2011 Elite Basketball Camps



In the summer of 2011 summer put your skills to the test at the Elite Basketball Camps.  The Elite Basketball Camps teach fundamental basketball skills while emphasizing a whole-hearted attitude and approach to the game of basketball.  They will also include a speed, agility and strength component, and focus on developing team concepts, both of which are vital to the game of basketball.  The Elite Basketball Camps provide an instructional program that each camper will be able to take home with them and implement in any competitive setting.  The Elite Basketball Training staff, will offer expert coaching and guidance in all phases of the game. Campers will play at least 2 games daily to implement and show off their new-found basketball skills. Each camper will also receive an opportunity to participate in the following contests: 1-on-1, 3-on-3, 5-on-5, Hot Shot, and Free Throw. The camp combines exciting drills and games with a FUN environment that is guaranteed to have your son or daughter begging you to sign them up each year.

Download the Elite Basketball Camp Registration form here 2011 Elite BBallCamp_Brochure 1&2  and check out what past campers are saying:

Ryan Josell

Age 12 Battle Basketball 11U 

 Ryan has been training with Elite Basketball since the age of 7.  He first attended Elite Basketball Camp in Metuchen as a third grader and looks forward to camp each summer.  He also trains individually with Coach Rich throughout the year.  Elite Basketball Training has always provided a high level of skill and fitness training, helping Ryan improve both his skills and athleticism.  Rich provides a fun, positive, and energetic environment for the kids to train in.  Regardless of how demanding the workout is, Ryan always comes home with a smile on his face asking, “when can I work out with Coach Rich again?” Rich is a terrific motivator, a great teacher of the game, and has been a great coach and inspiration to Ryan.

 David, Timmy, and Michael Redshaw

Metuchen High School Athletes

My sons have attended Elite Basketball Camps and clinics for the past five years.  They enjoy the full day camp as well as the half-day shooting camp because while both camps provide important fundamental instruction, they are also a lot of fun!  By the end of the week, they always come home with new and/or improved skills that they utilize in their competitive play.  Rich Stoner’s camps are always one of their favorites!

 Frankie McGuire

Metuchen High School Basketball

Frankie has been attending Rich Stoner’s basketball camps for several years and has also participated in individual skills training sessions with Rich.  Frankie has benefited greatly from Rich’s expertise in skills training and his innovative approaches to training and coaching.  Rich is a great motivator and uses a clever, relevant and even humorous demeanor to deliver his skills training techniques to his players.  As a result of his improved skills, Frankie is having more fun now playing the game of basketball and has experienced more confidence and satisfaction in his game. Thanks to Rich, Frankie has learned skills and strategies that he can continue to utilize and improve upon while playing in competitive youth basketball leagues.

Don’t miss out on all the fun and intense opportunities to become a better basketball player. 

Download the Elite Basketball Camp Flyer here: 2011Elite BBallCamp_Brochure 1&2

One Knee Form Shooting

Every time I work on shooting with my basketball players they always start off with three to four form shooting drills.  These basketball training drills are meant to develop consistency and repetition through balance, alignment, and follow through.  A basketball skills training drill that focusses specifically on upper body form, and promotes arch and follow through is the One Knee Form Shooting Drill.  

The One Knee Form Shooting Drill is an excellent warmup for shooting.  However, it is imperative that the player maintains proper form during this drill.  One common mistake that many players will make  is they will have a tendency to cock their arm back in order to get the ball to the rim.  This happens because because players cannot use their legs during this drill.  Be sure to correct the players on this mistake and make sure that they are using arch and follow through to get the ball to the rim and not unnecessary upper body movements.  

The video below shows the One Knee Form Shooting drill being performed.  Other variations of this drill include shooting from both knees or shooting from a chair, and any one of these is a must when starting out your daily shooting sessions.

But I Don’t Belong to a Gym…

I have spoken before about the myriad of excuses that basketball players come up with as to why they cannot lift or do some sort of strength training for basketball.  One of the biggest excuses is that they cannot afford a gym membership or that they cannot get to the gym, or something of that nature.  In my opinion, that is the lamest excuse of them all!

Basketball training does not need to be done in a fancy gym.  Many people have been strength training for years using nothing but their own body weight.  Have we come so far with all of the high-tech machines and colored weights that we have forgotten about simple yet HIGHLY EFFECTIVE  exercises like the pushup and pullup?

Last summer my basketball team and I abandoned the weight room and trained three days a week at the park using nothing more than our body weight and a few sandbags .   THE RESULTS WERE INCREDIBLE!  We did tons of pushups, pullups, and body squats.  Overhead presses and Olympic lifts with sandbags.  We mixed in some sprints for speed and conditioning and even jumped onto picnic tables for our plyometric training to ultimately create a very demanding workout.

Check out the video below for the workout I put the kids at a recent clinic I spoke at through.  We only did one round, but man were they sucking wind and we used nothing but our own body weight.

The Importance of Ankle Strengthening Exercises

Many of us have recurring ankle problems.  Whether they be minor sprains or serious ankle injuries that have turned your ankle into a purple softball, they are all awful to deal with.  And how do we deal with them?  Our response to these injuries is to strap on an ankle brace or simply lace our high tops up a little tighter and keep on playing.   Fact of the matter is that neither one of these can fix the deficiencies in your ankles and in some cases may make your ankle worse by creating a dependecy on the braces and high tops themselves.  This will only serve to further weaken your ankles thereby setting you up for future injuries.  Instead of compensating for weak ankles by wearing a brace, strengthen them through some simple exercises and never have to fight ankle injuries again. 

As mentioned earlier, strapping on the high tops can further weaken your ankles.  The purpose of high tops is to keep your ankles in place and they do not allow the foot or the ankle to strengthen itself by being able to move around.  I am in no way telling you not to wear high tops, but try doing your dynamic warmup barefoot.  By doing so, your ankle will be able to move freely consequently allowing the surrounding muscles to develop.  This can only help to strengthen your ankles and pevent future injuries. 

The following video shows three other simple exercises that will serve to strengthen the ankle and its surrounding muscles. 

Ankles are largely responsible for a person’s ability to perform all movements that are necessary for basketball.  Having to constantly change direction and cut back and forth puts great strain on your ankles.  Weak ankles force other parts of the body like your knees and back to compensate, placing them under undue stress.  Having strong ankles will not only prevent ankle injuries, but knee and back injuries as well.  So in the future,  include these simple ankle strengthening exercises in your warmup and/or your cool down and prevent ever having to strap on those ankle braces again.

They Said it Couldn’t Be Done…

Elite Basketball Training



For the first time ever, Elite Basketball Training will be teaming up with K & R Basketball to produce the area’s most dynamic basketball clinics. The clinics will include extensive fundamental basketball training and coaching which will develop and enhance each player’s skills in the sport. Along with that they will also experience the fun and excitement of being a confident team player in a safe atmosphere.

The clinics will be available to boys and girls ages 5-19 on Saturdays from 1-3 pm at Linwood Middle School in North Brunswick, NJ.  They will be lead by experienced professionals.  The key instructors will be, Rich Stoner, head boys’ basketball coach at Metuchen High School and USAW certified Sports Performance Coach.  Khayri Battle, a 6’5″ guard who plays professionally in Argentina and played college basketball at the University of Pittsburgh.  And, Rodney Dennis who played for Bayley Ellard High School, SUNY Farmingdale, and semi-pro basketball.  

For more information and a downloadable registration form contact Rich Stoner at