PSB PODCAST: Youth Sports Referees – Pick & Pop Series

Each week in the “Pick & Pop” series of the PSB podcast, PSB co-founders, Logan Kosmalski and Brendan Winters, discuss and debate a relevant topic in their world of youth basketball.

Last week, the duo spoke about using social media for college basketball recruitment and personal branding purposes.

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This week, Logan and Brendan talk about the numerous issues surrounding youth sports referees, including the current shortage of officials, referee abuse, how to deal properly with referee frustrations, and more.

Many of the issues in youth basketball, and youth sports in general, revolve around refs, so this is a major problem that needs to be discussed, and hopefully, fixed!

Watch it above or listen below and let us know your thoughts!

BASKETBALL DRILL OF THE WEEK: LAY-UPS

Basketball Lay-up Drill (Video)

The focus for this week’s basketball Drill is layups.

This is a great drill for players to work on finishing around the rim. Players can do it by themselves or it can be done with a group or team.

Step #1: The drill begins with two lines on each of the spots where the sideline and baselines connect.

Step #2: Each line then spins the ball to themselves at the elbow and jump stops.

Step #3: Next, the players do whatever pivot is instructed. For more on this, you can see our forward pivot and reverse pivot drills here.

Step #4: After that, the players then take 1-2 dribbles and finish with whatever layup is instructed. Players can finish with outside hand, inside hand,  reverse layup, floater, etc.

Check out the first 50 seconds of this video for a demonstration. After that, it then moves onto a passing drill.

For more drills, please check out our YouTube youth basketball drills playlist here!

PSB PODCAST: Social Media for Basketball – Pick & Pop Series

Each week in the “Pick & Pop” series of the PSB podcast, PSB co-founders, Logan Kosmalski and Brendan Winters, discuss and debate a relevant topic in their world of youth basketball.

Last week’s episode was about DIII college basketball and piggy-backing off of that is this week’s episode about using social media for basketball, specifically college basketball recruiting.

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NEWS: New York Academic Showcase Basketball Camp (Recap)

New York Academic Showcase Basketball Camp

75 academically driven basketball players descended upon Baruch College in the heart of New York City for PSB’s Academic Showcase Camp on May 12th.  

Players came from Virginia, Indiana, California, North Carolina, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania to showcase their abilities to the many college coaches on staff and in attendance.

The staff for this academic camp consisted of coaches from Williams College, Middlebury College, NYU, Carnegie Mellon University, Washington & Lee University, John Jay College, Hamilton College, Bowdoin College, Babson College and Wesleyan University.  

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These are some of the top academic institutions in the country.

The players had the unique opportunity to be coached by college coaches and participate in college-level skill work, drills and breakdowns.  

PSB Academic Showcases pride themselves on being a learning experience and an opportunity to improve, not just a chance to play games.

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KARL BARKLEY’S CHINA BASKETBALL ADVENTURES: April 2018

KARL BARKLEY'S CHINA BASKETBALL ADVENTURES

April is in the books and with it a lot of new developments for myself and my PSB China basketball adventures. I continued working with students at Golden Apple Middle School (金苹果中学), and began a number of new classes around Chengdu.

When I was not working I sampled more of the local Sichuan cuisine, visited Beijing with my roommates, and started taking Mandarin Chinese lessons.

The month started out well with an office outing to a traditional Sichuan Hot Pot (四川火锅) restaurant. The meal is famous for a simultaneously spicy and numbing sensation caused by the local Sichuan peppercorn.

It is a bizarre feeling, but the flavor wins out and leaves you wanting to try more. The outing was a hit with our group and seemed just as enjoyable for the amused restaurant goers seated nearby watching us deal with the heat.

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