The Shot That Is Free

The free throw line stands 15 feet from the basket.  It’s a psychological shot that has perplexed some of the best players in the game of basketball.  How can someone hit a shot while they are contorting their body with a hand in their face, and then struggle with a shot that is not defended?  When you go to the free throw line, the game stops, your heart stops.  Players come to a stand-still after running at full speed.  The eyes of every single fan in the gym are focused on you.  They expect you to make them.

Becoming a great free throw shooter starts with repetition.  No basketball player’s free throw shot is exactly the same, and we all have own little nuances.   The most important thing to remember is to do the same routine every time you step to the line.  Creating your own routine that works for you usually comes from time spent alone practicing at the park or in the gym.  There are some NBA players over the years who have had some of the most unique routines in recent history. 

Jason Kidd would blow a kiss to his child when he went to the line.  Karl Malone would murmur a phrase as he entered into his rhythm.  Richard Hamilton would bounce the ball in front of him and then take one bounce off to the side.  Jerry Stackhouse would almost sit on the ground before he took his shot!  Jeff Hornacek would touch his face to let his kids at home know he was thinking of them.  Steve Smith would tap a tattoo of his deceased mother on his arm.   Alonzo Mourning would rub his face with his sweatband in the same motion.   The charismatic Gilbert Arenas would loop the ball around his back multiple times.  In the old days, Rick Barry would even shoot underhand!

Check out this video below of some unique routines:

NBA Free Throw Routines

Below is a list of the top 20 statistical free throw % shooters in the history of the NBA.  Google some of their releases and routines and try to notice some of the same principles they all follow:

Members of the Hall of Fame are marked with an asterisk (*)

1.
.9043
2.
.9039
3.
.8948
4.
.8940
5.
.8939
6.
.8931
7.
.8916
8.
.8891
9.
.8877
10.
.8857
11.
.8831
12.
.8818
13.
.8785
14.
.8770
15.
.8758
16.
.8755
17.
.8732
18.
.8723
19.
.8717
20.
.8714

 

One thing to keep in mind, is that when you go the free throw line, relax!  Take a deep breath, or two, or three.  Try and blackout trash taking fans, opposing players, and coaches along with the pressure.  Imagine yourself back on the line alone in the park.  Relax.  Conduct your routine.  Bend your knees.  Stay aligned with the hoop.  Release.  Free throws are an often neglected part of basketball, but you never know when you will get fouled in the late stages of a game, and when you will calmly need to go the line and sink the shots which could help your team be victorious.    
Contributing writer Jasen Sousa for Premier Hoops is the author of a number of poetry and fiction books for young people.  Jasen has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and is a life-long participant and fan of the game of basketball.  

What Basketball Taught Me

What Basketball Taught Me

 

I spent many summers as a young boy playing baseball as it was the first sport I fell in love with. 

I was introduced to baseball from playing stickball at the local playgrounds.  For those of you who have never experienced stickball, there are different ways to play with different rules, but it is one of the coolest games ever invented!. 

There are many captivating things that come along with playing stickball, like acquiring a bat.  Acquiring a bat usually consisted of stealing a broom from your parents, cutting off the bottom, and covering both ends with duct tape.   Playing stickball in the city usually meant that you played in confined spaces surrounded by houses, cars, and random walking people.  As a young person, there was nothing like the adrenaline rush that came from smacking a monster shot over a large fence and hitting the window of a house, and of course getting extra points for breaking it. 

As I grew older, I became bored with organized baseball, and the speed and athletic ability which existed in basketball began to intrigue me.  

There was a kid who lived behind me, his name was Kenny, and he was considered the best basketball player in the neighborhood, even by the older kids who didn’t know anything about sports.    

He was a few years older than me, so when I finally reached the age where it was acceptable by young people laws to hang out with him, he introduced me to the game of basketball. 

The summer of 1992 was all about basketball.  The Dream Team was assembled and began putting on a show for the rest of the world.  The Chicago Bulls were on the verge of becoming a dynasty and Michael Jordan was everywhere  in the mainstream media.  Here in Boston, the Celtics had a rising star in Reggie Lewis as the Larry Bird Era was coming to an end.  There were also these cool new videogame systems like Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo, and they had these awesome basketball games like NBA Jam and NBA Live. 

Basketball just seemed like the thing to do, but I was terrible at it!

I lived directly across the street from an amazing single rim, rusty, one hoop court at Lexington Park.  My second floor bedroom window had a direct view of the court.  I could see whenever Kenny was there (this was before cell phones people!) and I could hear him bouncing the ball and I remember my heart starting to beat faster as the sound would get closer and closer. 

I had just finished 6th grade and my body was mush, like a human 5’3″ statue of Jell-o.   I didn’t have any power, strength or coordination to me at all.  My jump shot did not have any jump.  I didn’t leave the ground at all and while the ball started off in two hands, my shot consisted of me hurling the ball up to the rim, kind of like when I threw from the outfield to the infield.  I was pretty bad.

My friend Kenny taught me how to be good at something.  Basketball taught me how to be good at something.  I knew how good he was and I observed how he practiced.  Kenny and I spent countless hours on the court practicing in the rain, snow, heat, it didn’t matter.  It was like a full-time job.  We would wake up early in the morning and see everyone going to work.  We would stay until our stomachs started making weird noises, or until the afternoon sun got too brutal.  We would play a little NBA Jam, watch Bird, Jordan, and Magic in the Olympics, and we would be back out on the court deep into the night until one of the neighbors got sick of listening to the ball echo against their bedroom walls.   

As the days went on, my body, and my mind went through a remarkable transformation.  I dropped weight, gained muscle, learned how to have a pretty shot, and actually gained some pretty decent jumping ability.  I also gained confidence, purpose, and a sense of identity.  I knew who I was and I knew what I wanted to become.  No one was going to sidetrack or influence me to get into destructive behavior. 

By the time 7th grade came along, I was a different person and I will never forget the steps it took to inject change into my world.  I realized that no matter how bad I was at something, that if I wanted it bad enough, I could become better.  Even in the present day, I still use those same principles I learned as a young boy in my personal and professional life.  I feel as though there is nothing out there in the world that I can’t learn and become successful at, and that, is what basketball taught me. 

 

Contributing writer Jasen Sousa for Premier Hoops is the author of a number of poetry and fiction books for young people.  Jasen has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and is a life-long participant and fan of the game of basketball.  

 

Basketball Never Stops

Basketball Never Stops

 

NBA Summer League

The 2013-2014 NBA Season recently ended and the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.   Basketball is supposed to be done for the summer, right?  Wrong.

Personally, I greatly enjoy watching NBA Summer League.  The Orlando Summer League just concluded with the Philadelphia 76ers defeating the Memphis Grizzlies in the final.  The second edition of the NBA Summer League is currently underway in Las Vegas.

Not too many people travel to Las Vegas for basketball, but I have in the past and really enjoyed the intimate atmosphere where players, coaches, and executives can be sitting directly next to you.  NBA Summer League is like one giant audition for players, coaches, and officials.  Where else can you see Mark Cuban getting interviewed about Shark Tank on one end of the court, while on the other end, Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher (who is trying to impress as a coach) talk about what philosophical book they are going to make their players read this season?

Yes, the games can be sloppy at times as players are plucked from all over the world and placed on a team.  It shows the less glamorous side of professional athletes and the personal and professional sacrifices which have to be made in order to live out a dream. 

The games might not count as much when it comes to historical documentation, but don’t tell that to the journeymen have played basketball all around the world trying to make it onto an NBA roster.  Don’t  tell that to the draft picks who are hoping to cement minutes within their new team’s rotation, and don’t tell that to the NBA veterans who are trying to make it back onto a roster.  Particularly Brian Cook, who was on Orlando’s Summer League roster.  Brian Cook has been out of the NBA for two years to help take care of his wife as she battled cancer. 

To read a very interesting article about Brian Cook and his journey, please click on the link below:

Brian Cook

 

Summer League is also a way to discover players who are likely to have break-out seasons, and players who you will come to follow and support throughout the season because you admire and relate to their stories.  Trying to get an upper-hand in your fantasy basketball league?  Then you would know that Tim Hardaway Jr. of the New York Knicks, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope of the Detroit Pistons, James Ennis of the Miami Heat, and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks (“The Greek Freak”) are players who should be on your radar. 

The NBA Summer League is in full swing right now in Las Vegas, so make sure you check it out on NBA TV, through the NBA Summer League App, or by convincing your parents to take you on vacation to Las Vegas.    

WNBA

The WNBA, which is considered to be the most successful women’s professional sports league in history,  is currently in its 18th season.  Rookie Shoni Schimmel has this year’s top selling jersey and Skylar Diggins comes in second on the list. 

If you haven’t been watching WNBA games lately, check out Brittney Griner’s recent dunk!

 

Brittney Griner Slam Dunk!

 

 

The 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup

Football isn’t the only sport having a big tournament this summer.  Though it’s nowhere near as popular at the moment, The World Cup of Basketball is taking place in Spain from August 30th to September 14th.  Make sure to check it out and try and notice the different international rules!

 

Oh, and if you haven’t heard, this year’s NBA Free Agency has been crazy as some guy named LeBron James switched teams. 

 

Contributing writer Jasen Sousa for Premier Hoops is the author of a number of poetry and fiction books for young people.  Jasen has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and is a life-long participant and fan of the game of basketball.  

Basketball Summer Reading

Basketball Summer Reading

 

 

Whether you are reading for pleasure, or trying to fulfill the requirements of a summer reading list, there are a host of great basketball books that are sure to keep you turning the pages.

 

Qaddafi’s Point Guard by Alex Owumi is a memoir published in 2013 that does an amazing job of bridging basketball and real world problems.  Alex emigrated to the United States from Nigeria as a young boy and landed in Boston, MA.  The narrative jumps around from Alex’s younger days as an emerging athlete struggling to figure out sports and adolescence, to when he is playing professional basketball in Libya.  Young athletes in high school will find this book informative as Alex struggles to select the right college as a student athlete.  His mistakes are well documented along the way and gives insight to a young athlete’s thought process.  It’s also very cool to read about familiar landmarks in Boston as much of the book details Alex’s experience living in the Boston area.  Alex follows his dream to Libya to play professional basketball and finds himself in the middle of war and tragedy.  This book is a good reminder that when we find something we are passionate about in life, it’s important that we don’t give up on it, no matter how bleak and blurry the dream appears.

 

Another great basketball book to check out is Game by Walter Dean Myers. Game is a fictional book which tells the story of Drew, a high school basketball player in Harlem who has to adjust his game and his life when a European player joins the team and takes away some of his spotlight.  The best moments in the book are when Drew and his new teammate bring one another into their cultural worlds.

 

Other great basketball books to check out are:

 

The Basketball Diaries by Jim Carrol (It’s also a movie!)

 

Fall River Dreams by Bill Reynolds

 

Heaven Is A Playground by Rick Telander

 

The Last Shot by Darcy Frey

 

The Jump: Sebastian Telfair and the High Stakes Business of High School Basketball by Ian O’Connor

 

Remember, reading shouldn’t be something you feel like you have to do.  Try to find books that inspire you and books that you can relate to.  Reading helps so you can learn about the experiences of others and learn about different cultures.  Reading is also something which is relaxing and something which can help you focus before a game.  Lebron James frequently reads before big games to help relieve some of the stress that comes from having to perform at a high level on a regular basis.  Also, as you read some of these books about the game of basketball, think about journaling during your upcoming season.  You never know when your team is going to have a magical year.  Wouldn’t it be cool to document some of the experiences so others can read about you and your team’s journey?

 

Feel free to comment with some of your favorite basketball related reading material so we can all add them to our summer reading lists!

 

Contributing writer Jasen Sousa for Premier Hoops is the author of a number of poetry and fiction books for young people.  Jasen has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and is a life-long participant and fan of the game of basketball. 

Sun, Sweat, and Skills

A long season and a long school year has just recently concluded.  It is summer, and along with commitments to work, family, and friends, basketball will also play a large role in your summer plans.  Playing your fair share of actual basketball games either indoors or on the playgrounds to keep your game in rhythm is important.  However, what a lot of basketball players forget to do during the summer is work on and develop their game in unique ways which will better prepare them for a successful season.  Many of the top players in the NBA use the summer to add new moves and new exercise routines to their arsenals.

An alternative exercise which helps with flexibility and mobility is yoga.  Working on specific aspects of your game are also important.  Ball-handling drills can help when the opposition is putting pressure on you while dribbling up-court.  Shooting drills while taking thousands of shots from different areas and angles on the court will build confidence and help make you a scoring threat from anywhere on the floor.  Improving the overall strength on your body is important to not get stripped while driving down the lane, as well as being able to accept contact and complete a 3-point-play.

How about changing the mechanics of your shooting stroke?  It’s not a good idea to adjust your shot during the season as you will lack confidence in your shot and undoubtedly go through a shooting slump.  Maybe you need to add a new routine for when you shoot free throws?  Maybe you have a hitch in your shot that is always making you miss in a certain direction?  The summer is the time to take countless shots, by yourself, in order to gain confidence in your shot for the season.  When you get the ball in a crucial situation you don’t want to think about the mechanics of your shot, you want to catch and shoot in a natural motion and have confidence from the practice you put in during the summer, and not even think twice about letting it fly.

How about endurance?  The summer is a great time to really improve your conditioning to gain an edge during the season.  Many basketball players have told stories about jogging on the beach in order to gain increased jumping ability.  Be careful not to run during afternoon hours in the summer heat, but early morning and late night jogs can be a refreshing way to start or end your day and clear your mind.  Remember that having a mental advantage can also be a factor when competing, so try and stay in a positive space and balance your life with positive people as much as you can so you can stay motivated to exercise, work hard and improve both as a basketball player, and as a person.

This summer, don’t stress over how many teams you can beat, or for bragging rights on the playground, worry about taking care of the areas of your game which are often overlooked so when you are in the game during the season, you can succeed and know it was because of the work you put in during the summer.

 

Contributing writer Jasen Sousa for Premier Hoops is the author of a number of poetry and fiction books for young people.  Jasen has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and is a life-long participant and fan of the game of basketball. 

Best Shooting Tips and Drills for Baskeball

It takes hours and hours of practice and dedication to become a great shooter.

In this article, we will examine some of the key factors that separate good shooters from great ones.

Basic components that all great shooters share:

  • Preparation: All of the best shooters (high school, college, NBA) are always prepared to shoot. They always have their hands up and ready to receive a pass and they have great footwork to immediately be able to shoot the shot once they catch the pass.
  • Consistency: Great shooters have a consistent form and technique to shooting that they have developed from hours of practice. Muscle memory will play a big role when a player shoots a lot of shots from different spots on the court.
  • Shooting Form: The best shooters may not all shoot the same way, but there are a lot of similarities to their form:
    1) Finishing all shots with a follow through, elbow is above the eyebrow on all follow throughs, finger tips are slightly spread and pointed down to the floor
    2) Shooting elbow, shoulders, and feet are always square to the rim
    3) Guide hand point straight to the ceiling
    4) Knees and elbows move at the same speed (connectivity) to release the shot in one fluid motion

Knowing how to shoot and practicing the form will help a player improve his/her shooting, but this is just the first step to becoming a great shooter.

The next part of the article will outline some guidelines and drills that we like to use at Premier Hoops, which really separate the good shooters from the great ones.

Guidelines:

  • Start off close to the basket. Practice form-shooting and close range shots such as floaters to start all shooting workouts.
  • Add a “Pressure” variable to all shooting drills. When shooting under pressure, a player imitates game like situation and has to really focus to get through the drill. For example, for form-shooting and floaters, set a number of how many shots to hit in a row before being able to step back to the next spot. The number can be “5″; So, a player has to hit 5 shots in a row in order to be able to step back to the next spot.
  • Create competition in drills: When doing drills with your teammates, make a competition out of it. For example, who can make 5 shots first (below is a great partner/small group shooting drill from Coach Sean Miller that we use at Premier Hoops).
  • Do timed drills. By timing drills this players can track their progress and this also puts a pressure component into the situation.
  • Practice, practice, and practice! It takes a lot of misses and years before developing a great shot. The more hours you spend practicing your shot by yourself and then against others in games, the faster you will develop a great shot.

These are some great drills to do to become a great shooter:

1) “Beat the Pro” Drill

This is a great partner drill to improve shooting: Many professional basketball players use this drill to get a lot of shots up and to add pressure.

The shooter slides or curls from elbow to elbow. Every make is +1 and every miss is -2. If you hit +7 you win and if you hit -7 you lose.

Another example of this drill done by Ray Allen:


2) Great partner shooting drills
from Coach Sean Miller of Arizona, which we use at Premier Hoops workouts. These drills incorporate footwork, pressure, and competition.

3) 5 in a Row Shooting Drills
If you are looking to get up a ton of shots and put pressure on the line, then this is a great drill! This drill should take 45 minutes – 1 hour to complete.

Rules: Start from spot one and finish at spot 15.
-The shooter must make 5 shots in a row to move on the the next spot.
-Spots 1-5 are floater shots, spots 6-15 are jump or set shots.
-After 3 misses, the partner who is rebounding becomes the shooter.
-The first partner to hit 5 in a row from all the spots wins.

Visit www.premierhoopsters.com to learn more about Premier Hoops Basketball.

 

 

FREE Basketball Clinics in MA during June!

It is so important to work on your game in the off-season to be an elite player.

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “great players are born in the off-season” and this is very true!

Constantly practicing your skills and playing basketball over during the off-season is how you can make a big impact when it comes to the winter season.

Learning new drills and exercises can really help an athlete in his path to greatness.

Join Premier Hoops this month and try some free 2-hour basketball clinics throughout MA!

Local schools and parks and rec centers in MA are teaming up with Premier Hoops Basketball  to welcome all MIDDLE and HIGH SCHOOL athletes to join us for a free basketball skills clinic!

Encouraging all levels of players- whether you love playing basketball or have never played before!

We want to show you the techniques and skills to become a great player on your own!

To pre-register please fill out contact form (please specify which clinics your son/daughter will be attending): Premier Hoops Contact Form (CLICK HERE)

Peabody, MA – Monday, June 9

WHO: 5-12 Grade Boys and Girls

WHEN: Tuesday, June 9

6:00-8:00pm

WHERE: Basketball Gym located at Carroll School: 60 Northend St, Peabody, MA 01960

Lynn, MA – Tuesday, June 10

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WHO: 5-12 Grade Boys and Girls

WHEN: Tuesday, June 10

6:00-8:00pm

WHERE: Basketball Courts located at Gallagher Park: Ontario St, Lynn, MA 01905

Malden, MA – Wednesday, June 11

WHO: 5-12 Grade Boys and Girls

WHEN: Wednesday, June 11

6:00-8:00pm

WHERE: Basketball Courts located at Malden High School: 77 Salem St, Malden, MA 02148

Wuborn, MA – Monday, June 16

WHO: 5-12 Grade Boys and Girls

WHEN: Monday, June 16

6:00-8:00pm

WHERE: Basketball Courts located at Shamrock Elementary School, 60 Green Street, Woburn, MA 01801

Marblehead, MA – Tuesday, June 17

WHO: 2-8 Grade Boys and Girls

WHEN: Tuesday, June 17

6:00-8:00pm

WHERE: Basketball Courts located at Marblehead Rec Center 10 Humphrey Street, Marblehead, MA 01945

Bedford, MA – Friday, June 20

WHO: 5-12 Grade Boys and Girls

WHEN: Friday, June 20

3:00-5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Basketball Courts located at Bedford High School: 9 Mudge Way, Bedford, MA 01730

Cambridge, MA – Saturday, June 21

WHO: 5-12 Grade Boys and Girls

WHEN: Saturday, June 21

9:00-11:00am

WHERE: Gold Gym Basketball Courts located at The Shady Hill School, 56 Coolidge Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

 

“If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But 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.” – Michael Jordan

“4s” Summer Basketball Training 2014 Massachusetts!

Save 25% on all basketball workouts if you register before May 15!

ELITE 4S 8-Week Summer Training Program for basketball skill development!

With locations all over MA, middle and high school boys and girls can train on their skills and conditioning up to five days per week!

Athletes that come to these workouts are aspiring to play at the next level (high school and college).

WHO: Entering 5-12 Grade Boys and Girls

WHEN: July 6 – August 28

DURATION: 8 Weeks

WHERE: Billerica, Cambridge, Masco High (Boxford), Marblehead, Peabody

JCC – 4 Community Road, Marblehead, MA 01945
St. Val’s Church – 5 Paleologos Street, Peabody, MA 01960
Shady Hill School – 56 Coolidge Avenue, Cambridge, MA
Billerica Boys & Girls Club -19 Campbell Rd, Billerica, MA 01821 (Sundays)
Parker Elementary School – 52 River St, Billerica, MA 01821 (Thursdays)

 

     

 

  

Visit www.premierhoopsters.com to learn more about Premier Hoops!

 

What is Elite 4S 8-Week Summer Training?

The best basketball workouts in MA!

4S stands for speed, strength, stamina, and skills.

4S Summer Training is an ELITE basketball speed & agility / skill developmental programs in Massachusetts!

All Premier Hoops coaches are high experienced and many are high school and college coaches in MA.

2-hour long workouts!

  • 30 minutes of speed/agility
  • 45 minutes of skill development
  • 45 minutes of game-play

Practice shooting, ball-handling, passing, perimeter footwork and more in each workout!

All workouts are split by gender and skill level.

 

PRICING:

25% Off Sale until May 15, 2014!

Unlimited Workouts (40+ workouts in 8-weeks): $999.00  $749.25

Any 24 Workouts (3 x week regiment recommended): $799.00  $599.25

Any 16 Workouts (2 x week regimnet recommended: $575.00  $431.25

Any 8 Workouts (1 x week regiment recommended): $299.00  $224.25

 

Train up to five days per week in this 8-week program!!!

What will your child gain from Elite 4S?

  • Confidence
  • Stronger basketball fundamentals
  • The best basketball coaching in MA (click here and read about our coaches)
  • Having fun and making new friends is a big part of Premier Hoops
  • Knowledge of new drills to practice outside of Premier
  • Drastic improvement in skillsand endurance from 8-weeks of training

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 peform 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 4S!

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)

All workouts are split by gender and skill level.

Testimonials:

“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

 

Registration:

After registering, please fill out this form: Premier Hoops Contact Form (CLICK HERE)

If you are having trouble registering online, please mail payment directly to: Premier Hoops, 212 Humphrey Street Suite 205, Marblehead, MA 01945

St. Val’s Peabody 8-10am  8-10am       
Masco HS 11am-1pm  11am-1pm 
JCC Marblehead 4-6pm  5-7pm 
Shady Hill Cambridge 7-9pm  7-9pm 
Billerica 7-9 pm  7-9pm 

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 www.premierhoopsters.com 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.

Testimonials:

“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!!