Ball-Handling Fundamentals

When it comes to basketball skills training, I always preach about building solid fundamentals.  Incorporating the fundamentals into all aspects of your basketball training ensures that you will have a solid base to build upon.  No player is too old to work on the basics so therefore, all of my basketball players start every single shooting session with a series of form drills in order to build consistency and repetition.  

When we train for ball-handling, things are no different.  There is always a series of fundamental ball-handling drills that my players start off with in order to  improve their base.  These drills usually consist of finger tip control, figure eights, circles, pounds, cross-overs, dribbling figure eights, push-pulls, etc. and they can be done for either a set amount of time or for a predetermined number of reps.   

Below is one of the fundamental ball-handling warmups that my players use before beginning their full court dribbling series.  The warmup only takes about five minutes and is great for building finger tip control, grip strength, balance, posture, and keeping their head up.  All of these are essentials to being a great ball-handler.

It’s Almost Here…

Hello Everyone, 
The beautiful weather that comes along with June 1st means that summer is right around the corner and it’s time to take advantage of Elite Basketball Training’s great offers.  The Elite Basketball Camp is almost here and in its fifth year promises to be bigger, better, and more fun than ever.  So check out the sidebar just to the right for more information and a downloadable camp flyer. While you are there, check out the intense promotional video for the Elite Basketball Bootcamp, a no nonsense bootcamp that promises to get you in great basketball shape. 
And don’t forget, Elite Basketball Training is coming together with Coaches Choice, USA for one of the area’s most dynamic basketball training clinics this Friday, June 5 at Hammarskjold Middle School in East Brunswick.  The clinic will be run by myself and Tom Sclafani (owner and operator of Coaches Choice, USA and Players Choice) and will include special guest speaker and former assistant coach and national powerhouse St. Benedicts Prep James Thomas.  This amazing two and a half hour clinic is very inexpensive at $20 per person and a can’t miss for serious basketball players.  For more information and a registration form click here:
And while all of this is going on, there is always the opportunity to better your skills or get in great basketball shape with Elite Basketball Training’s individual or small group sessions.  New pricing is available upon request so don’t miss out on all of these great opportunites.
See you on the court.
Rich Stoner
Elite Basketball Training, LLC

Elite Basketball Bootcamp


Put your body and skills to the test while attending the Elite Basketball Bootcamp.   This course is designed to increase your strength, speed, agility, stamina, and explosive power by challenging your body like you have never done before.  Alternative training techniques combined with basketball specific speed and agility drills will make this type of workout both effective and fun.  And new for 2011, a third training session with a basketball skill development focus.  This new skill development component adds innovative and competitive drills that when combined with the sports performance workout are guaranteed to get you results both on and off the court!

The Elite Basketball Bootcamp runs Tuesday and Thursday afternoons with the skill development session on Saturday mornings, and is located within the newly renovated New Jersey Sports Academy in Edison, NJ. 

Register by clicking here ==> Elite Basketball Bootcamp  

Interested in bringing the Elite Basketball Bootcamp to your area or running a bootcamp that can serve as a fundraiser for your basketball program?  Please contact Rich Stoner at or 732-239-0338.

Watch footage from the summer of 2009’s ELITE BASKETBALL BOOTCAMP and see what people are saying in the videos below:

 Or Register by clicking Here==> Elite Basketball Bootcamp

Dallas Ouanu
Villanova University

David McDaniel
Elms College

Stephen Fortuna
Metuchen High School

Don’t miss this opportunity to get yourself into the best basketball shape of your life while taking your basketball skills to the next level by registering here: Elite Basketball Bootcamp

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.