Dallas Basketball Camp

Dallas Basketball Camp

Pure Motivation presents…

Elite Guard Skill Camp

Featuring Prescott Mack

Ages 11 and up

Emphasizing weak hand ball handling, scoring with contact, avoiding bigger defenders, on ball defense, and running the break…

Cost $40

Date June 21st 5:30-8:30

@ Dallas Academy

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Become a Youth Basketball All Star

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How To Become a Dallas Youth Basketball All Star

Youth basketball players love to watch and admire great NBA players like Lebron, James, Lamarcus Aldridge and Kevin Durant. However, few know what it takes to perform like a great player. There’s a desire to be great without a good understanding of what it really takes to produce like one of the top guys. Let us help you connect your desire to your reality and give you the keys to becoming an All Star at your level of youth basketball.

Play with Confidence

Confidence is an intangible quality that is at the foundation of every great player. Confidence means not looking to teammates for validation before deciding to take a shot, make a drive, or call for the basketball. Confidence looks within for validation, not to others. One of the ways confidence can be built is by developing skills you can stand on with your basketball trainer. Confident players must be consistently confident, as that consistency allows teammates to begin recognizing you as a go-to player.

Know Your Basketball Strengths

Great players know exactly what they do well. Lebron knows that he is a great driver, so do you know where he takes most of his shots? He takes more than 50% of his shots within 10 feet of the basket, and he shoots at over 60% accuracy on these attempts. Stephen Curry, a skinny guard who happens to be one of the best shooters in the league, conversely takes over 70% of his shots from 10 feet and greater away from the basket. He shoots a good field good percentage from these distances, including 42% from the 3 point line, while taking minimal physical punishment to his body. Great players don’t waste extra energy trying to do things they don’t do well in games. They know their strengths and are more effective because of it.

 Play Aggressively

Every player who played in the 2014 NBA All Star game besides one averaged at least 15 points per game. Do you know what that means? It means that these players are aggressive offensively! It is one thing to be confident, and it is another thing to keep your aggressiveness level at an 8 or above for the entire game. Great players don’t let the misses bother them so much – they keep on firing and they stay aggressive at all times. Points and assists don’t grow on trees. You’ve got to take shots and attempt to make plays to go get them. This is what All Stars do.

 Fight Through Adversity

Players who play confidently, know their strengths and play aggressively aren’t guaranteed success. As a matter of fact, players who do these things often make themselves targets of opposing defenses, and that can make success tough sometimes. What separates “pretty good” players from All Star players is the ability to fight through adversity. A good player might lose confidence or aggressiveness if things aren’t going his way in a game. An All Star sticks with his approach even when things aren’t going well because he knows his team depends on him to be the player he is. And he also knows that the game isn’t over until the final buzzer sounds. Remember that All Stars in the NBA are consistent producers and for the most part lead winning teams. Things don’t go well for them every night, but they find a way to produce and consistently give their teams a fighting chance to win. If All Star players didn’t fight through adversity and continue to play for the win, we wouldn’t see the comebacks and game winning shots that we do.

If you want to be an All Star player, take hold of these concepts. Get with your trainer, continue to work hard and show that confidence, aggressiveness, self-awareness and fight every time you step out on the basketball court!




Dallas Youth Basketball Tips To Develop Into A Winner

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Tips for Winning In Dallas Youth Basketball & Life

Dallas Youth Basketball is a fun game. It allows for so much creativity and a showcase of various skills. But basketball is also a competitive sport, one that pits two teams against each other to determine a clear winner. The beauty of the game is merging talent, skills and teamwork together to gain a victory over the other team. That being said, the game is won and lost on more than just skills. Here are some tips for being a winning basketball player every time you play.

Take Pride in Your Basketball Performance & Effort

This is something kids playing youth basketball all need to learn. Although you should truly be loose and free playing the game, know that how you perform while on the floor affects the outcome of the game. So you need to take pride in how you perform. Personal pride in your own performance can have more affect on your game than a coach’s instructions. For example, if the man you are guarding has scored on you a couple of times in a row, personal pride is going to make sure you start locking in, giving a greater effort and playing more soundly the next time he tries to score on you. This sense of personal pride will carry more weight to you than your coach barking instructions to you from the sidelines. And this type of attitude breeds winning. On the other hand, a player with no personal pride would not make the necessary effort to tighten up on defense no matter how much the coach instructs him to do so. A player like this is not playing winning basketball.

Don’t Be Discouraged by Failure

Youth basketball games range anywhere from 24-40 minutes in duration. That’s a long time running, jumping, shooting and rebounding. There are ebbs and slows throughout the game. If things are not going well at a certain point, do not get discouraged. There’s still time on the clock to turn it around because the game is not over until the final buzzer sounds. This can be hard for young players to understand, as sometimes getting scored on a couple of times or missing a couple of shots can cause them to lose confidence. But keep fighting. There have been so many epic comebacks in the game of basketball because a team kept fighting and believing. And remember, if you are playing discouraged basketball, you are doing the other team’s work for them. Don’t help them in their cause to beat you down. Keep putting pressure on the other team by fighting until the final buzzer.

Be Selfless On & Off The Court

Selfless players and teams are winning players and teams. Selfish players do things that hinder winning. Being selfless means doing little things like passing to the open man and encouraging teammates. After all, if the goal is winning you want your teammates to stay encouraged the entire game. Passing to an open teammate when you feel like you want to try to score may cause you to lose out on a shot attempt, but winning players don’t let personal stats get in the way of team success. In actuality good stats have a funny way of following winning players.

Be Fearless

An important aspect of winning in basketball competition is being fearless. You don’t want to be the type of player who looks good in practices and drills, but when it comes to games you all of a sudden freeze up. If you’re known as a shooter, in games your team needs you to shoot. If you’re a good driver and scorer, in games your team needs that from you. In competitive basketball, you can’t consistently win if you’re not giving it your all. You can practice being fearless by being aggressive at the beginning of games when you are nervous. Eventually the nerves will go away and you can focus on using your skills and talent to help your team win. Being fearless is VERY important in winning basketball, so learn to develop this quality now.

Competition, whether it is in basketball or anything else, is about playing to win. Along with developing your physical skills, work on developing a winning attitude towards the game of basketball. That includes implementing the tips here, along with some others. Get with your local basketball trainer today to help you with that development. We can’t wait to see you out there playing to win your Dallas Youth Basketball games.



Dallas Youth Basketball: Watch Blake Griffin

Dallas Youth Basketball Blake Griffin

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin is one of the most exciting players in the NBA.  After becoming the 1st overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, Blake has been an All Star every year he has played and has invited numerous players to be unwilling co-stars in his personal highlight reels.  Blake has been known as an exciting dunker, but has actually blossomed into a good overall player.  He has grown from someone to be admired for his athleticism to someone to be studied for how he plays game.  Young forwards looking to grow their game can learn from Blake Griffin.  Let’s talk about what you can takeaway from his game.

Train To Hustle

What first jumps off the screen when you watch Blake Griffin is how hard he plays.  Blake’s motor is turned up all game.  He’s diving for loose balls, rebounding, running to the rim and taking charges the entire time he is on the floor.  We know Blake for the highlights dunks, but how do you think he is getting those dunks?  He runs the floor and gets out in transition all game long.  Blake rebounds well for his position, averaging 10 rebounds per game for his career thus far.  10 rebounds is a benchmark for elite rebounding for big men.  Blake is considered to have a disadvantage because he has shorter-than-average arms for an NBA power forward, but because of his motor he still gets the job done.  And like I mentioned, when he is not on the glass he is out and running, racking up exciting hustle points for his team

Train For Contact

Blake Griffin uses his body well to finish at the rim.  This ability all but cancels out his shorter-than-average arms, although he does get his shot blocked from time to time by longer defenders.  During the 2013-2014 season, Blake averaged 8.4 free throw attempts per game and finished second in the NBA in total free throw attempts.  He was second only to NBA scoring leader and MVP Kevin Durant.  When you watch Blake, watch him finish at the rim when he is not dunking.  You can pick up some things you may be able to incorporate into your game.  Notice how quick he gets off the floor, and his body control.  Also take note that Blake shoots over 70% from the free throw line, which is pretty good for a big man.  Blake scored 6 points per game from the free throw line alone.  Here is a good article to train for contact:  http://basketballtrainer.com/basketball-training-for-contact/

Train For  Face-Up Jump Shot Excellence

As is the case with a lot of great athletes, Blake Griffin didn’t come into the league with a great jump shot.  He came into the league getting to and finishing at the rim at a high rate.  Which was and is outstanding.  But as defenses started to play him for the drive and back off of him, it became clear that he needed to be able to shoot the ball from 16-20 feet if he was going to remain as highly effective.  In the 2013-2014 season he finally started to show a willingness to shoot the “Karl Malone” (kids, look him up) jumpshot from 16 feet and out.  He raised his scoring average from the previous year by 6 points and recorded a new career high in that department.  The great thing about him being willing to shoot that jumpshot is that it didn’t change who he is as a player.  It just “opened his game up”.  Blake is still dunking and getting to the rim as much as he ever was, but now he is just a threat in an additional area.  If you young athletic players could develop this shot, it would help your game immensely.

Develop A Pick-and-Roll & Go-To Move

Blake has simplified the game for himself.  He scores points every night off of offensive rebounds (he grabs 2 offensive boards per game) and running in transition.  In addition to that, he has also become adept at running the pick and roll with his All Star point guard teammate Chris Paul.  The pick and roll can be a tough skill for you young big men to learn, but once you get it, you can add more easy points to your scoring total.  Watch how Blake sets a screen and makes a hard roll to the basket.  He’s such a threat rolling to the rim that defenses have to rotate to account for him or give up an alley-oop dunk.  That extra defensive attention sometimes gets his teammates open as well.  So let’s break that down – offensive rebounding, running in transition and finishing on the pick and roll.  That’s three “passive” ways that Blake scores points.  That’s great.  He’s not calling for the ball all game and stalling his team’s offense.  He’s being effective without that.  BUT, the times when he does get the ball in an isolation post-up or face-up situation, Blake has a go-to move.  He likes the spin move.  Watch him work.  He’s effective at using his quickness to get an initial step, and then he spins hard for the layup or dunk attempt at the rim.  A lot of times this results in 2 points or 2 free throw attempts for Blake.  And since Blake is shooting 74% at the rim and 72% at the free throw line, it’s smart that his go-to move involves him attacking the basket.

I’m a fan of Blake Griffin; can you tell?  There are a lot of positive things you can take away from his game.  Whether it’s his motor, the way he finishes strong at the rim, his face-up jumpshot, his pick and roll game or his go-to move, the next time you watch Blake Griffin, study what he is doing and see if you can identify something to add to your game.  If you see something you like, contact your local basketball trainer to help you develop that desired skill.  We can’t wait to see you looking more and more like an NBA All Star!



Basketball Training To Score 20ppg

Basketball Offensive Training

Do you think you’ve got what it takes to score 20 points in a Dallas youth basketball game?  Do you think you’ve got what it takes to average 20 points per game?

When you break it down, scoring 20 points per game doesn’t sound so hard.  After all, it’s only 5 points per quarter.  Right?  But in the NBA, where the most skilled offensive players in the world play (with 12 minute quarters nonetheless), in the 2013-2014 season there were only 19 players who averaged 20 points per game or more.  Scoring 20 points per game is really hard and it takes a lot of skill to do.

If you even think you want to average 20 points per game, you’ve got to know what it takes.  Let’s briefly talk about what it takes to be a 20 point per game scorer.

Basketball Training Offensive Expectation and Consistency

Looking at the 19 NBA 20 PPG scorers, 17 of them were drafted in the Top 10 picks of the NBA draft the year they entered the league.  So what does that mean?  It means that these players were expected to be good.  They were expected to score and to be really good players, and for the most part it is not a surprise that they are averaging 20 PPG.  How does this relate to you?  Well at your school, or on your club team, you must put teammates and coaches on notice that you are a very good player, and in fact probably THE best player on your team.  This means showing that in the offseason, at open run sessions, and in practices.  You have to consistently show that you are one of the best offensive options for your team.  This means having your skills sharp, being aggressive to score and being willing to miss shots and fail half the time.  Remember, there will be at most two 20 PPG scorers on your team.  And remember that the best players miss about half their shots, so you have to be willing to fail to succeed.  The coach is only drawing up plays for where/who he believes give his team the best chance to score points, so you’ve got to stand out consistently even before the games start.

Train To Build Go-To Skill Sets

Look again at the list of 20 PPG scorers.  For almost all of them I can immediately identify how they generally score their points.  Durant – shooting.  Carmelo – 1-on-1 from the wing and in the post.  Lebron – driving and transition.  The list goes on.  Do you know how you’re going to score your points?  Do you have an identifiable offensive skill set?  If you do not, you need to figure out what you do best and refine those skills.  Remember that organized basketball is not the same as pickup ball.  Everybody can’t just do whatever they want.  The coach is going to put the ball in the hands of those who can handle and create plays.  He is going to draw up plays to get guys open who can catch-and-shoot.  He is going to isolate 1-on-1 scorers in the spots they like to receive the ball.  If you are just “talented” and don’t have a refined offensive skill set, it will be hard for the coach to draw up plays for you and by extension harder for your to get your 20 point average.

Train For A High Free Throw Percentage

Great scorers get extra points at the free throw line.  In the NBA, the average amount of free throws made for 20 PPG scorers is close to 6.  That’s makes, not attempts.  So think about attempting about 8 free throws a game.  To do that, that means you must be intentional about getting to the rim, because that is where most shooting fouls occur.  You also must be adept at drawing and absorbing contact, instead of avoiding it or routinely getting your shot blocked.  This is an important skill, and a lot of good players don’t have it.  If you can live at the free throw line, you can add crucial points to your scoring average.  The ability to get to and convert at the free throw line can be the difference between a 15 PPG scorer and a 20 PPG scorer.

Basketball Training For A Killer Mentality

I briefly touched on this earlier, but 20 PPG scorers can’t be afraid to fail.  20 PPG scorers in the NBA are taking anywhere between 13 and 21 shot attempts per game.  And that doesn’t include shots on which they are fouled and don’t make the shot.  These guys are shooting a lot.  And you must too if you want to score.  A lot of players look for “perfect” shot opportunities before they will shoot, where they are almost wide open.  Well, as a known scorer you are not going to get wide open a whole bunch.  You have to be willing to go create your own shot and create something out of nothing.  You also can’t let a couple of misses to cause you to stop shooting.  The misses rack up for 20 PPG scorers, that’s just the nature of the job.  But 20 PPG scorers don’t let the misses change their scoring mentality.

Scoring 20 PPG is a goal a lot of you may have.  After seeing what it takes to get it done, are you still up for the challenge?  If you are, contact your local Dallas basketball trainer today to help you get your overall skills, go-to skill set, free throws and scoring mentality up to par with the best scorers in basketball.  We can’t wait to see you racking up the points.  If you are looking to find a basketball trainer outside of Dallas, check out www.basketballtrainer.com.

Keep Dallas Youth Basketball Fun

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I love the game of basketball, I really do.  And if you ask me why, I really couldn’t tell you.  It’s just as much a part of me as my name.  And I’ve loved the game since I picked the ball up at the age of 10.  With loving the game comes the desire to play the game in an organized setting.  Youth rec league ball, middle school ball, high school basketball, club ball – all things kids do (or desire to do) who love the game.  But as you continue to go up in levels, the game of basketball seems to get more and more serious.  Kids playing high level high school and college ball can start to look at the game as a job.  This makes sense with the amount of time required and how seemingly serious winning and losing becomes.  I’ve known guys who were very good high school and college players who have “burned out” on the game and lost the desire to play completely.  We know about a guy in college who had a shot at the NBA but decided he was done playing organized basketball.  You read that right.  Turning down the chance at the NBA may sound crazy, but when you lose the love and excitement for the game you can get to the point of simply not wanting to play anymore.

Keep Dallas Youth Basketball Fun!

I want you and all Dallas youth basketball players to continue loving and growing with the great game of basketball for as long as you can, so I want to talk about some ways to keep basketball fun regardless of what level organized ball you are playing.


Keep Basketball Dreaming 

When I was a kid, I used to go outside or go down to the park and just shoot the basketball around by myself.  I wouldn’t just shoot around haphazardly, but I would put myself in imaginary scenarios.  For instance, sometimes I was playing in Game 7 of the NBA Finals and would be taking the shot to win the game and the series.  Sometimes I would dream about playing high school Varsity basketball and beating my rival school.  Sometimes I was playing a one-on-one battle with my favorite NBA player.  I could get lost in my imagination on the court for hours.  And you know what, I still do that sometimes today, just not as often as I used to.  Dreaming out on the basketball court is an underrated way to keep having fun with the game.  It is not only fun, but helps to train your brain for when that moment does arrive in a game.


Play Basketball With Your Friends

As you get to higher and higher levels of organized basketball, you start playing with better and better players.  Coaches put teams together largely based on skills.  You can get to the point where you are playing with guys you’ve never played with before, and the only things you all have in common is that you’re both pretty good at what you do.  But before, even during, and after your basketball season take some time out to go play basketball with your friends, whether they are on the team or not.  Whether it’s games of 21, games of 3-on-3, or going down to the local gym to play pickup, playing ball with your friends is always really fun!  Take it from me, somebody who has played up to the college level.  Playing with your friends will create stories you can laugh and joke about forever.  And, if you guys are playing together as a team, you’ll usually have good chemistry, which also contributes to a better playing experience.  Even today, when I am playing pickup ball or rec league ball, I don’t choose the most skilled players to play on my team – I choose to play with my buddies.  It’s just more fun that way.  For those of you spending time in the gym with a basketball trainer, see if you can make new friends or invite your friends to the workout.


Find Your Own Space 

A lot of times players will be asked by their coaches to do things they’re not used to doing for the betterment of the team.  For instance, your coach might ask you to play a different position than what you’re used to.  He may tell you he wants you to only play defense and rebound, even when you know you can do more.  He may also only put you in for a couple minutes per game because he thinks other players give him a better chance to win.  Well, no matter what role you play on your organized team, go find a space where you can go be yourself as a basketball player.  In my basketball life this helped me a lot.  In college, I was asked to play a different position than I had ever played before.  I also didn’t play as much as I did in high school.  So do you know what I would do?  After practice I would go down to the student rec center and play more basketball.  But I would play it my way, at my natural position.  This kept my confidence high and it kept me having fun.  One time one of my teammates went down to the rec center with me and he came back and told my teammates “Man, he’s the Kobe Bryant of the gym!”  It was great fun for me to still find a space to play the game the way that I loved to play it.


Whatever level of basketball you’re playing, remember that basketball is the game that you love to play.  The longer you play, the more opportunity there is for the organized game to take twists and turns you might not like.  Make an effort to keep the game fun and remind yourself why you love this game.  Don’t allow a coach, teammate or situation to steal your joy for the game.  Always remember to find a way to keep basketball training fun!

Dallas Basketball Superhero Profile: Dirk Nowitzki

Basketball Superpower- Dirk Nowitzki

Basketball Superhero Profile: Dirk Nowitzki

Cue the Superman theme song.  There has been a basketball superhero sighting…and his name is Dirk Nowitzki! 

In basketball, every player has a superpower.  One player may be a lights out catch-and-shoot player from the 3 point line.  That’s his superpower.  One player might have excellent court vision and can make passes that no one else can.  That’s his superpower.  It sometimes takes a while, but eventually good players figure out what they are very good at and they use their superpower to have a great impact on the game.  Do you know what your superpower is?

Dirk Nowitzki has figured out his superpower and he has used it to be highly effective throughout a long and legendary career.  Here’s a profile on everybody’s favorite 7 foot German basketball star.

Name: Dirk Nowitzki

Height: 7’0”

Position: Power Forward

Awards and Accolades: 12x NBA All Star, 12x All NBA Team, 2007 NBA MVP, 2011 NBA Champion, 2011 NBA Finals MVP, Top 10 All Time NBA in Points Scored

Superpower: Jump-Shooting

Dirk Nowitzki is considered one of the best shooters in NBA history.  At 7 foot tall, there has never been a player his size who is a better shooter.  You can imagine how hard it is to block a 7 footer’s shot as well.  In the history of the NBA, there have only been 6 players who have shot “50-40-90” in an NBA season.  50-40-90 refers to shooting 50% from the field, 40% from the 3 point line, and 90% from the free throw line; these marks are considered benchmarks of elite shooting.  Dirk Nowitzki is one of the 6 players to go 50-40-90 for an entire season.  In addition to being an all-around great shooter, Dirk Nowitzki’s one-legged fadeaway jump shot is considered one of the toughest shots in NBA history to defend.  Dirk utilizes this move in the low and mid post to drive defenders crazy and rack up the points.

 Superhero Moment: 2011 NBA Playoffs

Dirk Nowitzki lead his Dallas Mavericks team to a sweep of the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the playoffs.  This was an upset victory.  Dirk also played excellently in the Western Conference Finals against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder to get to the Finals.  He set the tone in that series by scoring 48 points in a hard-fought Game 1.  I watched his performance in awe of how effective he was.  In the Finals, Dirk was matched up against the Miami heat and their 3-headed monster of Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.  To many people beating the Heat seemed like too tough a task for the Mavericks.  But the Mavericks rose to the occasion and Dirk lead the charge.  The Mavericks lost Game 1 on the road, but Dirk lead them to a come-from-behind 2 point victory in Game 2.  The Mavericks beat the Heat in 6 games, and Dirk displayed late-game heroics in multiple games, something he had been criticized for not doing throughout much of his career.  Dirk averaged 26 points and 10 rebounds in the Finals, and took home the Bill Russell Finals MVP trophy.  His performance was legendary and cemented his status as a basketball superhero.

Superhero Legacy: A Champion

Dirk Nowitzki will be remembered for taking a legendary skill and making it pay huge dividends for his team.  During Dirk’s time in Dallas, the Mavericks won at least 50 (out of 82) games for an incredible 11 straight seasons.  The team has been a championship contender for most of his time there.  Dirk also showed great growth and mental toughness to become the legend we know and love him for.  The Mavericks suffered years of playoff disappointments (including a Finals loss to the Heat in 2006) and Dirk was dogged for not being good and tough enough to deliver a championship.  But Dirk persevered, becoming physically and mentally tougher over time, and eventually delivered the city of Dallas it’s first ever NBA championship in his 13th season with the team.  Dirk Nowitzki is truly a basketball superhero, and he shows you just how far you can go with your basketball superpower.

What is your basketball superpower?

How far will you go with yours?

We look forward to helping you discover and hone your basketball superpower in one of our Dallas basketball training sessions.  If you live outside of Dallas, connect with a great basketball trainer at http://basketballtrainer.com/





A Laker Attitude


Dallas Youth Basketball and AttitudeESPN can’t get enough of the disaster taking place before our eyes that is the star powered Lakers. It doesn’t take a basketball genius to see that lack of talent is not the problem for the Lakers, but instead team chemistry. Some of the blame can certainly be put on the coach, Mike D”Antoni, who has proved ineffective in bringing this dream team together. However, the attitudes of the players incur just as much blame as D’Antoni in my eyes.

Having been part of many different teams, I am staunch supporter of positive environments and see no arguments for anything else. When team-mates are positive to each other the game becomes fun and when the game becomes fun players are more comfortable which in turn makes them play better and leads to more success overall. When I watch the Lakers I don’t see a positive environment.

Kobe Bryant is a great player but his leadership on the floor has bothered me for years. Much has be made about how this time around Bryant is staying calm and patient, demonstrating his maturity and want to lead. This to me sounds like the only thing he is doing is rising above extraodinarily low expectations. That he is not throwing a fit is not reason for praise.

I understand that he is basically an assistant coach during games as he is constantly taking younger players aside and giving direction or instruction and this definitely counts as a form of leadership. What I don’t ever see, and what is the most important part of being a leader, is Bryant encouraging his teammates after they make mistakes. When he throws a pass that is dropped by Gasol, never have seen Bryant giving any sort of positive re-enforcement. If a player wants to be a leader he needs to help his teammates be the best players they can be. To do this they need to be comfortable. I would advise Bryant to go so far as to take responsibility for things that weren’t his fault because that is what leaders do. When we talk about great quarterbacks, the leaders on the football field, we always appreciate how after a loss, regardless of their own play, they take full responsibility for the whole team or at least the offense. We expect this sort of responsibility in football so why no on the hardwood?

This sort of attitude where the answer is “ wasn’t my fault” is seeping into youth basketball. More and more we see kids outright blaming teammates during games. This certainly leads to young players being afraid to make mistakes and when your afraid to make mistakes your not going to be playing basketball at a very high level. We should be training young players to be encouraging each other. I am not blaming the attitudes of middle-school kids on Kobe Bryant, but I think he is a prime basketball lesson of how you have to have chemistry between players at all levels no matter what the talent level is.


Basketball Fundamentals: The Power Lay-up

layups and basketball trainingWhatever the first thing was you were taught in basketball it is safe to say that a lay-up was not far behind. Kids all across the country, including Dallas Youth Basketball Players, have and will continue to learn about the ability to take two steps in basketball that allows you to shoot without having to stop your forward momentum. The lay-up is also where the idea of having to use both hands is introduced, a skill that of course is seen in all parts of the game.

The reason this shot is taught early in a players development is that is so common and so useful along with being an extremely high-percentage shot. Today’s news is that the lay-up works. As young player develops it is important for them to continue developing this shot as well. This can come in the forms of reverses, finger-rolls and different release points, but one of the most important things that can be added to a lay-up is power. This may sound obvious at first but there is a huge difference between a lay-up with and without “power”.

What turns a lay-up into a power lay-up? Probably not basketball lessons with Dad in the driveway.  The first thing is to bring your knee all the way up so that you have the ability to take quite a bit of contact. This is not in an effort to hurt an opponent but instead simply send the message that you are in attack mode and nothing with any sense is getting in your way. The second is speed and explosiveness. A power lay-up has as much momentum as possible in two directions, straight ahead and vertically. A tip for developing this momentum is to pound your last dribble before taking off. This helps players to gather and explode up as well as decreasing the possibility of getting stripped. When a player shoots a power lay-up he or she needs to have a mind-set that goes along with the physical traits previously mentioned. He or she has to WANT to attack. They have to want contact. When this mindset and the mastering of physical movements, the power lay-up can become a staple of any players game and used with great success.   Character Prep helps not only with the physical techniques in mastering power layups- but also the mental aspects of being an attacking player.   Dallas Basketball Training at it’s finest.


Dallas Youth Basketball Rebounding


6 Steps To Boost Your Rebounding Average


Maybe you’re not blessed with superior height or you can’t jump out of the gym, but you know you could be getting more rebounds. Your coach keeps telling you that rebounding is the key to games and you have to win the war on the backboards. There are 6 things that any basketball player can do to improve their rebounding numbers, both on the offensive and defensive backboards.


  1. Get physical — make body contact. Contrary to popular belief, basketball is a physical game and quite often can get nasty. The key to a good rebounder is the ability to find your opponent and make body contact. For young players this might take some getting used to, but the ones that will take that step early on will only help as you play at higher levels.
  2. Learn to pivot on balance. In the low post most coaches talk about being able to reverse pivot when trying to get a defensive rebound and front pivots are most common for guards trying to block out the opposition on the perimeter. In either scenario, you must be able to make contact and pivot on balance.
  3. Move your feet. Not very often will your opponent stand in one place when a shot goes up — at least the good ones don’t. Therefore, as the offensive player is maneuvering to get an offensive rebound, you as the defender must be able to move side to side and keep them from getting to the ball first.
  4. Watch the flight of the ball. This is a tough one for young players, but if you can learn to develop this skill you will see your numbers rise dramatically. Often times, players will look down or back to find their defender when a shot goes up — and lose sight of the ball. Players that can pivot, stay on balance, FEEL the offensive player without having to look for him and watch the ball as it approaches the rim will have a better chance of being first to the basketball.
  5. Anticipate where the ball is coming off the rim. This definitely takes some practice and a skill that can be developed as you are practicing shooting with a friend or a teammate. But the key here is to be able to anticipate where the ball is going to come off the rim or the backboard once the shot is missed. The better you can get at figuring out if the shot is going to be short or long will increase your chances of getting more rebounds.
  6. Attack the ball with 2 hands — be relentless. The first five steps are “technical” things to help with your rebounding, but this last step has everything to do with effort and might be the most important. The player that has the most “want to” will often times win the ball. And the key here is to go after it with two hands. Too many times players try and get a rebound with one hand and get it poked away. If you can learn to go after each ball with two hands with more aggressiveness, your rebounding numbers will surely increase.