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“I Wish More Parents Saw How Important This is.”

Last Saturday after finishing up my Elite Sports Performance workout in Edison, I was having a conversation with one of my basketball player’s parents about the workout that just ended.  He was very complimentary of the workout and elaborated on how great it is for his son to be a part of the sports performance workouts as well as my basketball skill development program.  As I thanked him for his kudos, he followed it up with, “I wish more parents  saw how important this (sports performance) is.” and he proceeded to tell me that he planned on telling more players and parents about the training and encouraging them to get involved.  I could not be more appreciative of this commendatory praise and that he was willing to spread the word about my training, but his quote on parents seeing the importance of sports performance training really got my attention.  Why don’t parents and in many cases, basketball players see the value in sports performance training and its implementation into game play?  Anyone who has ever watched one NBA or college basketball game has to see that these basketball players are in great shape and cannot possibly think that is an accident.  Nonetheless, sports performance training consistently takes a back burner to game play and skill development (and in that order).

Elite Basketball Training was founded on the principal of creating the most well-rounded and versatile basketball player and it is for this reason we offer a variety of programs that include basketball skill development, sports performance training/athletic development, and nutrition.  We know that the best basketball players are, not only the ones with superior skills,but are also the players who are in the best shape.  Our sports performance programs are designed with the game of basketball in mind and often mimic many of the common movements on the basketball court including power positions like the lunge and jump positions while developing the core strength to maintain balance and coordination and finally conditioning the athlete so that they have enough in the tank to still perform their skills at the end of the game when they are tired.  These are all attributes that the top players in the world have and work to develop yet more often than not, players and parents of players say they cannot find the time for sports performance training.

Time is the biggest determining factor into whether a player supplements their basketball skill development with sports performance training.  However, a case can be made that there is more time than you think there is to train if certain aspects of a player’s development were prioritized and others trimmed down.  Doing so will allow a player to easily find one hour two to three days a week to improve their athleticism.

For whatever reason, game play has almost become the be all end all of player development as young players often find themselves playing an excessive amount of games on a weekly basis. This is a result of them being on three or more teams of varying sports and therefore being constantly shuttled from one game to the next.  As a matter of fact, recently I was having a conversation with one of the parents of two players that I train.  His son and daughter had tried out my sports performance training, loved it, and  were trying to find the time for them to come in and train on a consistent basis.  This may come as a shock, but we couldn’t.  Why?  Each child played on about three basketball teams alone, not to mention the other teams from other sports that they were involved in at the time.   All of this game play had monopolized their time and left them very little time to train.

I am not sure how game play became  so significant to everyone, but I can absolutely, one hundred percent assure you that it should, in no way, be the number one priority in your development as a basketball player or any kind of player, for that matter.  Game play is a way to incorporate your skills and athleticism into a live situation and not a way to develop said skills and athleticism.  As a matter of fact, a case can be made, that if you only play games and do not get the proper repetitions it takes to improve your skills and athleticism  you will only plateau in those two areas and in many cases regress.  There is just not possible way to get in the necessary reps to improve during game play…period.  With that in mind, game play should be the last priority on the list for a basketball player looking to improve.

Obviously players desire to grow and improve all of the time and basketball skill development combined with a well structure sports performance program will produce the desired  results.  Nonetheless, when giving a reason why players cannot get in the weight room and train, time is the most common reason, followed up with an almost braggadocious account of the number of teams their son or daughter plays on.  It’s almost like a badge of honor to play on multiple teams, but one that I simply cannot wrap my mind around if a player is truly looking to develop their game and in this case their athleticism.

 

Shoes and Socks vs. Basketball Skills and Athleticism

Owning a basketball training business and being a teacher, I am around basketball players and students every day, and I have come to the conclusion that today’s generation of  basketball players have more basketball sneakers and socks than all other generations combined.  I can honestly make a case that I come across at least one player every couple of days with a new pair of Lebrons and/or a fresh pair of Nike Elite socks.  This begs the question, what is the point of spending money on so many pairs of socks shoes?  Maybe I am being a little old school here but is there really a need for a pair of Elite Socks for every day of the month (yes, I actually had a student tell me that he owned a pair of mid calf socks for every day of the month)?  I am as much into looking good on the basketball court as the next basketball player, but this infatuation with new basketball sneakers (most of which are quite ugly) and mid-calf socks is quite ridiculous.  Further compounding the situation and really confusing me is that a large majority of the players I see wearing them cannot pass, dribble, or shoot the basketball effectively.   Just curious, but wouldn’t your money be more well served being spent on basketball skill development and/or sports performance training so that they can actually improve their basketball skills and athleticism?  Last time I checked, shoes and socks do not make a player better, just better looking and at a pretty high cost.

In a recent Google search for Nike Elite socks, the average cost is $15 a pair with some special addition pairs costing as much as $30.  Figuring that the average player has at least five pairs of these types of socks, that’s a total of $75 (even more if one of them is a limited edition pair) or the cost of two group training or one personal training sessions with me.  A similar Google search on Nike Sneakers showed me that the average cost of sneakers today is $160 with the Lebron 11’s costing as much as $200.  If a player has two pairs of shoes totaling the average, that’s around $320 for shoes or the equivalent of 10 group training sessions or four personal basketball training sessions with me.  Combine this with the totals from the Nike Elite Socks research and you are talking quite a large amount of quality basketball training.

Please do not misunderstand me, my issue with all of this is not that basketball players have expensive shoes and socks…that’s fine.  It’s that they have multiple pairs of these expensive shoes and socks and they brag about how many pairs they have but at the same time, there are areas of their basketball game that are deficient.  If their goal is to be the player in the layup line that looks really cool but whose production is limited when they step on the court, then that is okay.  However, if your real goal is to become a better basketball player, then I can assure you that multiple pairs of Lebrons and Nike Elite socks will do very little to help you attain that goal.  The only way to be successful on the court is through hard work and dedicated basketball training devoted to basketball skill development and sports performance.  If this is the success you seek, then it is time to refocus your priorities and maybe lay off the shoes and socks and find someone to help you develop your skills and athleticism.

Elite Basketball Training GPS System

Congratulations on taking such a big step towards better improved basketball skill development and/or sports performance. This manual was written as an interactive guide that will take you through the steps of proper goal setting, help you find deeper meaning to your athletic transformation journey and help you build motivation and momentum to aid you in your sports performance program. This manual should serve as a simple yet detailed instruction manual with step by step instructions. This is not just an informational book but a program you can follow to get from where you are now to where you want to be in the most effective and shortest time possible.

My only goal in writing this manual is to help you reach to your goals, to get you better skilled and more athletic than you’ve ever seen been before, clear your mind of distractions and help establish a game plan and set path for you to follow to success.

If this book helps you succeed in reaching your basketball skill and sports performance goals, then this manual is a success.

This manual is for YOU and this book is dedicated to YOU, the athletes on the path

towards a more athletic and better performing body.

Remember though that progress is not made linearly. It is going to be a bumpy ride…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What five things must occur for you to feel successful in the next Year?

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Why do you want to achieve this degree of skill and/or athleticism? What would it mean for you? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What would you like to achieve in the next 12 months? Be very specific.

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What would you like to achieve in the next 3 months? Be very specific. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Every time you reach a goal:

1. Celebrate/ Reward yourself. Every time you achieved your weekly goal reward yourself with a cheat meal, a new pair of Nike Elite socks, or something else special. When you reach a 3 month and/or 12 month goal buy yourself a new pair of sneakers. Have fun!

2. Keep a list of goals you accomplished. Success breeds more success. Keep a list of goals you accomplished and go back and read it every time you feel

unmotivated to lift your spirits.

3. Set new goals continually. Goal setting never stops. It’s an ongoing process. Always be improving yourself in some way.

Once you have finished the above 3 month process simply repeat the process throughout the year. Also remember that progress will be a bumpy road.

Special Bonuses

As a special bonus and to make sure you absolutely follow through and reach your goals I have set up the following offers. To receive these offers you need to email me ASAP at rstoner42@gmail.com

Bonus #1 (first 20 people): $260 for 4 personal skill development training sessions (savings of $40) or $480 for 8 personal skill development training sessions (savings of $120).  This is without a doubt the best way to supplement your basketball skill development and actually achieve your goals for the year that you set up in your one-on-one system breakdown.

Bonus #2 (if you don’t make the first 20 People):  25% off 1 month of sports performance training (2 day a week package minimum) or group basketball skill development.   This is a great way to jump start your success.

Best Elite Basketball Training Videos of 2013

First of all I want to take this time to wish all of my Elite Basketball Training Family a Happy and Healthy New Year.  I look forward to continuing to provide you with the tools to elevate your game and become ELITE.  At the end of each year, I always try to come up with some sort of motivation to take your game to the next level, and this year is no different.  However, instead of proposing some hypotheticals of what you can become and you can elevate your game with basketball skill development and sports performance training, I decided to show you evidence of what my Elite Basketball Training family has become in 2013 with my Best Basketball Skill Development Videos of 2013.  This is a compilation basketball skill development and sports performance training videos taken from this year.  Use them as a learning tool and a source of motivation to develop your basketball skills and athleticism on your way to becoming the best basketball player you can in 2014.

  1. Elite Basketball Training:  This video from Elite Basketball Training is a compilation of training videos from our Saturday Skills group in which players work on basketball skill development, explosive power, and strength and condtioning.

2. Weak Foot Jab Stutter Step: In this video, Rich Stoner of Elite Basketball Training demonstrates the weak foot stutter move and how to use it to effectively to get by defenders.

3. Power Training for Basketball:  These are two excellent exercises that we use in the weight room to develop explosive power for basketball.  Band training helps to develop speed from the bottom of the squat and gets you through the sticking point in your squat while the box squat to box jump helps the player develop their quickness off the ground by exploding up the second your feet touch the ground off the box squat.

 

4. Finishing With Your Inside Hand:  In this video, Rich Stoner of Elite Basketball Training teaches players how and why they should finish with their inside hand on their drive to the basket.

5. On Court Metabolic Conditioning for Basketball: In this video by Elite Basketball Training, the athletes are working on a Metcon circuit consisting of 5 RFT of sprint down backpedal back, 10 HR push-ups, 20 sit-ups.

This is a sampling of five of the top Elite Basketball Training videos of 2013.  Be sure check back next week for the remaining five as there were just too many to fit into one post.  In the mean time, use these videos to elevate your basketball skills and sports performance so that you can become Elite in 2014.

Success From the Pro Shot System

Last week’s basketball skill development post on the jump shot and the Pro Shot jump shooting system drew a lot of attention from the Elite Basketball Training community.  One email that I received in response to the post, I Unsubscribed Immediately that was really inspiring and touching was the following.

Hi Rich…Just read your Pro shot (or not) post via email. I sent this video to Paul H. over the weekend, thought you’d like to see, too. My little Emma is all in for pro shot.   She knows why she misses when she does and she fixes promptly.   She still has things to learn but she has been fairly deadly from three in her first three games this year, not bad from 2 either.  Her pro shot started with you and Paul at Elite so I always think fondly of you guys.

LeAnn
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The finished product…

I love when players are successful especially ones as coachable as Emma.  She was open to change, took what she learned at our clinics and applied it to her own game.  Great job Emma, keep up the good work.
I hope that you all have a wonderful holiday season filled with family, friends, and basketball training (of course).  Keep your eyes open for next week’s best of 2013 Elite Basketball Training Videos where I post the top basketball skill development and sports performance videos from Elite Basketball Training.

 

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