Raleigh Basketball Training Philosophy
Born Winner Basketball is a training program designed to help strengthen the development of beginner to elite basketball players. We help players identify their strengths and weaknesses both on and off the court. Once players are assessed, we design a curriculum that enhances their strengths and weaknesses. Our goal is to create a plan of success that will progressively build a skill set that frames a player’s basketball identity.
Every coach has a different style of coaching and different style of play. Our mission is to help our players understand what it takes to be a winner, not only on the court, but also in the classroom & in life. We believe these areas cannot be separated, so by taking a holistic approach to player and personal development, we are able to help players maximize their potential by transforming negative mindsets, poor technique, and non-productive work ethic, to positive outlooks, attention to detail, and game situational drills that transfer to in-game success. Find out more on my background as a Raleigh basketball trainer.
We offer both private and personalized small group training with a student to instructor ratio of 5:1. You can schedule your initial session free if in a small group. Privates are $60 per session for the initial session. After that all clients go on a monthly schedule. Training once a week. 4 weeks one month, 5 the next typically.
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Basketball Skill Development and Player Roles
A question I like to present to my players when putting playing time into perspective is what is your player identity in other words what do you bring to the team? Why do you need to be on the court? What separates you from the next player. Know your strengths and play to your strengths. Many young players hurt themselves by trying to prove other people wrong instead of knowing their identity. For example, players will hear either coaches, players, or parents say they cannot shoot or dribble and will put themselves in bad situations trying to prove them wrong. I believe once players identify their strengths and weaknesses they can understand where they are, where they want to be, and what is necessary for them to reach their goals.
Training and Select or AAU Basketball in Raleigh
The landscape of amateur basketball has changed drastically over the years with the explosion of AAU basketball, YouTube, and player rankings. The focus has shifted from player development to traveling across the country to play more games. While this might be good for the pros, young players need more time to perfect their craft. We’ve seen the gap close between international players and players from the states as shown in Olympic play, which I believe is a direct correlation between international player development and our focus on game playing. We like to work with quality AAU and select programs to add skill training to their competitive playing mix.
International player developments focus is geared towards enhancing players fundamentals such as dribbling, passing, shooting, and basketball IQ. Our young players are playing more basketball and focusing less on being an overall basketball player. AAU has led to many unqualified coaches, usually parents that want to make their kids stars instead of making them earn it. An Alabama softball coach stated the best “uncoachable kids become unemployable adults”, thus our job as trainers, coaches, and mentors is to help our youth understand who they are and how they can be winners in life. Only a very small percentage of players will play basketball for a living, but many more can still be involved in the game in some capacity. However, if they’re not taught the right way, then severely placed them at a disadvantage on the court and in life. Go here to learn about Raleigh Basketball Team Training.
Basketball Training and Return On Investment of Budget and Time
Basketball is a business, you’re either getting paid to play in the form of contracts or scholarships; most players are paying to play. So, parents and players need to invest their time and money in qualified trainers that are going to help their children become better players and better people. Trainers are mentors, players take on the characteristics of their trainers and parents want the right things to rub off on their children. Basketball training should definitely enhance players skills but also build character.
We have seen players on all levels destroy their careers by making bad decisions that could be prevented if dealt with earlier in their playing career.
Being a great basketball player doesn’t make you exempt from rules and regulations. As you go up in level of play, poor attitude is tolerated less. NBA players lose a lot of money and some even ruin their careers with poor decision making. For example, take Draymond’s green suspension in the NBA finals. Not only did it hurt his brand but hurt his team in a championship series.
Therefore, player identity is so important for basketball players, especially young athletes. Players need to understand that their identity is their brand, and they are their brand not just on the court, but also off the court. Wherever they go, their brand goes with them, and every decision they make can either increase the value of their brand or decrease the value of their brand. Every basketball team is a brand, every coach is a brand; they all have an identity and they have different styles, concepts, and strategies to achieve their daily, weekly and seasonal goals.
Some coaches adjust their coaching styles and strategies according to what they believe players need to work on. Every coach feels their system is the best and gives their team the best chance to win. The truth of the matter is there is no perfect offense, and no perfect defense if there where every coach would utilize that philosophy. Each coach knows exactly what type of player they need to make for their system run at an optimal level.
Basketball Fundamentals – More Than Marketing Buzzword Here!
The core fundamentals of the game do not change; to play basketball players need skills in the area of shooting, ball handling, passing, rebounding, and defense. This is where player identity is so vital because they must ask themselves what do they offer a team? Why must a coach have them on their team? What sets them apart from the next player? What are their strengths? What are their weaknesses? Are they a big man that likes to dribble or a guard that likes to post up? With the evolution of basketball, we are seeing more versatile players that we have ever seen in the history of basketball. Just imagine Kevin Durant’s coach making him play center because he was the tallest player on his team.
Train for the Skill, NOT the Drill
The game is evolving, players are evolving, and I see a future in basketball where one-dimensional players or specialist are going to be replaced with players with a diversified skill set especially at the higher levels of basketball. I always felt positions in their old school stereotypical form hurt players overall development. Some players have God-given gifts that just cannot be explained.
I can remember a story I heard from legendary coach Nolan Richardson about when he coached at Western Texas junior college. He had recruited a player out of high school who was undersized but averaged about 15 rebounds a game. That summer coach Richardson attended a coaching clinic held by Coach K where he learned a great drill for teaching his players how to box out.
So as any coach always looking to improve their team’s performance, he implemented this drill. Every practice they would do this box out drill. The first game, the player recruited had only one rebound the second game he had three. Coach Richardson was very frustrated and confused, so he called the player to his office for a meeting. He asked the player what was wrong and where was the rebounding excellence that he was recruited to showcase. The player responded that when the ball went up, he did what coach told him to do, box out, and he was so busy boxing out that he couldn’t rebound.
Coach Richardson laughed and told the player just go get the rebound, and from then on, the player was a rebounding machine. This lesson taught coach Richardson a lesson which was don’t over coach your players to the point they lose their instincts that make them successful. He stated some players have natural gifts to do things, and sometimes as coaches they want them to do things their way that it takes their natural abilities away from them.
Basketball Trainers vs. Basketball Coaches
We are visionaries we know where players have been and where they desire to go. We have spent hours in the gym with players, had many sleepless nights watching film, and days constructing drills designed to make sure players are prepared mentally and physically to dominate their competition. We know our players’ strengths and weaknesses sometimes better than what they know themselves. We know the competition that their up against and what it’s going to take to reach their potential.
We have watched these athletes make and miss thousands of shots. Were for support after a bad game and positive feedback after a superstar performance. It’s our job to take an average player and make them great, take a great player and make them greater or turn a star into a superstar and a superstar to a hall of fame player. We work when there are no fans cheering, scouts to impress or stats being recorded. Just us, players, hot gyms and the blood sweat and tears that come with achieving greatness.
It starts in the off season by getting players stronger, faster, tightening handles, adding new moves and perfecting shooting stroke. More importantly we are charged with the task of shaping the lives of next leaders of the world. It’s our job to instill the characteristics to not only create great basketball players but great individuals. Player identity is self-identity not only for the players but for everyone involved with the process
Ready to access and grow the basketball winner within you? We know how to help you become the best you can be! Let’s go to work!