Q & A Forum
Experienced coaches are ready to answer your basketball questions! Visit our forum
Announcing June 15 - 17, 2018
Breakthrough Basketball Skill Development Camp in Boston, Massachusetts
With NBA Development Coach, Don Kelbick & Former NBA player, Bob Bigelow!
We're excited to announce that we have secured a gym in Boston, Massachusetts and have arranged for Don Kelbick & Bob Bigelow to conduct a 3 day basketball camp teaching players and coaches the principles of Motion Offense.
This is an incredible opportunity for both players and coaches to spend 3 days with Don Kelbick & Bob Bigelow learning the same strategies that the pros use.
This camp is for serious players - both boys and girls.
What will players learn?This camp uses the Attack & Counter Skill Development System and incorporates Motion Offense to help you develop the KEY skills that you need to become a great basketball player.
You will learn the same critical and universal skills that Don & Bob teach to NBA & youth players. These fundamental skills are universal for all levels.
What is a motion offense?What is a motion offense? Don't all offenses have motion? These are good questions.
Yes, all offenses should have some type of motion to them. But where does that motion come from? If there are a series of pre-planned cuts and passes, then what you have is some type of set offense. It can be a continuity offense, such as a shuffle offense, or a system offense, such as the UCLA High-Low Post. It could be a quick hitter offense, with 1 or 2 passes and a couple of cuts designed to get a particular player a shot in a designated place.
A motion offense is a free form offense that has no pre-planned cuts or passes. Rather it has rules and options. Motion offenses are often called "Read and React" offenses. Where set offenses have pre designed passes and cuts, a motion offense gives players a choice of what to do depending on what the player sees the defense do. No two motion offenses are alike. One motion offense can change from game to game, even half to half, depending on how it is defended. Pass and screen, pass and cut, curl and pop, inside-out, flare and cut -- this is the language of the motion offense.
A motion offense uses the skills of its players and tries to mesh them into a five man blur that is difficult to defend. While there are great players playing inside of motion offenses, the true trait of a good motion offense is the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. A lesser player uses the strengths of the stronger players to raise the level of his game. Each player is called upon to do only what he is good at and depends on his teammates to help him do so. He, in turn, helps his teammates do what they excel at.
The key to motion offenses is constant movement. Not just one player moving, but all players and the ball moving. Not just moving but moving with a purpose. Each cut predicates an action by the other 4 players. Each defensive overplay dictates a counter by the offense.
Motion offenses are simple to run and fun to play. With the right attitudes and group of players, a motion offense can be an effective and potent weapon.
Better Player Development & Fundamentals - With a motion offense, you can spend more time in skill development due to the fact that there no plays to practice and there is more time to spend on playing basketball!
Running a motion offense allows you to develop a complete player. Because the offense demands fundamental skills in the 3 offensive areas (shooting, passing, ball handling), player development becomes more universal. Sure, your posts should work on post moves and your guards will work on their specific skills, but on the whole, positions can work on their skills together and do the same drills. Players with more limited range (such as post players) will just shoot a little closer to the basket, but ball handling and passing drills will all be the same. It is easy to construct drills that not only improve skills but reinforce basic tenets of the offense. For example, practicing your perimeter jump shots off of screen downs not only gets you shot repetitions but also simulates a motion action.
When you run a motion offense, your breakdown drills become multi purpose. 3 on 3 work, live defensive drills, fast break drills all become drills to improve your motion offense skills.
Specific topics covered with motion offense:
- Ball Handling
- Down Screens Actions
- Cross Screens Actions
- Flare Screens Action's
- Game Actions
- 2 man Actions
- 3 man actions
- Ball Screen Actions
- Roll and Pop actions
- Screen and Roll
- Live 2 Man Games
- Live 3 man games Live 4 man games
You will learn how to improve your footwork. This is probably the most under-practiced, misunderstood, and most important skill of all. You will learn how to practice footwork in a completely new (and simpler) way. You'll also learn how footwork carries over into games and how it makes you better.
During the camp, players will learn Don's Attack and Counter Strategy. As the name implies, this system encourages an aggressive mentality. Players will learn important mental aspects of the game including aggressiveness, building confidence, reducing the fear of failure, shooting mentality, work ethic, how to be mentally tough, more focused, and get an edge on the competition.
Post Moves and Finishing Inside
Learn the proper footwork, mentality, and strategies to score in the post and various situations near the basket. This applies to both guard and post players. There is a heavy emphasis on footwork and you'll learn how to become a more dominate scorer inside.
Perimeter Moves (The New Triple Threat)
Learn how to apply Attack and Counter Fundamentals when you catch the ball on the perimeter. You will learn how to improve your perimeter moves, footwork, and become very difficult to guard -- allowing you to easily beat your defender from triple threat, score more points, and become a more valuable player.
You will learn how the Attack and Counter Fundamentals allow you to easily beat defenders off the dribble, create space for your shot, and score off the dribble. This allows you to create space, make good decisions, and get your shot off when you want.
Learn how to improve your ball-handling skills -- this includes dribbling, passing, decision making, and reducing turnovers.
Fast Break Skills
Learn proper footwork in fast break situations and improve your ability to score in transition. You'll improve footwork, mentality, and ability to score on the run.
Learn how to improve your footwork and mentality to increase your shooting percentage. Through high rep shooting drills, Don will teach you how to be more consistent and effective with your feet, how to be more confident, how to be mentally tough, and how to become a better shooter.
Screening and Cutting - Getting Open
Learn how to move without the ball and get open so you can score more points. Don will teach you proper footwork and concepts when using screens and cutting. No matter what team you play for, learning how to read screens and move without the ball will help you get more easy scoring opportunities. This is an important skill for all players to learn. Don will teach you how to move without the ball, get open for easy shots, and score on the move.
As you can see, this clinic focuses heavily on footwork and mentality, which we believe are the two most important aspects to becoming a better player.
We promise that players and coaches will learn dozens of new tips and techniques that will make them better. Don's methods are very simple, yet unique. You just won't get this stuff in other places.
It's all about helping you develop the KEY skills that you need to become a great basketball player.
Format of the CampYou will learn these fundamental skills by participating in a "Show and Go" format...
Show - During the camp Don Kelbick (NBA development coach) will show you the key drills and the skills you need to work on. He will explain and demonstrate the key details of each specific skill to the entire group. He will teach you the skills, strategies, and concepts. He'll show the "little things" that are important.
Go - Then you'll break off into groups to work with designated coaches in your area. There will be other coaches helping you with break down drills. Don will also walk around working with players and coaches at this time. You will work hard at practicing the new skill and learning how to incorporate the skill into games.
This will be repeated throughout most of the camp as we introduce new skills and concepts.
We will run lots of drills and players will get lots of repetitions. You'll get LOTS of touches with the ball and it will be fast paced.
After skills are practiced, we will also put players in competitive break down drills. This allows players to apply and refine their newly-learned skills. Most of the competitive break downs are lots of fun, but they are different (and we believe more effective) than the standard 5-on-5 games that you see at other camps.
What Will Coaches Learn?You will learn the same things as the players. As an "observing coach" you can view the entire camp and take notes. You'll pick up lots of new drills, fundamentals, and strategies that will give you an edge over the competition. We guarantee you will learn lots of new things from Don Kelbick.
How is This Camp Different Than Other Camps?You'll experience 5 key differences in this camp:
- You get to work with an NBA development coach. How many players get to do that?!!
- 99% of the camp is focused on skill development and competitive situations. Many of the camps these days play a lot of 5-on-5 games and do little skill development. Sure that can be fun and you need to get game experience... BUT do you really think most of your improvement happens during games? Of course not. You still need to play in game-like situations to apply your newly-learned skills, but most of the off-season should be spent on skill development.
Great players became great by practicing skills. We want you to get better so we focus on skills and put you in competitive situations. Most of the competitive break downs are lots of fun, but it's different than the standard 5-on-5 games that you see at other camps.
- You will learn how to practice on your own! Don is a firm believer that it's important to teach you how to practice on your own. He believes that "knowledge is power". He strives to teach drills that you can use at home or in the gym on your own.
- You will learn about new and unique drills, concepts, and skills that you probably won't see anywhere else. Don has a unique, out-of-the-box method to teaching basketball skills. Not to mention he understands a lot of critical concepts that few coaches, players, and parents understand. He will teach you something new, guaranteed.
- You learn about footwork and mentality which is rarely taught or understood by players and coaches. You will learn a very unique and simple way to apply the same footwork to post moves, perimeter moves, dribbling moves, getting open, using screens, playing defense, and more.
Who can attend?The camp is for male and female high school players, and mature 7th & 8th graders. No exceptions are made for younger players.
This is for SERIOUS basketball players that want to get better. You can play games anywhere, so we focus on things you can't just pick up anywhere. We focus on developing skills that will make you better!
Coaches that want to learn and pick up new drills can also observe (coaches can find more info below).
Who is Don Kelbick?
Some of Don Kelbick's credentials include:
- Traveled to over 20 different countries training players and teaching basketball.
- Conducted over 1000 basketball clinics and camps training players of all age levels.
Don Kelbick is a long time contributor to Breakthrough Basketball developing dozens of articles, products, and providing ongoing consultation for the site. He also runs the Attack and Counter Skill Development Camps which are offered nationwide.
Don currently lives in Miami Florida training players and running the Drillz N Skillz Basketball Academy He has worked with a variety of great players including Raja Bell, Carlos Arroyo, Rasual Butler, and many other college and NBA players.
Who is Bob Bigelow?
Friday June 15, 2018 -- 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Saturday June 16, 2018 -- 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday June 17, 2018 -- 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Each session is limited to 60 players to ensure a high number of repetitions and improvement
Winchester High School
80 Skillings Road
Winchester, MA 01890
Travel and Accommodation Options
Camp attendees can get a 10-15% discount by using this link and booking any hotel owned by the Wyndham Hotel Group (Days Inn, Ramada, Baymont, Microtel, Super 8, Howard Johnson, Travelodge, Knights Inn and Wingate). Find a nearby Wyndham hotel and get the Breakthrough Basketball discount.
$245 $196 (20% early bird discount expires April 15th!)
Players - Sign Up Now to Reserve Your Spot:Fill out this form to sign up and reserve your spot:
Coaches can attend for free by working the camp. Email us if you're interested in helping with the camp.
Otherwise there is a $97 fee to attend as an "observing coach". You will get to learn new drills and techniques from Don Kelbick & Bob Bigelow, just like all the players and other coaches in attendance. Visit this link to reserve your spot as an observing coach.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email us or request a phone call.
Breakthrough Basketball, LLC.