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Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide high quality training to athletes of all levels and help build a strong foundation in life and sports by giving our students the knowledge to succeed in all aspects of life through hard work and discipline. 

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
                                                                            Philippians 4:13

In The Zone Sports Training

 

In The Zone is focused on teaching basketball skills. Closing the gaps in a player's skill level and building a fundamentally sound basketball player with an emphasis on shooting is our highest priority. Our coaches will start teaching from the outside and work their way in.

To better understand our belief in the importance of this approach, read the article below.

The Impact of Winning

 

The impact of winning has left its mark on many young people in the United States.  The Sports environment has created the all too familiar saying, the more you play - the better you get, which in turn, has created year-round sports competition. Young athletes playing year-round with the ongoing pressure of winning at all costs has developed a decline in the fundamental aspect of the game. So their skill levels suffer due to lack of development programs. One research study found (through a survey among female athletes who played basketball on a team from the age of 10 years old through high school) that many ended-up quitting because they were burnt out from the pressures of winning and playing so many games. It didn't matter if they were the best and got offered college scholarships or not, they quit. There are thousands of these kids who never get an opportunity to take that break (between seasons) and develop the proper skills.

On May 22nd, 2002 , the NBA did an article on scouting worldwide for talent. It surprised a lot of people - but not people like Coach John Ercia of Tampa Florida, "We are not teaching our kids how to play the game we're teaching them how to win playing position." In this article, the assistant GM for the Denver Nuggets said, "Europeans know how to play basketball better than most Americans. Fundamentals are stressed from an earlier age," Fredman said. In the U.S., especially in the AAU programs, young kids work on dunking. Over there, you have to know how to shoot it. You have to know how to handle the ball. You have to understand the team game or you don't get to play." It doesn't matter whether you're a 7-footer or 5-foot-5," Benetton Treviso ( Italy ) coach Mike D' Antoni said. "You're going to do the same drills. From the ages of 8, 9, and 10, players work on fundamentals. Coaches start from the outside and work their way in... Shooting is the staple of European basketball. The emphasis on junior coaches isn't to win. Instead, they are judged on how they develop players they've been entrusted with."

In an article written by Mike Celixic, MSNBC on August 21, 2004 about shooting with the U.S. Men's Basketball Team he writes, "It's becoming clear that the reason NBA shooting percentages run around 40 percent and scores are continually declining isn't because of the defense teams play but because nobody can shoot the ball." During the bronze metal game, Mike Breen and Doug Collins, NBA commentators stated, "We have got to do a better job of training our athletes from the ground-up. Our AAU system has not produced shooters and it is obvious by what happened in this year's Olympic Games."

The experience has been to pay to play then all of a sudden the competitive juices start to flow and the player, coaches, and parents become all about winning.

Let's try to keep it in perspective, it's about our youth learning to live and build skills for their future, not to win at all costs now.

Our goal is to work on skill development while holding players accountable.


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