BEAST develops an understanding of the physical, mental and emotional preparation that must take place to become a competitive basketball player.
What gives athletes a better chance to make the high school team as a freshman: training or playing games?
TRAINING vs AAU CLUBS
Focus on your shooting, dribbling, passing, footwork, and defense
Get up 1000s of shots while developing mechanics
Spend hours on skills repetition... and still scrimmage
Train locally & keep your weekends
Coaches are motivated to create better players
Allows time to be a multi-sport athlete
The average player touches the ball 1 minute, 47 seconds/game.
Little time spent on fundamentals & basic skills
More expensive and time-consuming - with less benefit
It doesn't matter if your team is great if you're not
More prone to injury or burnout
There's a place for training AND games. But if you spend all year playing with AAU teams, you'll never stop to improve on your fundamentals and only cement your bad habits.
It's not one or the other. Spend time training this Spring and Summer - even if you also join a team.
Carlos Humphrey has decades of coaching and training players at every level, from grade school to the NBA and WNBA. He has coached and trained boys and girls, men and women, high school and AAU athletes, and new and experienced players. In fact, he's trained many of the Seattle-area coaches.
In his experience, athletes spend too much time playing games and not enough time stopping to learn and practice the fundamentals needed to make sound players.
BEAST is no longer affiliated with Shoreline Sports Foundation.