Rising Stars “Fall Ball” is off to a great start! Players worked on several skills (see below) and competed in a knockout competition to end the day. The focus for the day was on offensive skills: form shooting, layups, triple threat and passing, and dribbling. Each of these skills will be advanced during future sessions, along with a number of other skills.
We had another great week of Rising Stars Camp! We are so fortunate to have a great group of coaches and players working at our camp. We are already looking forward to our Fall Ball Camp in October! Special thanks to Rich DeMarco for all that he does for our camp each year. Also, Special thanks to Coach Paul Norton for assisting, along with varsity players Kelly Walsh, Cate Blatchford, Lauren Flynn, Katie Hankin, Cecily Szady, and Jacqueline Fibbe. Our camp would not be the success that it is without the help of our current players. As I said before, our varsity players also happen to be former Rising Stars. They do a great job working with the players on the FUNdamentals of basketball, but also act as positive role models for the Rising Stars.
Below are a videos from our last day of camp. You will see how much the players improved in a number of different areas. In addition to the FUNdamentals stations, we had a team hot shot competition, team relay races, and a couple of knockout games while the parents were in attendance. All in all, it was another awesome day of camp!
As always, hard work beats talent, when talent fails to work hard!
Eurostep Move to layup
Our 7th graders have been doing a great job at layups and we always want to find a way to advance their game. We decided to teach them an advanced move that has become one of the most popular in the game of basketball today. It is called the "Eurostep," because a lot of European players started using a few years back. It was really made famous by NBA player Manu Ginobili from the San Antoni Spurs.
Players have to step hard right and then hard left to avoid the defender. We started them out by having them make the steps without dribbling and then advanced them to taking one or two dribbles. At our fall camp we are going to continue to build on this move. It will take time to perfect, but at some point they will be the youngest players using this highly effective move!
Again, we want to advance our veteran players so we taught them how to shoot floaters. They will be able to score in the paint even if they are not the tallest player on the court.
Speaking of layups, our younger Rising Stars have nearly mastered the footwork for layups. They really struggled the first day, but they definitely improved each day. They can take righty and lefty layups, which is awesome! They are starting to hit more layups as they focus less and less on the footwork to take a layup and more on the basket.
Pick and Roll Defense
We value defensive and offensive skils at Rising Stars Camp. Below, Lauren and Katie do an excellent job of showing players one way to defend a pick and roll by fighting over the screen. They broke the drill down into parts to help our younger players understand. This is just one example of the terrific job our players do helping the Rising Stars.
We showed our player. s footwork to play 1 on 1 defense, how to deny the wing, defend pick and roll, and how to play help defense. Below, you will see our veteran Rising Stars playing help defense using a drill that we do with our high school varsity team. If you have the volume up you will hear them saying "I got ball," and "I got help," which are the terms we use to communicate with our teammates that we have ball or we are in help position on defense. Communication is so important on defense and a big reason why we are one of the top defensive teams every year.
We are very fortunate to have great players that help at our Rising Stars Camp. It just so happens that the players that assist us are former Rising Stars themselves. They do a great job teaching the Rising Stars new skills, reviewing drills, and act as mentors to the younger players. We hope that someday our campers will continue this tradition and assist at Rising Stars Camp when they no longer attend.
Below are a few pictures from camp yesterday and a number of videos from our camp today. The players continue to expand their game and review skills they learned this week. We are also advancing the drills for our veteran Rising Stars so they learn and practice new skills.
As a reminder, parents are invited to camp tomorrow at 11:15. Also, you can pay a reduced rate for our fall camp if you sign up by tomorrow. The reduced rate is $100 for our fall sessions. We hope to see you tomorrow!
Hard work beats talent, when talent fails to work hard!
Day 3: FUNdamentals Stations
Day 4: FUNdamentals Stations
Back Door Cuts
Our form continues to improve each day. Check out the video below and look at the shooter's following through each time. They are working hard to improve their form, but it takes over 10,000 shots.
Our footwork improved so much on layups that we decided to let the players learn how to do it from the left side today. They all tried to use their left hand too. Very impressive.
Advanced 2-ball dribbling
Varsity player Cecily Szady did a great job reviewing the MIkan Drill with our with our Rising Stars today.
Our team motto is to "Get Better Everyday," and we try to send the same message to our Rising Stars. We always want them to improve from the first day of our camp to the last day. You will see some of those improvements in today's videos. For example, our younger players are using better footwork for their layups. Even better, they are starting to hit more layups than they miss after using proper footwork. We hit over 51% of our layups during a drill today and yesterday our number was significantly lower. We hope to beat this number by the end of camp. It won't be easy, but we will do it! I hope you enjoy the videos. Our daily award winners are listed below:
21 Champion: Ashley Marsh Defensive Obstacle Course Winner: Sophie Strozier
Camper of the Day: Madison Upton
Madison did a great job cheering on her teammates during camp today and improved her layup footwork, layups, dribbling and form shooting. Great job by Madison at camp today!
Hard work beats talent, when talent fails to work hard.
We always ask the players questions and engage them to see if they remember what we taught them yesterday. They did! We asked them what B.E.E.F. stood for and they knew right away. It stands for Balance, Elbow In, Eye Contact, and Follow Through and teaches them the proper form shooting technique. Below Coach Rich is reviewing B.E.E.F. with the Rising Stars as he continues to work on proper shooting technique.
As our veteran Rising Stars learned advanced layup skills, our younger players continue to work on proper lay up footwork. We cater our drills to the level of our players and always make sure to challenge them when they are getting good at a certain skill.
We challenged our veteran Rising Stars to improve on two ball dribbling as well. You will see players working on advanced skills since they have made significant progress on beginner or intermediate drills. Players are at different levels so we advance them at their own pace to ensure they will continue to grow. Some of the drills below are pretty advanced! Our younger players are doing a great job improving too. They are learning to keep their eyes up when they dribble with 2 basketballs.
The video below shows windshield wiper 2-ball dribbling with a partner. We have never done this drill with our Rising Stars before and it is very difficult. These are two of our experienced Rising Stars and they were up for a challenge. They did a great job!
Pick and Roll Offense
The pick and roll is one of the most popular strategies used on offense. We always make it a point to teach our players how to set a pick, use a pick, and roll to the basket. Varsity players Lauren Flynn and Kelly Walsh did an excellent job coaching our players and teaching them how to run a pick and roll. They even showed them how to set up the defender when dribbling. We will teach them pick and roll defense tomorrow since that is equally as important.
Coach Rich taught our Rising Stars some of the basics to covering a player without the basketball. He started them on air and then they progressed to covering another player.
1 Ball Dribbling
Yesterday our players taught the Rising Stars how to do the 3-man weave. Today, they decided to teach them the "Cardinal Drill," which is one of their favorite layup drills. In fact, we do this to warm up for varsity games and many travel and high school teams use this as their warm up drill. We hit over 51% of our layups during this drill. The video shows the Rising Stars being taught by varsity players Kelly Walsh and Lauren Flynn.
We let our younger players shoot from a closer range during this competition, but they follow the same rules as our older players. This was the championship round.
It was a terrific first day of our 4th Annual Rising Stars Summer Camp! See below for videos from our camp. Each Rising Stars either learned or refined a number of skills at our camp. Please feel free to share our blog with a friend since we have a few spots left at our summer camp and have a special offer that is available beginning tomorrow! If your daughter brings a friend or friends (includes siblings) to register and sign-up for camp tomorrow or Wednesday then you will receive a special discount for our fall camp that runs in October and November.
1 friend registered = 1 week free at fall camp
2 friends registered = 2 weeks free at fall camp
3 friends registered = 3 weeks free at fall camp
4 friends or more registered = FREE fall camp!
We hope that you take advantage of this great opportunity and earn a FREE spot at our Fall Camp!
Below you will see our Rising Stars working on a number of different skills to help them become better basketball players. We cater the drills to the level of the players to ensure they grow throughout their week of Rising Stars Camp!
In addition, we gave our 3 awards at our camp: Beat the Pro Champion: Grace Rebello Knockout Champion: Jackie Chapdelaine
Camper of the Day: We give this award out every day to a player that works hard, listen, encourages their teammates, has a great attitude, and improves their game. Today, Lauren Marsh earned our Camper of the Day Award!
Enjoy our videos below and tell a friend!
Hard work beats talent, when talent fails to work hard.
2-ball dribbling encourages players to work on their left and right hand dribbling at the same time. As they improve, we advance the drills to challenge them to become better dribblers.
Triple Threat and Passing
Players learned how to throw a number of different passes and use triple threat position after catching. They even learned an advanced pass called the wrap or step around pass.
The Mikan Drill is very popular at all basketball levels. It teachers players to hit layups from different angles using their left and right hand. It was made popular by former NBA player and Hall of Famer George Mikan.
Rising Stars are learning how to change direction and slide from side to side. We will keep working on this and help them to perfect their stance and eventually defend a person with the basketball.
Some of our more experienced Rising Stars learned the basics of a jump stop
Below: Rising Stars are in the process of learning the proper footwork before shooting a layup. Varsity and former Rising Star Lauren Flynn did a awesome job teaching them how to step before shooting a right handed layup! Wait until Friday, they will really good at it!
We work hard to teach players the proper way to shoot a basketball. Every day at camp players will work on form shooting to learn and refine the basics.
Our Varsity players did such a great job demonstrating the Mikan Drill for our Rising Stars and had a little friendly competition at the same time. Very fortunate to have such great players to set a positive example for our Rising Stars. Not to mention all three are former Rising Stars!
Beat the Pro
Rising Stars competed against some of our players in a fun "Beat the Pro" drill. The game can be played individually or against an opponent.
The "3-man weave" is an extremely popular drill, especially at the youth level. It teach players to pass, catch on the run, and make layups at a fast pace. We taught Rising Stars the basics so they will be prepared if and when their team does the 3-man weave in practice.
Knockout teachers players to step into their shot, follow their shot, and make layups under pressure. It is a fun competitive game that helps players to hone their skills.
Thank you to all the players that participated in Rising Stars Fall Ball. We hope to see you at our summer camp. The dates are going to be Monday July 11th-Friday July 15th at Hamilton-Wenham High School. We will begin advertising our camp after the new year.
Players participated in a variety of competitions on the last day of camp. It was great to see them put together a number of different skills they learned at camp to compete against one another. Below are a few videos from our last week of camp.
Players worked on a number of different skills at Rising Stars Camp this week. At the same time, we always go back to the basics to ensure players are getting enough repetitions on the important skills, such as form shooting. The video you see on the left shows our 4th graders working on proper shooting technique. It is not perfect, but they are working hard to get better. One of our goals is to have every player shooting properly by the time they complete Rising Stars in the 8th grade. The 4th graders are well on their way.
Additional videos of our FUNdamentals stations can be seen below:
I love the teamwork in the above video. They actually went on to do this for over a minute. Last week, they had a difficult time getting it started. Big improvement! In addition, they are working on there two ball dribbling skills and having fun doing it.
Hot Shot Finalists
Hot Shot Winner:
Ally scored 26 points in the 1st 2 rounds and over 20 points in the final round to win.
Camper of the Day
Charlene was our Camper of the Day this week. She has improved her dribbling and shooting skills tremendously the last few weeks of camps. In addition, she sets a positive example for our younger campers.
Our 4th graders are improving their 2-ball dribbling skills every week at Rising Stars Camp. Most, if not all, players at their age tend to dribble with their predominant hand. It is our hope that players will not favor one hand over the other when dribbling. This drill will help them to use both hands equally.
Camper of the Day:
Sydney did a great job at her first day at Rising Stars Camp. She won the around the world competition against the 4th graders and improved her shooting and dribbling skills.
Around the World Competition Winner:
Every time I watch our players execute a jump stop in the video to the left I am more amazed. I am looking forward to seeing their continued improvement over the next three weeks. Learning moves like this at a young age will benefit our Rising Stars as they move up through the ranks. It is much more difficult to learn new moves like this one as you get older. You will also see them working on advanced dribbling moves, and spin moves. Our 4th graders continue to progress as well. Form shooting, dribbling, and layups have improved greatly for these players (see below).
Advanced Cross over moves
Layups and jumpstops
Mikan Competition (Layups)
Winner: Mia Flynn
Mia won our Mikan competition by making 13 layups (left and right) in 30 seconds. When we do this with our players in practice we have them start out by making 20 layups in 30 seconds. Mia's 13 is very impressive for a 6th grader.
Camper of the Day: Nora Gamber Nora won the game of "21" with her group, but more importantly she has worked hard to get better each week. Her lefty layups and dribbling skills have improved the most in the last 3 weeks.
Hard work beats talent, when talent fails to work hard
This is the 3rd year our 6th graders have been with us at Rising Stars Camp and they continue to improve each year. Sunday, we had them demonstrate our two-ball partner drill to the 4th grade group of players. The 4th graders are just learning how to dribble with two basketballs as you will see below. I wanted to show them this advanced drill to demonstrate how far our 6th grade players have come in just a few years. Also, so they can see the types of advanced drills they will be doing in the future. Check out our advanced jump stop station below.
Below are some of the videos we took of the players learning a number of different skills:
Jumpstop w/ a ball fake
The move our 6th graders are working on below is an advanced move that most high school players are not able to do. They are learning how to jump stop to avoid a charge while also creating separation from their defender. The younger they learn the footwork, the easier it will be for them to pick up on the movement. This is not an easy move and they may travel a few times here or there learning the footwork, which is expected. Soon they will be the only players that have perfected this difficult, yet rewarding move. I also taught the 6th graders an advanced in and out crossover dribble that is not shown on video.
Footwork and layups from leftside
Camper of the Day Our camper of the day this week was Ally. Ally is in the 4th grade and has improved a lot in the first two weeks of our camp. Her team won in 2 on 2 and also did well in our team hot shot competition. Additionally, she is good listener and great teammate that wants to get better.
Team Hot Shot Alexis and Capria won our Team Hot Shot Competition by scoring over 19 points in their final round.
I look forward to seeing everyone next week!
"Hard work beats talent, if talent fails to work hard"