker” and almost a different league of its own.

There are still good programs around…

…but the only problem is that the majority of programs in MA do not make any cuts after tryouts.

Instead, these programs split teams in to A, B, and C divisions.

This becomes a “pay to play” program, which is when if you can write a check then you can play on a team.

So, “AAU” basketball in MA is now filled with poorly skilled basketball players playing on a team in weekend tournaments called AAU tournaments.

Making money of teams is the business of many AAU programs.

Typically the fully sponsored AAU teams are where players should aspire to play, because everything is paid for.

The emergence of more teams and new AAU basketball programs has been very detrimental to the skill development in youth basketball.

By offering a “pay to play” program, players are usually only practice once per week in a given season.

AAU programs scramble to find coaches to fit the demand for teams, which makes the quality of coaching poor.

The high costs in gym space, tournaments, and coaching makes it hard for AAU programs to offer a lot of practice times for the players.

The more athletes practice, the better they get.

Unfortunately, practice time costs money and for many AAU progams, the margins are to small to allow for more practice times for it’s players.

Now, in many AAU clubs, you have poorly skilled players, paying to play on a team, which practices once per week and plays in a small amount of weekend tournaments.

The youth athletes are paying more and practicing less because of so many structured “pay to play” programs around.

Many of them claim to be ELITE, but they are not.

When considering investing money in a basketball program in Massachusetts, these are some of the things to consider:

  • If I sign my son or daughter up for AAU, will he or she practice with good coaching 3-4 nights per week?
  • Is my son or daughter a standout athlete or gym-rat, that will benefit from playing in high level AAU?
  • Does it make more sense for my child to work on his or her skills 3-4 nights per week or practice with a team once per week?
  • How many teams does the AAU program have? If there is more than one team per age group, this tells you it is a “pay to play” program.

These are some good articles to read about AAU basketball and it’s impacts on youth basketball development:


Coach Leykin

Premier Hoops

N3xt Level Performance Training

The Benefits of Training Everyday!

Improving in basketball takes consistent practice and hard work!

It is common knowledge that if you practice something everyday that you will improve in it.

For basketball, players can get good quick, but to master the skills a player must work at it all the time.

This article will discuss some of the benefits of training on your game every day and is based on Premier Hoops seasonal basketball developmental programs (currently offered in Massachusetts)

Basketball training is a combination of skill development and conditioning drills.

Practicing ball-handling and shooting drills by yourself or with a friend can really elevate your game!

The main benefits of basketball training every day!

In no particular order.

  • Increased flexibility, endurance, and strength for basketball
    From all of the dynamic warm-up and endurance performance drills our athletes do, we have seen an incredible improvement in their in-game conditioning!
  • Improvement in ball-handling, shooting, and passing
    Weekly practice on fundamental basketball drills with some of the best coaching in MA leads to more confidence in “real game” situations!
  • Getting a lot of “ball touches” from playing in 1 on 1s, 2 on 2s, and 3 on 3s
    Playing more basketball and getting more “ball touches” against good competition is how players make each other better!
  • Get tips on skills from some of the best coaches in Massachusetts!
    Each night of training is run by high level basketball coaches, who have experience coaching at the high school and college level. Some of these coaches have also played in college, semi-pro, and pro basketball so the tips they can provide on a daily weekly basis can go a long way!
  • Increased confidence
    Each training workout consists of strength and endurance drills, which involve hard work! Players gain a significant amount of confidence on the court and off the court from the program!
  • Doing Well in School
    Premier Hoops provides consistency and structure of youth athletes in MA! If an athlete is not doing well in school then they are not allowed to participate in the program. We take deep pride in connecting youth athletes with good coaches, mentors and roll models. The Prime Motor Group Scholarship Fund aids Premier Hoops’s Families every year to make it possible for need-based athletes to attend the training program.

To summarize this article, combining the time an athlete spends practice alone with 3-5 nights per week with Premier Hoops can add many benefits. Our players do not only gain confidence and strength for basketball, but it also carries over into other sports and other areas in life. Throughout the past four years of Premier Hoops training programs in Massachusetts, there has been a tremendous increase in player performance on and off the court. Many of our athletes keep above a 3.0 grade point average!  We have found that training every day can make a positive impact in the classroom…. our athletes are more focused and discipline from the workouts and are also mentored by some of the best trainers in Massachusetts!

We invite an athlete to try Premier Hoops!

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Spring – Summer – Fall – Winter

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Be a Good Teammate

The foundation of a successful sports team is within the members of the team. Great teams have positive leaders and supportive teammates. In order to be a good teammate, it is vital to have trust within each other. Every team sets out to achieve a common goal, trusting your teammates and having their back is crucial. To be a winner, you must have the right mindset and understand how important your teammates are and how much you need them.

Every member of a team is an ingredient to its success! This is a fact that tends to be over-looked by everyone. All teams have different levels of talent and different strengths and weaknesses. Whether you play 1 minute or 32 minutes, you contribute to a win or a loss. Giving your best effort at practice to make your teammates better is part of being a good teammate. Always remember, “You practice how you play, you play how you practice”. If you are someone who doesn’t see a lot of time during games, do your best to make your other teammates better! Not giving your best effort is only cheating yourself and your team.

Being a good teammate means doing all of the little things.  Little things such as boxing out every time a shot goes up. All it takes is one person to not box out and the rest of the team (who did box), did that work for nothing- don’t let your teammates down. Go hard after a loose ball; don’t be afraid to dive on the floor! One possession can be the difference between winning and losing a game; a good teammate will sacrifice their body for a loose ball. Make good passes on offense! Making a good pass is crucial in executing your offense. Don’t make a sloppy pass that is hard to catch or a bad pass to your teammate that will put them in a bad position. Set good picks for your teammate. Give up your own shot if someone else has a better shot. The little things make a big difference in a game. If every member of the team acts as a good teammate and conquers the little things as an individual, the team will have a lot of success.

Have the right attitude on and off the court. Being a good teammate means you must respect yourself, your team and your program. Come to games and practices on time, well rested, and ready to go. Practice good sportsmanship, trash talking and dirty play will get you nowhere. Always play hard, play with class and with enthusiasm.  There are certain things in basketball that we cannot control- referees, the dynamics of the court, the ball you are using, and the gym you are playing in, the spectators, etc. Don’t let these things control the way you play! Play hard, play to win, and leave it all on the court!

Good Basketball Programs in Massachusetts!

It is very difficult to find a good, high quality basketball program in MA!

The key essentials to a great program is:

  • Good attention and focus on skill development
  • Limited group sizes
  • Good and positive coaching
  • Competitive top tiered teams
  • The ability for athletes to train at least four nights per week
  • Great organization
  • Responsible and professional coaches and program directors
  • Teaching the fundamentals of ball-handling, passing, shooting, layups, setting good screens, dribble moves, and much much more!

When you look for a program, make sure you consider these factors! A lot of programs in Massachusetts claim to be “ELITE”, however, they are simply about making money.

Each season, AAU and other programs host tryouts to create teams. For example, in January, February, and March programs in MA host tryouts for the spring season. In the spring, they put together teams to practice together and compete in weekend tournaments.

Do not trust a program where every player makes a team!

Do you really think that one practice per week for about 8 weeks will make your son/daughter a better basketball player?

Typically these AAU programs offer one practice per week, one skills and drills clinic per week, and 6-7 weekends of tournament play.

The programs that claim to be ELITE have some of the worst and poorly organized skill development clinics, so you can cancel the “one skills practice per week” out of the season’s equation.

Now you are left with one team practice and about 6 or 7 weekends of tournaments, where your son or daughter may get 5-10 ball touches in a given weekend.

Please tell me how that makes any sense for your young athlete?

If you see this happening in a program, then this is a sign that they are simply trying to make money of you and your child.

Every time should be competitive and hard to make. This keeps athletes practicing hard to continue to improve and get better for the next level.

Many basketball, AAU and other programs in the Massachusetts will create a team for almost every athlete that tries out. Now, how does that make sense?

If players are not that good, they need to practice their skills everyday and improve. They shouldn’t be rewarded by making a team…

So… make sure to be realistic and understand where your child is at in his/her development. If your son/daughter is just a beginner and they make an AAU team then you know it’s all about the money!

 For over 75% of youth athletes, playing on an AAU team is a waste of money and time.

If you want your money to go well spent, try Premier Hoops.

Premier Hoops offers top level skill development programs with a personalized coach to player ratio.

Our skill programs work players hard and kids see results!

We believe in a regimented skill training program, which gives the opportunity for our players to train up to five nights per week in a given season.

We know we have a good program because of the tremendous results we’ve seen in our athletes over the past four years!

…Train With The Best.

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Time Management of the Student Athlete


Time = life; therefore, waste your time and waste your life, or master your time and master your life. -
Alan Liken

Understanding the importance of managing your time well is one of the most valuable tools to success in life. The earlier that a child learns the right organizational skills, the easier it will be for them to excel in their academics, athletics, extra curricular activities and social life. It is important to understand that balancing everything on their plate by priority is key. It’s common for kids to rely on their parents to figure out their schedules with in-school activities and out of school activities. As a child gets older, it’s crucial for them to understand they have responsibilities and to start figuring out how to manage there time most effectively.

The life of a student athlete requires a lot of time and commitment at any level. Staying on top of how you manage your time is key to being successful in the classroom and on the court. We’ve outlined a few strategies that we’ve learned will make a weekly schedule work:

Don’t Over-Commit: One of the first steps to managing your time is by first being realistic to yourself and knowing your limits.  Once you know the schedule of your activities, the more organized you are, the better. These are skills that will remain extremely useful and valuable to you in your professional career.

Integrated Planning: Combining all of your schedules into one planner is much more effective than having multiple schedules. As soon as something comes up (assignment, test, practice, bus departure, recital, anything!) write it down so you can see it!

Using Time Wisely: Another effective way to manage your time well is to make good use of your time! If a snowstorm hits and school is cancelled, take that day to get ahead on your schoolwork!

Studying on the Bus: Athletics at any level require traveling and away trips are always fun, but taking advantage of the time on the road to study or start your homework will lower the load of work you have to do later!

Turn Off Electronics: Any electronic that isn’t being used for an assignment is a distraction. Turn off your cell phone, stay off social media, and stay away from the TV.  All of these devices lead to procrastination. Reward yourself upon completion of something with a little TV time.

Using these tips and staying on top of your schoolwork and your schedule will lead you to success as a student athlete and success in your professional career. Developing good habits at a young age will prepare you for the future! We hope this post provided you with some healthy inspiration to get into good habits!

“You can’t make up for lost time. You can only do better in the future.” – Ashley Ormon