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Announcing April 13 - 15, 2018
Breakthrough Basketball Shooting Camp in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania!
Elite Skills Coach, Cameron Nichols!
** Early bird special -- sign up before February 18th and get 20% off **
With this 3 day camp in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania your shooting percentage will go up, your mechanics will improve, and your shooting range will increase! In addition to all of this, we will focus on confidence, mental toughness, hard work, smart work, and other intangibles to develop great shooters.
Topics Covered In the Shooting Camp
Foundation of Shooting
This is the first step in becoming a great shooter. Some players will progress through this stage quickly, while others will need to spend a bit more time to correct some bad habits. You will also learn:
- How your stance could actually be causing your shot to go left and right and how to fix it.
- Why the parallel stance may not be the right fit for you.
- How your legs and not just your follow through can actually cause a flat shot.
- The proper release point and follow through.
- How inflexibility in your legs can affect your shot in a negative way.
- Learn the Steve Nash adjustment that allows players to shoot accurately from further distances.
Shooting Off of the Catch (Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kyle Korver, Kevin Durant)
After we have built a great shooting foundation, we will progress to shooting off of the catch. You will learn:
- How to make your shot quicker.
- The mentality to making your shot quicker.
- The proper body position for every shot off of the catch.
- The proper footwork for different situations during the game.
- The proper hand position to create consistency and accuracy.
- How to pull up out of the fast break.
Shooting Off of the Dribble (Russell Westbrook & Kyrie Irving)
As the levels go up, it's very important to add a pull up jump shot off of the dribble. This gives you the ability to score as defenders rush out to defend the initial shot. You will learn:
- The often ignored, but important progressions for the shot off of the dribble learned from legendary Hal Wissel who coached in the NBA.
- Learn how to properly pick up the basketball and how doing it the wrong way could be causing your shot to miss to the left and the right.
- Learn how the pace of the dribble can make your shot quicker.
- Learn how to properly execute the sweep and step through to create space from your defender.
- Learn the mentality needed to have a successful pull up jump shot and how the wrong mentality can be easily defended.
Learn Advanced Shooting Techniques Used by the Pros
You will learn the keys to a quick release used by the pros such as Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry. You will learn the Michael Jordan 1-2 step used to create space and hit the open jumper.
You will learn the details required to be successful with these advanced moves. If you're not ready for the advanced moves yet, we have a system setup that will progress players at the proper rates.
Why Should Your Child Attend Camps & Clinics?
With many youth basketball teams, the trend over the past couple decades has been to play more games and do less skill work. While games are important, your child needs a healthy balance of game time and practice time. The problem with more games and less practice is that your child will touch the ball much less. With more touches, your child becomes a better basketball player.
With all things being equal, we'll break down a typical 32-minute game:
32 x 5 = 160 total minutes for a team of 8 players.
160 minutes / 8 players = 20 minutes per player.
20 minutes per player / 2 = 10 minutes of time that your team is on offense.
10 minutes / 5 players = That means your child is only touching the ball for two minutes per game!!
During our typical skill sessions, the player will have the ball in their hands 60 to 90 minutes. That means you have to play 30 to 45 games to touch the ball as much as a player would during one of our skill sessions.
Also, during a typical game, you're lucky if your child gets 10 shots. During our skill sessions, they should get anywhere from 100 to 300 shots.
Shouldn't My Child Get Plenty of Skill Work During Team Practices?
Yes, they should be, but they are probably not. On top of getting limited gym time (typically 1 to 3 hours per week), most youth coaches will barely get enough time to teach team offense and team defense. As a result, very little time is spent on getting better at individual skills such as, ball handling, shooting, footwork, and other basketball skills.
Now you probably see the importance of skill work outside of team practices and games.
Who Can Participate?
This camp is for boys & girls 5th-12th grades, ages/skill levels will be separated.
Who is Cameron Nichols?
Coach Cameron Nichols will be entering his second season as an assistant men's coach for Saginaw Valley University. The school made history last season, marking the first time that the team has had three consecutive seasons with at least 17 wins
Prior to coaching at Country Day, Cameron was the head coach at Detroit Renaissance High School for six years, where was named the MHSAA Region 2 Coach of the Year in 2008 after leading the team to a district crown. They claimed two PSL West League championships under his direction. Thirteen of Nichols's players from Renaissance played collegiate basketball, including 10 of whom competed in the GLIAC
During his high school coaching tenure, Nichols coached elite travel team basketball with the REACH Legends youth basketball program. Nichols has been involved with Elite basketball camps around the state, including the Michigan Elite 25 camp and the Reaching Higher Showcase. He has run Coach Cam's Elite 90 Shooting Session, which is one of the top tier shooting camps in the Midwest
Cameron, an alumnus of Saginaw Valley State University, played four years for the Cardinals from 2000-2003. He was named the Thoroughbred Award winner his junior season. Cameron was honored with the Senior Award in 2003 and was named the GLIAC Player of the Week in February of that year. Nichols was also named the team's Most Improved Player in both his freshman and sophomore season
This will be Coach Nichols second year with Breakthrough Basketball
Friday April 13, 2018 -- 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Saturday April 14, 2018 -- 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Sunday April 15, 2018 -- 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Each session is limited to 60 players to ensure a high number of repetitions and improvement
Pro Sports Monroeville
855 MacBeth Dr
Monroeville, PA 15146
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.
$225 $180 (20% early bird discount expires February 18th!)
Players - Sign Up Now to Pre-Register:Sign up now to pre-register which will get you on a priority list to submit final registration to guarantee your spot. Final registration and payment will be accepted on 1/10/2018
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 Cameron Nichols, 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.
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