Fundamental Skill Development & Training

To become better you have to dedicate time to doing the things that will make you better. The extra time you spend in the gym can help you make the team, propel you ahead of those who play in front of you, or it can set you apart as one of the best players in the city or your conference. Athleticism can make you a competitive player, but being fundamentally sound can increase your versatility and value. It is important to evaluate your skill level and determine what goal you want to achieve as a player (i.e., make the team, start varsity, play college basketball, etc…). Since everyone’s goals are different, HeadStart Sports focuses on complete training in shooting, dribbling, passing, defense, rebounding and footwork

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Shooting is considered the most important fundamental to learn. To be a consistently great shooter you have to master the various different components of a basketball shot. Before you begin your shooting motion, have your eyes focused on the center of the rim, your feet set shoulder-width apart and the correct hand placement on the ball. With your elbow underneath the ball, bend your knees and jump upwards as you simultaneously follow through with an upward motion of your shooting hand towards the basket.

Dribbling is the easiest of all fundamentals to practice, as it only requires a ball and a hard surface. Standing with feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, dribble figure eights between and around your legs. Practice dribbling the ball low and quick and then high and slow. Another popular dribbling drill, is to dribble two balls, one with each hand up and down the length of the court.

Stand 10 feet apart from each other and use a two-handed chest pass to pass back and forth. Then switch to a two-handed bounce pass. Finish this set of drills with a two-handed overhead pass. Once you have mastered those, practice the chest pass and the bounce pass while dribbling.

Learn how to get into a proper defensive stance by standing with feet shoulder-width apart and your knees bent. Balance on the balls of your feet while having one hand up high to guard against a shot, and one hand down low to disrupt the dribble of your opponent. Move side-to-side as you defend your opponent by sliding instead of crossing your feet. Stay between your opponent and the basket.

Rebounding has a lot to do with desire and effort. But it helps to have great technique. Watch the shot and get an idea of where it is going to bounce off the rim. Block out your opponent by stepping in front of him and spreading your stance wide. Keep your arms out so that your opponent can’t get around you. As the ball comes to you, go up strong and grab it with both hands.





Team member rate

$20 per session, per player
Sessions are 1.5 hours in length


Non-team member rate

$40 per session, per player
Purchase six sessions in advance for $200
Sessions are 1.5 hours in length