NEWS: PSB to Host Jr. NBA 3v3 League in Charlotte

pro skills basketball jr. nba 3v3 league charlotte Pro Skills Basketball is excited to announce that we will be hosting one of 10 Jr. NBA 3v3 Leagues around the country right in here in Charlotte!

The Charlotte Jr. NBA 3v3 League will take place on Friday nights between 6-10pm from January 5th to February 9th at Carolina Courts Indian Trail. There are four age groups for boys and girls available for sign up – U10, U11, U12, and U13.

The winning teams from each boys and girls age division will qualify for and have the opportunity to attend the Jr. NBA 3v3 League National Championship in Atlanta, GA at the end of March.

3v3 has made quite a resurgence in recent years, even becoming an official Olympic sport for the 2020 Olympics. The game gives players more opportunity to play basketball with the ball actually in their hands and offers a faster style of play. It’s one of the best tools young players can use to learn to play 5v5 basketball!

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Registration is available for the Jr. NBA Charlotte 3v3 League now. Spots are limited so sign up here today!

In related news, in case you missed it last week, Pro Skills Basketballs is now an official member of the Jr. NBA Flagship Network, which is a network “comprised of 15 best-in-class youth basketball organizations that share the Jr. NBA’s vision for how the game should be taught and played at the grassroots level, and have committed to pursuing the highest standard of operation in the industry.” (Jr. NBA Website)

You can read more about Pro Skills involvement here in a previous press release!

FBI COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCANDAL PART II: HOW IT IMPACTS YOUTH BASKETBALL

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In part one of this blog series on the FBI college basketball scandal, I covered how I believe it could impact NCAA basketball as we know it. However, what many people don’t realize is this will have a tremendous trickle down effect into youth basketball, even at the middle school and elementary school levels. As stated in my previous post, this college basketball investigation could do away with the AAU shoe circuits, much of the showcase/player ranking events, and unqualified youth basketball coaches.

In fact, the college basketball scandal has already begun to affect the elite players from the 2018 recruiting class with many kids de-committing or taking the schools named by the FBI off of their prospective lists, and this is just the start of impact it will have.

The process is going to be long and slow as the FBI and NCAA will continue their investigation into college basketball as coaches will begin to give up more and more information. However, if this scandal is indeed only the “tip of the iceberg”, which I believe it is, then it will have a major impact, beginning with what could be the dissolution of the so-called AAU “shoe circuits”.

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NEWS: PSB Joins Prestigious Jr. NBA Flagship Network

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NBA BRINGS TOGETHER 15 TOP YOUTH BASKETBALL ORGANIZATIONS TO TIP OFF JR. NBA WEEK 

– Weeklong Celebration Begins Today with Launch of New Jr. NBA Parent Initiative & App for Coaches of All Levels –

– Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry and his mother, Sonya Curry, to Introduce New Jr. NBA Parent Initiative on Oct. 11 –

NEW YORK, Oct. 9, 2017 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) tipped off Jr. NBA Week (Oct. 9-16) today by announcing the formation of the Jr. NBA Flagship Network, to provide a more consistent and positive youth basketball experience for players, parents and coaches. Comprised of 15 best-in-class youth sports organizations, members of the network share the Jr. NBA’s vision for how the game should be taught and played at the grassroots level, and have committed to pursuing the highest standards of operation in the industry.  This includes adhering to NBA and USA Basketball Youth Basketball Guidelines, implementing USAB coach licensing requirements and providing resources to educate coaches and parents.

Through the collective reach of the 15 organizations that make up the Jr. NBA Flagship Network, the NBA will help ensure that one million additional youth are playing basketball in an environment that promotes health and wellness, skill development and character education.

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All-in Athletics Pro Skills Basketball Sports Academy
DME Sports Academy Lightning Basketball – Island Garden The Skill Factory
Gold Crown Foundation Open Gym Premier John Muir Health Ultimate Fieldhouse
Grand Park Fieldhouse Point Guard College West Coast Elite
Hoop Heaven Slam City Management Zero Gravity Basketball

The third annual Jr. NBA Week will focus on elevating the game by providing tools and resources to support key contributors to the youth basketball experience – parents and coaches – and will feature events for local youth hosted by all 30 NBA teams.

The new Jr. NBA Parent Initiative, developed in conjunction with the Positive Coaching Alliance, is designed to educate parents and guardians by providing resources to help them better understand the youth basketball ecosystem, while helping to create a positive, healthy experience for their young players. At the outset, the program will feature a series of parent forums held in cities across the country, parent newsletters and educational resources and other helpful recommendations and tips. Ultimately, the parent program will include extensive age-appropriate curriculum designed to help parents and their children navigate the youth basketball landscape.

To launch the new parent program, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and his mother Sonya Curry will join center Zaza Pachulia, Head Coach Steve Kerr, President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Bob Myers, the Jr. Warriors, and the Positive Coaching Alliance to host a special Jr. NBA Tip-Off Event on Oct. 11 at John Muir Health Ultimate Fieldhouse in Walnut Creek, Calif. The event will include a youth clinic, parent workshop and panel discussion for local kids and their families. John Muir Health Ultimate Fieldhouse is an inaugural member of the Jr. NBA Flagship Network.

Finally, the new Jr. NBA Coach App offers coaches at all levels of experience a valuable tool to teach the game in a manner reflective of best practices around player health and wellness, skill development and character education. The app offers Jr. NBA instructional curriculum featuring 250 demonstrational videos with NBA and WNBA players and coaches, and 48 preloaded practice plans designed for various skill levels. The app also includes a unique tool that allows coaches to create custom practice plans by selecting their favorite skills and drills from the Jr. NBA instructional library. The Jr. NBA Coach App is available now for iOS and Android.

The Jr. NBA presented by Under Armour teaches basketball skills as well as the core values of the game at the grassroots level in an effort to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience for players, coaches and parents. For more information, and to register for the Jr. NBA Parent Initiative, visit: https://jr.nba.com/register-now/

CONTACT:

Chantal Romain, NBA Communications, (212) 407-8361, cromain@nba.com

 

 

FBI COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCANDAL PART I: HOW IT IMPACTS NCAA BASKETBALL

College Basketball Corruption ScandalThe FBI college basketball scandal has stunned many people around the US. The NCAA corruption investigation reports that 4 college basketball coaches took bribes in order to funnel their players who were going pro to certain financial managers and other service providers.

It also reports that Adidas and some shoe team coaches, paid money to elite level youth players to go to Adidas schools. For a very clear outline of the college basketball scandal, I would suggest checking this out at SB Nation.

I’m no legal expert, so not here to talk about the legal ramifications or explain in detail the corruption investigation, but having spent the last 6 years involved in the youth basketball world, and specifically the AAU scene through our PSB Club Teams, including the “elite” AAU scene through our PSB Elite teams, I’ve seen and heard about a multitude of shady and corrupt basketball related activities and stories.

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NEWS: PSB Back to China for Clinics & 3v3 Tournament

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Brendan Winters, Director of PSB China, and his brother, Ryan, a former Elon University basketball player and current PSB Charlotte coach will be headed over to China from October 1-9 for a few clinics and a 3 on 3 tournament. This will mark Brendan’s third trip over to China and Ryan’s first.

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Coach Ryan playing at Elon v UNC!

Coach Ryan played at Elon from 2011-15 and has been coaching with Pro Skills Charlotte since he graduated. He had this to say about the China trip: “I’m really excited to go to China for my first time. It sounds like an amazing country and, from what I’ve heard, they love basketball, so it should be a great experience for me. I hope I can make it an awesome experience for the kids we’re coaching as well!”

The duo will start their trip in Chengdu where PSB is operating full-time. On Oct. 2nd, Brendan and Ryan will lead a skills clinic for Chinese players who, the following day, will be taking part in a PSB 3 on 3 tournament. After the clinic and 3 on 3 tournament, the brothers will depart on the 4th to Wenzhou.

On October 5th, Brendan and Ryan will conduct 2 PSB clinics as well as plan the final details with the Wenzhou partners to open up PSB full-time beginning this winter. On the 6th, the 2 coaches will then head to Ningbo, about 2 hours away, for another Pro Skills Basketball clinic.

Finally, the pair will will make their way to Shanghai on October 7th and 8th where they plan to take in the Golden State Warriors v. Minnesota Timberwolves in the final game of the NBA’s annual Global Games.

Pro Skills Basketball is extremely excited about our expansion into China and it’s youth basketball scene. There is so much potential to develop and impact great youth basketball players, and we’re honored to have a chance to play a small part in that.

If you want to read more about Pro Skills Basketball China, please go to our homepage here as well as follow us on Instagram and Twitter accounts!