AAU Basketball vs. Skills Training in MA Have you ever asked yourself the question: “What’s more important playing AAU Basketball or training on your skills?” This article will help parents and players answer this question by examining how the best players got to where they are at. First let’s examine the pros and cons of playing on an AAU Basketball Team: Pros: Team play. You will learn the “team concept” and “team skills.” Depending on the AAU program you are a part of you will get to have 1-2 team practices per week and with good coaching your child should …
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New Fall Basketball Teams in Mass [click here for the tryouts page] We are very excited to announce our new initiatives and plans for fall 2015 basketball teams. Important details about all fall basketball teams in MA: Premier is forming teams to practice and train together out of these different areas: North Shore, Southern NH, and South Shore. The fall season will start in early September and end in mid November. All basketball teams will be playing in either D1 or D2 divisions of tournament play and all tournaments will be conveniently located in Massachusetts or New Hampshire. *We have …
Are you ready for the best summer basketball camps in Mass? Our unique and diverse coaching staff will take your child’s game to the next level. If your son is a beginner or elite basketball player, we have summer basketball options for him or her! Look over some of our new summer basketball camps in Massachusetts below. Call 781-724-8125 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about any of the programs! Kiddie Hoops Marblehead This is a fun and developmental summer basketball camps in Ma for kids ages 3-7. The program meets once per week on Sundays from 11am-12pm …
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SPRING 2015 MOST IMPROVED PLAYER RECOGNITION
Chris Guyer, Class of 2022 (Georgetown, Ma)
“Beast on the Glass” Chris has made so much improvement during this spring season. Due to his hard work and dedication at skills workouts, Chris has averaged a double-double throughout the in-game portion of the season with points and rebounds. With continued commitment and practice, we believe that Chris has the potential to be a high school star, wherever he decides to go!
Michael Yentin, Class of 2022 (Beverly, Ma)
“Game-Changer” Michael brings out top performances in the biggest games. Michael is from Beverly, Ma and has been with Premier Hoops for slightly less than two years. This spring Michael has hit some big shots and made some big plays for the 5th grade team. He has worked very hard the past 12 weeks and has shown tremendous improvement in his defense and in-game endurance. Michael has the potential to become a high school and then play in college if he continues his dedication to the game.
Aoife Dalton, Class of 2021 (Manchester, Ma)
This is Aoife’s first season with Premier Hoops and her improvement has been incredible. Coming into the program she was still very new to the game and after twelve weeks we have seen her blossom. She has become much more confident with the ball (dribbling, passing, and shooting). She has also shown tremendous amount of hustle every practice and game for rebounds and has become a much better rebounder. Aoife has learned to stay under control and keep her hands up on defense. We believe that with continued practice, she has a ton of potential to play at the high school and college level.
Tatum Jobe, Class of 2021 (Manchester, Ma)
Tatum is a rising star on the North Shore. She is a leader by example. Every day she shows incredible effort and hard work at practice. We have seen a huge improvement in her ball-handling, passing, and finishing ability. She is always a leader in deflections and rebounds during the games. With continued work on her pull-up and mid-range shot, Tatum will be a huge threat to opposing team next year. She will also be a huge contributor to any high school that she decides to attend.
Anthony Bello, Class of 2021 (Lynn, Ma)
Anthony led the entire program in practice attendance this spring! Anthony also lost a significant amount of weight this spring (over ten pounds). We have seen tremendous improvement in his endurance, shooting, and ball-handling strength. He has demonstrated a lot of leadership when things were good and when things were bad. Anthony has a high basketball IQ and has a lot of potential to play at the high school and college level. With continued practice and discipline we see Anthony as a rising star on the North Shore.
Abdul Bah, Class of 2021 (Lynn, Ma)
Abdul Bah is a hidden secret with huge upside potential. Abdul is almost six feet tall and he led the 6th grade state team in rebounds throughout the entire spring season. He has shown great improvement in footwork and finishing moves around the rim. He is one of the best low post players in the North Shore for his grade and we see him playing at a very high level if he continues his work ethic.
Alexandra Turco, Class of 2020 (Peabody, Ma)
Look out for this girl in a couple of years. She has been improving every season with Premier Hoops and has made a bunch of big plays for the 7th grade girls’ team throughout the season. Alexandra is a leader in attendance at Premier and her improvement shows it. With the type of commitment Alex has for basketball she could one day be a varsity star at any high school she decides to attend.
Chloe Giordano, Class of 2020 (Revere, Ma)
Chloe has been with Premier Hoops for over two years. She is a tough and feisty guard (with very high basketball IQ), who continues to improve and make big plays on the court. Chloe’s finishing and ball-handling skills have significantly improved over the past season. She has also been a leader in practice attendance for the past two years at Premier Hoops. With continued work on her outside and mid-range shooting, Chloe will be a huge threat next season. Giordano has the potential of being a varsity all-star and college player one day if she continues her hard work and dedication.
Gabe D’Silva, Class of 2020 (Swampscott, Ma)
St. John’s Prep bound, Gabe D’Silva has been a high impact player the entire spring season for Premier Hoops 7th Grade State Team. He has been with Premier Hoops for over three years. Gabe went through a huge growth spurt this past year and he now stands over six feet tall. D’Silva has a very high basketball IQ and has developed great post moves and footwork, which will make him a huge threat next season. With continued work on his mid-range game, Gabe has the potential to play at a very high level. Look out for Gabe in the next several years as he will be a huge asset to St. John’s Prep in Danvers, Ma!
Olivia Dipietro, Class of 2019 (Salem, Ma)
Fenwick bound Dipietro has been with the Premier Hoops program for over three years now. She is one of the most dedicated players in our basketball program. Olivia is a natural leader and has seen good and bad seasons. One thing about Olivia is that she never gives up and always has a positive attitude. Her offensive skills have blossomed this season as she is averaging a double-double in points and rebounds. Olivia is a defense stopper and this fuels the entire team. Dipietro will have a big season for Bishop Fenwick High School next year!
Sheyla Mannon, Class of 2018 (Lynn, Ma)
This is Shey’s first year with Premier Hoops. She brings a lot of fire to the team. She sparks up the defense and offense. She had 18 points in a huge game for the 9thgrade state team this spring, where she put the team on her back and won the game. Shey has significantly improved her court presence and offensive skills throughout the season and we see her being an impact player at Lynn English High School next year!
Charlie “Ice” Derechmont, Class of 2018 (Lynn, Ma)
Charlie has been training with Premier Hoops for three years. We have seen tremendous improvement in his ball-handling and shooting skills. In the winter season, Charlie was moved up from the freshman team to JV team at Lynn English High School. During the spring, Charlie has played up a grade and averaged 10 points and 6 assists per game. Charlie has demonstrated a lot of leadership and hard work and he has a high potential of playing at the college level.
Matthew Scearbo, Class of 2018 (Georgetown, Ma)
Matthew has taken his game to another level in a short period of time. His hard work and dedication has resulted in an increase of endurance and basketball skill. Scearbo has average 3 steals and over 10 deflections per game, which has made him our “defense specialist”. Throughout the season, we like to put Matt on the best offensive player from the other team so that he can shut him down. We expect Matt to make a huge contribution to the Georgetown High School team next year.
Patrick Osgood, Class of 2017 (Topsfield, Ma)
Patrick is an up and coming star on the North Shore. He has shown an incredible growth in the past year with Premier Hoops in his defense and leadership as a point guard. He is a tough guard on offense because he can knock down the three-ball as well as drive and finish at the rim. Another dangerous part about Patrick’s game is his mid-range shot. He will outwork anybody on the court and will be an asset to the Masco Varsity Team next season and has the potential to play at the college level.
Ivenson Lopes, Class of 2017 (Lynn, Ma)
Ivenson has made a huge contribution to our basketball program. He is a rising star at Lynn English High. He has shown incredible growth as a defender and an offensive play maker this season. Ivenson average 18 points per game this season, including a couple 30 point performances. He has a unique ability to create contact and finish in the paint. With continued hard work and practice Ivenson has the potential to be North East League All-Star next season for Lynn English High School.
Trish Cheever, Class of 2016 (Revere, Ma)
“IQ” Cheever has made huge impact this spring season. Over the course of the past couple years, Trish has shown incredible growth in basketball skills and leadership. She has always been a leader in practice attendance, but this season she had to step up and play new positions on the court. She has shown a lot of confidence in bringing up the ball against pressure and running an offense. Cheever made huge plays for our team during the final stretch of the season. She will be a big part of Revere High’s success next year and has the potential to be a strong d3 college player.
HONORABLE MENTION AWARDS
These players are recognized by the Premier Hoops basketball program as putting in a significant amount of dedication and also improving a lot over the course of the Spring 2015 Season.
Isabella Turco, Class of 2023 (Peabody, Ma)
Morginn Kotchian, Class of 2023 (Peabody, Ma)
Gregory Keane, Class of 2023 (Nahant, Ma)
Erin Dow, Class of 2022 (Georgetown, Ma)
Krystal Zepaj, Class of 2022 (Peabody, Ma)
Owen Dorion, Class of 2022 (Dorchester, Ma)
Lily Athanas, Class of 2021 (Manchester, Ma)
Hattie Wilson, Class of 2021 (Manchester, Ma)
Cade Dones, Class of 2021 (Bradford, Ma)
Marvens Rosirus, Class of 2021 (Lynn, Ma)
Noah Osias, Class of 2021 (Salem, NH)
Kaitlyn O’Connell, Class of 2020 (Manchester, Ma)
Tia Bernard, Class of 2020 (Beverly, Ma)
Ely Guity, Class of 2018 (Salem, Ma)
Emily Fabre, Class of 2018 (Salem, Ma)
Colin Dow, Class of 2018 (Georgetown, Ma)
Premier Hoops was founded in 2010.
The mission of Premier Hoops is to train and nurture youth basketball players through conditioning and developing skills, while instilling the importance of setting goals, working hard, and being a good citizen.
Premier Hoops currently offers the following services:
- Private Lessons
- Small Group Lessons
- Year-round training program for all ages
- State basketball teams
- Consulting services: Free clinics, coach’s clinics, college recruiting and admission process
North Shore Region– with training facilities in Marblehead – Peabody- Danvers. Kids come to train from cities such as Lynn, Swampscott, Peabody, Saugus, Marblehead, Danvers, Nahant, Beverly, Manchester, Essex, Gloucester, and more.
South Shore Region – with practices locations in Cambridge, MA and Roxbury, MA. Many athletes are coming from these cities to train: Belmont, Lexington, Somerville, Arlington, Medford, Malden, Cambridge, Newton, Roxbury, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, Brookline, Hyde Park, Milton, Quincy, Boston, Dorchester and more.
Southern NH Region -with practice location in Methuen, MA and Billerica, MA. Thee places cater to players from Salem, Pelham, Methuen, Haverhill, Lawrence, Dracut, Andover, Reading, North Reading, Wilmington, North Andover and more.
Are you ready to work hard and play harder?
Our skill development program is unlike any other program in New England.
Over the course of the year, players, coaches and parents are able to track progress through MyPremierHoops.
Players get points for attending workouts and can see how they measure up to other players on the Leader board. They can also track their goals, connect with other players, and see drills we cover at practice.
Our coaches come from a diverse background. We have coaches who have played at the D1 and Professional level. We also have coaches who coached at the D1, D2 and D3 level. 90% of our coaches have both player varsity basketball in high school and then played at the college level. A handful of our coaches are currently coaching at the high school and youth level.
Combining these coaches and our award winning skills training program produces incredible results for our players.
All skills training programs and basketball teams are limited in size and are 0pen to kids of all ages and levels of play. We split players by gender, age and skill level to make the best training experience.
Spring: Mid-March through Mid-June
Spring is the longest season and focuses on developing all fundamental skills of our players.
The “10-Week Spring Skills Challenge” breaks down a diverse amount of fundamental drills for players to learn and practice. It is split into 2 to 3 week segments of drill focuses such as “finishing and lay-ups”, “shooting and footwork”, “passing and fast-break”, “ball-handling and dribble moves”.
The 10-week program also allows each player to come to “scrimmage nights” where they can put the drills they practice into action.
The pricing for this program is very flexible, because a player may choose to workout 1-5 times per week.
The “Premier League” is a weekly league that runs in conjunction with the training program. Players can choose to play in the league, train or do both.
Games are played once per league and teams are split evenly by skill level.
Their are three divisions in the Premier League: Junior 3-5 grade, Junior Elite 6-8 grade, Elite 9-12 grade.
The league is perfect for players who want to stay competitive, but cannot commit to a full season of team practices and weekend tournaments.
**Good 2nd grade players may be invited to play and players may be moved up and down in division based on skill level.
**Players from the training program and/or league may be called up to play for a State Select Team.
“Elite State Select Teams” practice together, train in the “10-Week Spring Skills Challenge”, have the option of playing in the “Premier League” and play in some of the best weekend tournaments in New England!
Premier carries teams for boys and girls 5th through 12th grade. Each team is paired with a former coach of that age group or a new coach who fits the mold of that team.
Try-outs go on during January, February and sometimes March (for high school players). Players will find out whether or not they made a team in mid-late February. High school players may find out later.
Team practices begin in early-mid march.
**Payment plans, financial aid and scholarship programs are available.
Summer: Mid-June through End-August
“Elite 4S 8-Week Training Program” is one of the best and toughest training programs in New England.
This program combines elite development in these for criteria: Speed, Strength, Stamina, and Skills.
Workout sessions in the program are two hours long and are split into 30 minutes of speed/agility, 45-60 minutes of skill specific training, and 30-45 minutes of competitive scrimmaging.
Results from steady commitment to this program have been tremendous.
Summer League Games: Players from our state teams and other competitive players are invited to play in summer league. Many of these players do the summer league in conjunction with “4S Elite Summer Training”.
Summer Basketball Camps are also run for elementary through middle school players. These are full day and week camps where parents can have their children play basketball and make new friends, while they are at work.
Fall: Early-September through Late November
The fall training program focuses on getting our players ready for the winter season.
The main focuses of the fall are conditioning, shooting and ball-handling workouts. We want to tighten up our players’ shape and skills so that they are ready for try-outs and to make an impact in the winter season.
“Elite Fall Pre-Season Training” starts in early September and goes until late November.
There are training programs for boys and girls of all age levels, which typically include skills work once per week and scrimmage games once per week.
“Elite State Basketball Teams” are back for the fall season and these teams practice together on plays and also train together in the “Pre-Season Training Program”. The fall season is shorter than the spring, therefore teams will play in less weekend tournaments.
Winter: Early-December through Early-March
The winter focus at Premier is more personalized than ever!
Private Lessons – Our coaches are busy doing customized private one-on-one and small group lessons with players. These really help players who are in-season because the skills we work on can really apply in their games. Click here to learn more about 1on1’s.
Individualized Winter Training – These are 8-10 week training programs at our different training locations. Most of the sessions are 90 minutes long and are a good mix of skills and scrimmaging. Locations currently include: Marblehead, Peabody, Methuen, and Cambridge.
Junior Premier League – This famous league is one of the most competitive and fun leagues for junior 7-10 year olds. The league is two hours long each night and is split into one hour of skill development and one hour of basketball team games. Everything is tracked and recorded online and leads up to a league playoffs in February!
All Girls Leagues & Clinics – These programs are focused on the development of beginner and intermediate female athletes (grade 2-7). The leagues include skill work, conditioning, and scrimmaging.
Kiddie Hoops – is a developmental program for 3-7 year olds. Mini basketball balls and hoops are used to teach toddlers the early skills of the game.
Vacation Clinics – Premier offers several vacation clinics, which allow parents to drop their kids off for a long period of time so that they can get work done and so that their kids can stay active during school break.
Some of these clinics include: “Winter Vacation Clinic”, “February Break Clinic”, “Low Post Camp”, “Point Guard Camp”, “Shooting Guard Camp”