Basketball

“The two ingredients in success in basketball are playing hard and playing intelligently.”  – Pete Carroll

Why I Love Basketball

Because I can play basketball as a competitive sport or a casual game on the backyard court. I can play anywhere with anyone. It is high action, fast-paced with lots of physicality and skills. Playing basketball is a whole lot of fun. I get to socialize and meet people with common interests as myself and I have built many life long friendships through the game of basketball.  Not only is it fun to play, basketball has taught me leadership and life skills and the meaning of determination and persistence. It is fun to have fun, but you have to know how … and basketball is definitely one way to have fun!

I choose to play social basketball. However, if you want to play competitive basketball, then you must aim to qualify for WABL. The main difference between social and highly competitive basketball is of course the skill level. And you cannot succeed at competitive basketball unless you also learn the Hidden Game. It is the game that is played between the ears – the mind game. It’s about mindset and mentality. It’s about how you approach the game. It’s what differentiate the good and the greats. It’s the thing that will set you apart from others that gives you the competitive edge. It’s the thing that gives you confidence to continue to shoot the ball when you have missed your last 5 shots.

How We Work

Our first step is to assess your child’s skill level so that we can make sure that they are placed in the correct skill and age group.  It is never about simply throwing you into a team to “make up the numbers”. We follow an assessment process:

  1. Confirm whether your child has had any experience playing ball – if the answer is no, then we start your child at the lowest training session. If yes, we confirm where they have played before and what division/year group they played in
  2. Assess the way your child dribble and shoot the ball.
  3. Determine what the player’s goal is – are they interested in competitive basketball or social basketball and what are they hoping to gain from training
  4. Continuous review of the skills – some players improve very quickly after some training and can be moved into a higher skill level training quickly, others take much longer.

It is never a “one size fits all” policy. It is always about the player. Neither is it about the height of the player. If there is one common stereotype of professional basketball players, it’s that you have to be tall. Whilst there is a huge advantage to being tall, you can beat it. The most famous is probably Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues who comes in at a tall 160cm ,,, Coach Kevin is 170cm!!