Summer Basketball Camp IV

Summer Basketball Camp IV Recap

Day One

After a week break from our third Summer Basketball Camp, our fourth and final Summer Camp began with a lot of excitement! Monday’s camp activities consisted of relay races, which included backwards dribbling, dribbling around the cone ten times and then doing the cabbage patch, where players moved their basketball in the cabbage patch motion. Campers also worked on their ball handling skills through practicing low and high dribbles, two ball dribbles, and cross-overs. Along with ball handling skills, campers learned how to shoot correctly, focusing on form and making sure they keep their “follow through” position. Lastly, teams were created from each age and skill level with popular NBA team names like the: Lakers, Clippers, Knicks, Heat, Celtics, and Bulls.

Day Two

Day two of camp contained a couple of games like knock out. For knock out, players start at the free throw line and have to try and make a free throw before the player behind them makes a basket. If the player misses, they have to hustle to get their ball and make the shot from whichever position before the player behind them makes a basket, or they are out. Players also had another shooting competition, which helped them apply their correct shooting form that they learned the day before. Lastly, coaches walked and talked groups through set plays.

Day Three

Day three followed with more fun and friendly competition for the players! Ball tag, the camp’s most popular game was one of the core activities for the day. Ball tag is a game where players must constantly dribble their basketball while trying to avoid other players from knocking their ball out of bounds. At the same time, players also had to try and knock out other players’ basketballs to eliminate their competition. Sounds difficult, but campers caught on quickly. Over the course of the day, players also participated in dribbling competitions, learned how to take direction from coaches in regard to plays, and finally a ball tag championship round. Ball tag championships were narrowed down to two champions from each division to face off against other champions.

Day Four

The last day of camp consisted of three main stations. Players rotated through stations of defense, ball handling, and a shooting relay race. As always, on the last day of camp, players got to play games, games, and games! Teams played three full court basketball games, which was probably the best part of the day. At the end of camp players got to take home awesome prizes like a t-shirt, brand new basketball, wristbands, and gift certificates.

Kobe Bryant Jab Step

Basketball Fundamental: Jab Step

The “Jab Step” has been and will still be one of my favorite basketball moves after catching the ball. A jab step is when you fake that you drive to one direction towards the basket, then drive towards the opposite direction or shoot the ball. Here are the key steps on how to execute a good jab step.

Step 1: Establish a pivot foot. Once you catch the ball, you have to establish which foot will be the pivot foot, the foot that does not move, and establish the jab step foot, the foot opposite of your pivot foot which you will utilize to perform your jab step. After you catch the ball, the first foot that moves off the ground will be your jab step foot, while the foot that does not move will be your pivot foot. If you do not set a pivot foot, the referee will call a traveling violation on you.

Step 2: Get in attack position. For the jab step to be effective, you do not want to be upright and not in a position to either attack the basket, shoot or pass. Make sure you have solid triple threat to keep the defensive players guessing while keeping the ball away from the defensive player. If you stand upright and not in any position to perform a basketball move, a good defensive player will take advantage and try to steal the ball away from you.

Step 3: Perform the jab step. When you perform the jab step, you do not want to step away from the basket since that will negate the effectiveness of the jab step. What you have to do is to step towards the same side as your jab step foot to attack the defensive player guarding you and towards the basket. Also, make sure your pivot foot does not move, otherwise it will be a traveling violation.

Step 4: See what the defensive player does. If the defensive does not react to your jab step, then just drive towards the basket. If the defensive player does react however, you have the option of putting your right foot back and shoot the ball, drive towards the opposite side of the defensive player, or take another jab.

Footnote: When you drive towards the basket after performing the jab step, utilize your body to seal off the defensive player from getting in front of you, especially if the defensive player guards you tightly.

If you would like to master the jab step move along with other fundamental basketball moves that will make you a better basketball player, please join and sign up for our Weekly Training Basketball Academy.

Rebounding Basketball for Beginners

Many youth basketball players, especially those with weight and height disadvantage, have trouble boxing out opposing players to grab a rebound. The bigger and taller player might grab the rebound over you or push you so far underneath the basket that you cannot place yourself in a position to grab a rebound.

Here, I will give a few steps and pointers on how to box out and grab a rebound, especially for those who have a weight or height disadvantage.

1. Locate your opponent immediately. I witness a lot of youth basketball players, high school players, college players, and even NBA players make the error of ball-watching (watching the ball reach the basket) when the shooter shoots the ball. Watching the ball causes you to lose track of where your opponent is, giving them an advantage of placing themselves in a better position to grab a rebound than you. One way to prevent the person you are guarding from grabbing a rebound over you will be to react very quickly to an action on the court. Once the player shoots the ball, you have to react very quickly and locate your opponent, initiating the initial contact to possess more leverage.

2. Drive your opponent out. Now that you have located your opponent, you now need to keep him away from bullying you to grab the rebound. To do that, you need to make sure you stick your hips out and stay low facing the ball once you have blocked your opponent. In order to see where your opponent is without looking at them, keep your arms extended out to locate where your opponent is and to see whether or not you need to adjust your position.

3. Want it more than the others. Sounds very simple and cliché, but it’s really the most important part of grabbing a rebound. Rebounding takes an extraordinary amount of will and effort, so you simply have to want the ball more than your opponent. You do not have to be the tallest or biggest player to grab a rebound. Former NBA superstar and Hall-of-Fame inductee Charles Barkley, who was considerably shorter than anybody at his position, is widely regarded as one of the best rebounders in basketball history, due to his tenacity and aggressiveness towards grabbing the ball. He symbolizes that you do not have to be big in order to become a great rebounder.

SoCal-Elite Basketball Camp III

SoCal-Elite Basketball Camp III Recap

Day One (8/11)

SoCal-Elite’s third Summer Basketball Camp kicked-off Monday morning as about 90 eager campers walked into the gym at 9:00am. Before the fun and games, all of the coaches were introduced and ground rules were set to make sure each player had the best experience at camp. All players were then divided into groups, first by age and then by skill level. Like any sport, it is always important to start off with a warm up. Coaches led warm ups in each individual group, ages 4 to 14, through ball handling and stretching. Next was the core of the camp, stations. Monday’s stations consisted of six stations in the areas of: 1. Ball handling, 2. Shooting, 3. Passing, 4. Footwork, 5. Defense, and 6. Lay-ups. Each station ran about ten minutes long and players were able to interact with every coach through the rotations as they learned and practiced a new skill. Lastly, campers ended the day with 5 on 5 scrimmages and closed with a traditional SCE huddle.

Day Two (8/12)

On Tuesday morning, campers were up bright and early at the SCCCA. Just before nine o’ clock, balls were flying; players were already dribbling and shooting baskets while they waited for the starting whistle to sound. As always, warm up groups were divided and the day began. Campers fell into a routine of warm ups, stations, snack, and games after day two. Tuesday’s stations were 20 minutes long and focused on: hand-eye coordination using tennis balls, shooting in the key, shooting form, and transitions from defense to offense.

Day Three (8/13)

Before Day Three of camp began, players were working hard to perfect their free throws, jump shots, and some of them, their three pointers. Some coaches were showing off their 3-point range, trick shots, and not quite perfected dunks. Wednesday’s warm ups included pivot squats, figure 8 dribbling between the legs, bear crawls, and backwards dribbling. The day’s stations of three 20-minute rotations focused on two ball dribbling, a defensive shell drill that showed players how to position their bodies -“see player, see ball”, and games of lightning.

Day Four (8/14)

Thursday was probably the day most campers were excited but sad about because it was the last day! Just before the last day of camp started, campers were practicing on their own while others had fun watching some of our coaches compete in games of lightning. After warm ups, teams were given jerseys and then split off into stations. Thursday’s stations comprised of 20-minute rotations of ball handling, games, and more games! At the end of camp each player took home a SoCal-Elite shirt, a drawstring bag, kid’s meal vouchers, OC Youth Sports bracelets, and a new basketball. At the end of the week, all players had a great time playing and learning about basketball, improved on their skills, and took home awesome gifts and memories!

If you or some you know is interested in joining our final summer basketball of the summer (Aug. 25-28), click here: SoCal-Elite Summer Basketball Camp IV

Lakers vs. Jazz

WIN Tickets to Lakers vs. Utah Jazz

As the NBA offseason drags on, our friends over at OC Youth Sports thought now would be a great time to give away some Lakers tickets!

I mean, is there ever a bad time to give away FREE stuff? We say no…

OC Youth Sports is giving away two (2) tickets to Lakers vs. Utah Jazz on Thursday, October 16th at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.

To be eligible to win, all you have to do is:

LIKE OC Youth Sports on Facebook.

That’s it!

The eligible contestants will be compiled on Friday, August 15th and a random winner will be announced on the OC Youth Sports Facebook page at 6:00pm PST.

Good luck!