HSB365 – Beta Invites Going Out This Week!

In case you missed it, here is the welcome email that has and will continue to go out this week.  Parents and players, please make sure to check your email for your invites and instructions.  Your feedback and suggestions will be integral throughout this process.  Any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to reach out.  Cheers!

Welcome to HSB365!

We are honored to have you as part of our initial Beta test group!

There is still plenty of work to be done, but with your help, we are confident we can provide players around the world with the most comprehensive online training experience ever offered.

As is always the case with new Beta app development, you may encounter some functional issues while using the site. We are hard at work fixing all known issues as quickly as possible and your feedback is central to this cause.  Should you encounter any errors or issues, please email us with a detailed description and screenshot of the issue experienced at info@hsb365.com.

Also, as this is a closed test group, some functionality has been disabled – (for example, don’t be alarmed if your Facebook and Twitter sharing tools are not operating correctly as they have been turned off.)

Once you’ve logged in, you will see three (3) “Test Videos’ with corresponding Workout Sheets, and corresponding interactive Forum posts for your review and enjoyment. The way that this content will be edited and created in the future will be very much based on the feedback we receive from you, our valued Beta Test Group.

All of your thoughts, suggestions, and feedback are very much appreciated!

Thank you again, in advance, for your cooperation in this process and happy training!

-HSB365 Team-

Elevate Your Game With Training Tips From HSBCAMPS – Triangle Shooting Drill

For this edition of “Elevate Your Game” training tips, I have decided to give you guys and gals one of my favorite drills. Although I didn’t learn this until my Colorado days with Joe Wolf and the 14ers, this is a drill that I still work on to this day. It accomplishes many things, challenging shooters mentally and physically as well as enhancing their normal every day workout.

Let me preface this by saying it has been my experience that most young players want to be a good shooter but they don’t know how. They spend hours upon hours, shooting jumpers that in no way will enhance their game or their ability to hit the big shot down the stretch. YOU MUST CHALLENGE YOURSELF EVERYTIME YOU WALK ONTO THE FLOOR. If there is one thing that I took from my short-lived professional career, it is that college guys go hard, pro guys go even harder. If you miss, you run. Crazy to think about considering in the history of the game there has never been a 100% shooter ever. It’s not possible! However, in my opinion (which means absolutely nothing) if you shoot and challenge yourself as if every shot will go in, your percentage and confidence will significantly improve (for all the Kobe haters out there, this is what makes Kobe so good. He thinks every shot is going in even if he misses 50 in a row).

Although this drill doesn’t have a specific name or maybe I am just not aware of it, it is incredibly effective and frustrating at the same time. Enjoy and don’t drive yourself too crazy with this one. Once you have mastered this, shoot me a note and I will give you some creative ways to tweak it and challenge yourself even more.

For the sake of giving it a name, we will call this “Triangle Shooting”. You will need 3 cones, a ball, and a partner. As shown in the diagram, set up a cone just off the baseline (mid range area represented by the 1), place another cone on the sideline (as shown), and place your third cone on the strong side elbow (represented by the number 2). Depending on the type of shooter you are or you consider yourself to be, set a realistic goal to hit every time you do this drill. For example when working with Joe, we were usually going for between 7-9 makes. I would suggest you set your goals lower to start as the running can add up very quickly.

The shooter will make his or her way from the baseline spot to the elbow via the sideline (shoot from the baseline, touch the sideline, shoot from the elbow, touch the sideline, then back to the baseline, etc.) pushing themselves as hard as possible to represent actual game speed. You don’t walk in a game so don’t practice that way. The harder you work, the better player you will become. Say your goal is 5. You will maneuver back and forth between the two spots until you hit 5 shots total. Here’s the catch. Every time you miss, you run a down and back sprint (go 5 for 13 you’ve got a lot of running to do). You will either become a great shooter, or a great runner but the choice will be up to you. The difference between making and missing is very much in your head so challenge yourself to stay mentally tough. Running will not hurt you (although it may suck) but it will challenge you and push you to make everything you shoot.

Now do the same thing using both elbows and the half court line as your three spots represented above. Once again the same rules apply and your goal is to hit all of your shots as quickly as possible. While working with your partner, try and get through this quickly. By that I mean, as soon as you complete your goal, run your sprints, and immediately switch roles with your partner (passer / shooter). Then move to the top of the key as shown above.

Finish by doing the same as round one from the opposite side of the floor (shown above). My recommendation to all of you would be to go all the way through and then all the way back with this (6 total shooting runs). This will get you in shape, challenge your mind, and represent game like shots . . . or it will make you hate your life. I guess the choice is up to you :). GOOD LUCK and let me know how it goes.

Elevate Your Game With Training Tips From HSBCAMPS: Form Shooting

The wait is over! Constantly hit up the last few weeks by young men and women eager to enhance their skills, I am proud to announce that our blog will now serve as a platform for weekly drills and training tips. These drills will not only challenge our network of young athletes, but encourage them to utilize and take advantage of every minute they spend on the court. Stop wasting time and start making a difference. Kicking off our “Elevate Your Game Training Series” I have decided to start with something basic yet effective; Form Shooting.

Be honest, when you step onto the court to work on your shot, the first place you go is the three point line? Maybe not every time but it has definitely happened more than once. I think I can safely say that everyone would like to be a good shooter but most people don’t know how. Shooting in my opinion, consists of three main components: form, repetition, and the biggest of the three is confidence. I remember speaking to a group of camp participants last year about Boston Celtic Ray Allen, and his incredibly poor performance in the NBA Finals a few years ago. He couldn’t buy a bucket. Although I am a huge Celtic hater (lol), my point was not to bash on Ray. Ray didn’t forget how to shoot (he is perhaps the best shooter to ever play the game). Rather he lost his confidence and as a shooter myself I know that all the practice in the world will be for nothing if you don’t have confidence.

Form Shooting was introduced to me as a high school player and something I worked on far into my collegiate and semi professional career. Although I was born with the ability to shoot the heck out of the basketball, I still found myself constantly working to improve. I would begin every workout with Form Shooting, standing no more than three feet from the basket to get my shot warm. Here’s how it works:

Form Shooting’s purpose is to train players to shoot with the correct form. Begin by standing 3 feet from the basket (spots are numbered 1-5 above). From each of the 5 spots:
1.) Make sure your feet are square to the rim and about shoulders width apart.
2.) Make sure your elbow is in and straight. Do not shoot with your elbow out.
3.) Bend your knees.
4.) Work on finishing high and holding your follow through, finishing every shot with your hand pointed at the basket.
DO NOT USE THE BACKBOARD and instead try and swish everything. Your goal is to make 5-10 shots from each of the 5 spots before moving on to the next. See how many shots it takes you to make 10.

Move back! From around 6 feet out, do the exact same thing. Make sure that you are still maintaining the correct form. Repetition is the key to this drill. You are training your body to break bad habits and shoot with proper form. If you would like to challenger yourself a little bit, make a consequence (push-ups or running) for every time you miss. For example set your goal at 7 makes. Every time you miss, do 3 push-ups. So if it takes you 15 tries to hit 7 shots, you would do 24 push-ups. Do the push-ups at the end before you move on to the next spot instead of stopping every time you miss.

Keep moving back! Every time you complete a round of 5 spots, move back a few more feet. Remember, only move back as far as you can while maintaining proper shooting form. If you find yourself struggling to maintain your form, go back to where you are comfortable shooting. TIPS: Your power as a shooter is in your legs. If you are missing short, it is most likely a result of not using your legs and trying to use your arms too much.

Form Shooting is great to do a couple times a week, and an excellent way to warm up your shot every time you arrive at the gym. You will begin to notice significant changes in your shot if you are doing this effectively and often. Your shooting percentage will improve, your form will improve, your confidence will go up, and if you have accepted my challenge and have made consequences for yourself, you will get stronger (from all the push-ups). Hope this is helpful, have fun with it, and stay tuned for more drills and training tips to come.