SoCal-Elite Basketball

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SoCal-Elite’s youth basketball leagues, camps and academy help bring communities together in a fun, learning environment. All programs are both kid and family-friendly, and SoCal-Elite is a great place to play basketball for all ages and skill levels.

Register for our upcoming fall / winter basketball programs today!

Basketball Violation: Carrying / Palming

During a basketball game, many coaches, fans, and youth basketball players commonly misunderstand a carrying / palming violation. A carrying / palming violation occurs when you place your hand underneath the basketball during a dribbling motion and when you grip the ball with your dribbling hand to impede the dribbling motion, resulting in a turnover.

A carrying/palming violation occurs most commonly when you attempt to perform a crossover or when you slowly dribble the ball down the court. Many youth basketball players have developed this bad habit, resulting in unnecessary turnovers.

To avoid the referee from calling a carrying / palming violation on you, make sure that your palm always faces down when you dribble the basketball.

A You Tube video provided by Expert Village visually demonstrates a carrying/palming violation.

Basketball Practice and Game Preparation Tips: Part 1

Preparing youth basketball players for practice and basketball games can be the difference between whether your athlete performs well on the court or not. With my own eyes, I have witnessed many youth basketball players become easily exhasted, lethargic, physically weaker on the basketball court, and even become short tempered. Many coaches and parents assume that the basketball player might become fatigued due to a lack of conditioning. While that theory can be true, multiple factors exist for fatigued youth basketball players that parents and coaches can easily control.

One major factor involves dehydration. Dehydration occurs when a you lose more water through energy exertion and sweat than you consume.

The solution? Consume water before exercise!

One of the most common mistakes youth athletes make involve not coming to basketball practice or games hydrated. Many youth basketball players drink a lot of liquid throughout practice and throughout a basketball game. However, it’s already too late to consume liquid if they do not come into an exercise activity hydrated. Before an athlete can consume water throughout a practice or a game, they already have lost a lot of water from their body without possessing the capability of replacing them since they did not consume beforehand.

So when and how much water should an athlete consume before exercise? According to Renee Melton, MS, RD, LD, director of nutrition for Sensei, a developer of online and mobile weight loss and nutrition programs, an athlete should consume approximately 15 oz-20 oz. of water 1-2 hour before exercise, and 8-10 oz. of water 15 minutes before exercise. Obviously, those numbers can vary depending on how much water you lose.

Therefore, if you question how your kids can improve performance on the basketball court, the simple solution might be something as small as consuming water and staying hydrated before they enter the basketball court.

Collin Tjin

SoCal-Elite Rookie Spotlight: Collin Tjin

Today’s SoCal-Elite Rookie Spotlight is Collin Tjin.

Tjin has excelled in SoCal-Elite’s rookie program in the past year and is now making his way up to the higher levels in our 2014 Summer League.

Be sure to check out Tjin’s highlight tape above and keep an eye on the speedy point guard in the near future!