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Basketball Training

Skills & Drills

Shooting Trainers/Shooting Clinics

Individual & Small Group Lessons

 

Pre-Season Workouts with Jermaine Wilson Sep-Oct 2016 :

  • Advanced Ball Handling drills
  • Shooting techniques
  • Reaction and Quickness Drills
  • Offensive Moves

Sessions on Thursdays from 6:00-7:30 starting September 15 and ending on October 27, 2015

Cost for 7 sessions is $170.  Pay-as-you-go rate  is $30/session.

Discounts:  2016 ITZ AAU players get $30 off

  • Sibling Discount:  Each sibling receives a $15 off
  • Register with a buddy and both receive a $10 off**
  • Register with 2 buddies and all 3 receive a $15 off**
  • Register with 3+buddies and all receive $20 off**

** to receive the Buddy discount, each person must list their Buddies on the registration form.   Discounts not available for pay-as-you go athletes.  Cannot combine multiple offers.

*To receive a discount, clinics must be paid for in advance.    Click here for flyer and registration form: preseason-trng2016

 

About the instructor:
Coach Wilson grew up in Chicago and moved into the Lehigh Valley while in high school. He attended Northampton Community College where he earned First Team All State honors. He had several Division 1 offers but injured his knee. After rehabilitation, he was headed overseas to play professionally but blew out his knee again. He has been Darrun Hilliard’s and Aaron Gray’s (Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Hornets) personal trainer for several years and has trained with several other NBA players including Luol Deng (Chicago Bulls, All-Pro).

 

FALL TRAINING LEAGUE 2016:  Overview

This fall, In the Zone will be running a basketball training league to help kids get ready for their winter season. The program will be held on Sundays from October 2 to October 30, 2016 between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.

Each Sunday the training program will consist of 60 minutes of skills training and 60 minutes of games.  The 60 minutes of skills training will focus on approximately 20 minutes of ball handling, 30 minutes of shooting and finishing and 10 minutes of footwork, agility and conditioning.

Each week the instructors will pick teams and these teams will play games against each other. Teams will be based on ability, age, physical size etc.

Ideally, this is how the program will develop: about 30 boys and 30 girls in grades 5-9 will enroll. The girls will train 11:00-1:00 one week and then 1:00-3:00 the next week.   The boys will have the opposite schedule: 1:00-3:00 one week, then 11:00-1:00 the next. After the 60 minutes of skills training, the 30 kids would be split into six-5 player teams: 3 younger teams and 3 older teams. Two of the younger teams will play an 8-10 minute game on one court while the 3rd team rests.   The same will happen on the other court with the older teams. After the first 8-10 minute game is over, one team will rest and the third team will play. This rotation will continue for the hour: play 2 games, rest one game.

Depending on the situation, some kids might double roster, some kids might play with the older group and the younger group, some kids might move from older to younger or younger to older week by week, some teams might have subs. The goal is to get 3 roughly competitive teams in each bracket each week.

Please Note: There will always be some disparity between players on a team: someone is always going to be the oldest on the team; someone is always going to be the youngest; someone is always going to be the best and someone is always going to be the weakest. If you have an issue with your child being the oldest player on a team or playing with kids that are younger (or vice versa), you might want to consider other options. We’ll place kids on teams that we feel will result in competitive games. We’re not going to place kids on teams because their parents want them to play up, etc.

By not having set teams and standings, the focus should be more on skill development and teaching rather than winning the game or the league title. No MVPs, no All-Stars just training.

Coaches and Trainers:  The coaches and trainers will be local HS/college players and In the Zone AAU coaches.

Referees:   Games will have 2  referees each.

Dates and Times*

Girls 5-9th grades:

Sunday, Oct 2 11:00-1:00

Sunday, Oct 9, 1:00-3:00

Sunday, Oct 16, 11:00-1:00

Sunday, Oct 23, 1:00-3:00

Sunday, Oct 30, 11:00-1:00

Boys 5-9th grades:

Sunday, Oct 2 1:00-3:00

Sunday, Oct 9, 11:00-1:00

Sunday, Oct 16, 1:00-3:00

Sunday, Oct 23, 11:00-1:00

Sunday, Oct 30, 1:00-3:00       *Times might change slightly if sign-ups warrant

 

Individual Registration:   Registration for this program is for individuals. You do not need a team to participate.   The registration fee for this program is $130. 2016 ITZ AAU players receive $30 off; fee is $130

Uniform Requirements.  Players need to have a blue/white reversible mesh jersey. If needed, one can be purchased for $15.

For a printable brochure with registration form click here:

Fall-league brochure16

Future Stars League (k-4), Winter 2016-17

In the Zone Basketball Club is conducting an instructional basketball program for boys and girls grades K-4th starting Nov 2 and continuing through Feb 25, 2017.

The primary focus of this program is to teach the fundamentals of basketball in a logical, sequential and technically accurate manner.

 This program will stress the fundamentals of the game.  If a player can’t dribble, pass, catch, shoot or play man-to-man defense, there is no sense running up and down the court trying to play games

Program Highlights

  • 2 practices/week.  One practice on Wednesdays 5:30-7:30 and one on Saturdays 4:00-6:00 pm (excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas  vacation times).
  • Wednesdays will focus on skills.  Saturdays will feature skills and games. We will; however,  work on individual skills throughout the entire program on both days.
  • Kids will be divided into ability groups, not age groups. These groups will change as kids demonstrate proficiency at the various levels and move through the program.
  • Kids will be promoted through the training program based on their mastery of certain skills (similar to the Belt system in martial arts)
  • The final stage and end goal is for each player to be proficient in all their individual and small group skills and be able to play full court games.
  • The emphasis during the games will be on instruction and learning—not on winning.  By de-emphasizing the score and playing in-house games (rather than pitting one organization against another), we can focus more on teaching, training and instructing.

Program Flow:

November will be devoted to individual skills such as ball handling, shooting, rebounding and 1 on 1 man-to-man defense. We will also cover basic rules of the game like, traveling, double dribble, personal fouls, 3 seconds etc.  On Saturdays we will play 1 on 1 games and “tournaments”.

December will be 2 on 2 month.  We’ll teach passing, pick and rolls, give and go’s, some basic offensive rotations, help defense, and off-ball rebounding.  On Saturdays, for those kids who are ready, we’ll  play half court 2 v 2 games.

January is 3 v 3 time.  Besides continuing to work on the all-important 2 man aspects of the game, the focus this month will be away screens, down screens, offensive rotations and help defense. And on Saturdays we’ll play half court 3 on 3 games.

February is full court game time.  Training will include transition offense and defense, backcourt rules, pressing, etc.  Everyone will receive instruction in game management (substitution procedures, jump balls, lining up for foul shots, etc) but only those kids that have demonstrated appropriate knowledge and skills will play full court games. Of course our goal is that everyone is trained to a point that they will be ready to play but that may not be the case.

The last 2 Saturday session in February will feature formal games complete with refs, fans and scoreboards.  These games will be the pinnacle of our program (similar to a dance recital or concert for those familiar with those programs)

Basketball Size and Basket Height: Most of the players will use an intermediate size (27.5”, #5) ball for this program.  Depending on the progress of the various groups, they might build up to a 28.5” (#6) size ball.  Most groups will start off with lower baskets (probably 8’) with the goal of building up to a standard 10’ basket as they progress through the training.  We feel it is more important that the kids demonstrate proper form on a lower basket than improper technique on a 10’ basket.

Frequently Asked Questions

 Why play 2 on 2 and 3 on 3? Both of these half-court formats stress fundamental basketball including pick and rolls, give and go’s and man to man defense.  Additionally by reducing the number of players on the court, individual touches and opportunities increase.  These small-sided games have been utilized in soccer for years.  Also, the “steal and lay-up” offense is eliminated and teams have to work in a fundamentally centric half court set to score.

Why In the Zone?  Our primary instructor and program developer has almost 15 years and thousands of hours coaching kids and teaching basketball.  Over the years, we’ve developed a training program and style that works.

How do I register and how much does it Cost?  You can register by completing the registration form included in  the printable brochure below and mailing with payment to In the Zone.  The registration fee for this program is $215 which includes 27 training sessions.  This works out to under $5.25/hour which is far less than activities like karate, mma, dance, gymnastics, etc.

For Printable brochure futurestars16broch