NEWS: PRO SKILLS BASKETBALL NOW OFFICIAL USA BASKETBALL YOUTH ORGANIZATION

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What Does it Mean to be an Official USA Basketball Youth Organization?

Pro Skills Basketball is extremely excited to announce we are now an official USA Basketball Youth Organization! Over that past year or two, USA Basketball has been attempting to change youth basketball for the better by developing a youth basketball coach licensing and organization accreditation program. Of course any time there is an organization like USA Basketball attempting to positively impact youth basketball, we want to be involved and help spread the word!

After hearing about the the coach licensing and organization accreditation program, researching it further, and talking with USA Basketball Youth Development Director, Jay Demings, about it, we decided to fly out to Las Vegas to attend their first ever “Coach Academy” to learn more about everything. While there, we attended a coaching clinic, which covered our classes needed to obtain our coach licenses and got to meet many of the USA Basketball Youth Development staff involved in the project. It was an awesome experience!

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My USA Basketball Coach License!

There, we learned about the benefits to getting a coaching license as well as becoming an accredited organization and decided to pursue all of it further for Pro Skills Basketball. Some of the benefits include:

  • Access to their Youth Development Guidebook
  • Online youth basketball resources
  • An organization profile page
  • Their online community

In order for organization’s of all sized to be accredited, all of their coaches must obtain their USA Basketball Coach License, which means each coach must take two online courses as well as pass a background check. This was a no-brainer for us – our coaches got the chance to continue their basketball and child safety education as well as had to pass a background check (although we were already doing the checks)!

Our Pro Skills Basketball directors and coaches immediately bought into the idea, and after a month or two of taking classes and passing background checks, ALL of our directors and coaches now have their Youth Coach License and we, Pro Skills Basketball, are now a USA Basketball Official Youth Organization!

If you’re a coach who wants to get licensed or have an organization that wants to become accredited, go to the USA Basketball Youth Development website and start the process today! As for us, we can’t wait for what the future holds with USA Basketball leading positive change in the often crazy world of youth basketball!

Interested in participating in one of our cities’ programs? We have skill development programs in Boston, Charlotte, Denver, Greensboro, Philadelphia, and Sacramento. Click on the city pages to see the offerings in each city!

FINDING THE RIGHT AAU TEAM

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Need Help Choosing the Right AAU Team for Your Child?

Finding the right AAU team for your child can be difficult. There are so many AAU options out there in the youth basketball world today. Navigating through these options can be confusing, overwhelming, and frustrating for parents. There are many different factors to take into account when choosing an AAU basketball team that fits well not only with your child, but also with your family’s values. But don’t worry! Having been involved with AAU basketball full-time for the last 4 years as the Co-founder and Director of PSB Select in Charlotte NC, I am here to help try to answer some of those questions and concerns.

Below are a list of factors you should take into account when deciding on the right AAU basketball team for your child.

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5 NEW YEAR BASKETBALL RESOLUTIONS

New Year BasketballWith 2015 just about over and the New Year upon us, it’s that time of year when everyone starts to think about their New Year’s resolutions. As a full-time youth basketball coach, I’ve come up with 5 New Year basketball resolutions for youth basketball players and parents that can make 2016 your best basketball year yet. The below basketball resolutions are not easy, but I do believe they will add value to any youth basketball player or parent who commits to them!

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BRENDAN WINTERS HARDWOOD HUSTLE BASKETBALL PODCAST

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I had a great opportunity to chat with some of the best in the youth basketball industry, Adam Bradley and Alan Stein of the Hardwood Hustle Basketball Podcast, about my basketball career and the history of Pro Skills Basketball. There is a lot of good information here, and you can listen to the actual Hardwood Hustle episode or read the transcription below.

Looking back, Logan and I are really proud of what Pro Skills Basketball has been able to bring to our basketball communities, which now includes several cities, such as Charlotte, Greensboro, Sacramento, Denver, Philadelphia, and Boston! We are also extremely thankful for our great staff, parents, coaches and players who we have built tremendous relationships with over the years, and without, wouldn’t be where we are today. Lastly, special thanks to Alan and Adam for having me on the Hardwood Hustle. It was an awesome opportunity and experience. They are two of the best in the business, and do an amazing job promoting youth basketball! So without further ado, enjoy….

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5 WAYS FOR GIRLS BASKETBALL PLAYERS TO LEAD

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Courtney Willis boxing out while playing professionally in Europe.

When it comes to playing basketball, most girl basketball players believe they are at a disadvantage. Believing that you are shorter, not as fast or strong as an opposing player, is your first disadvantage. I was taught at an early age that it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog (my high schools mascot was the bulldog after all).

I was never the most skilled player on the court. I didn’t shoot 3’s, and I was easily 20+ pounds less than the other post players I was guarding. I was 6’2 with the body of a wing and never faced the basket. I never once thought I couldn’t guard a girl bigger than me. I never once thought that I couldn’t get a rebound over someone taller than me. And I never once thought someone else was going to out hustle me. NEVER!

From my experiences, I have come up with 5 ways for girl basketball players to lead their team without being the most talented player, and if you are the most talented, GREAT – you should be doing these things anyway!
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