50 All-Stars is a California nonprofit youth basketball organization centralized in Moraga, Walnut Creek, Lafayette, and surrounding areas. We operate year-round and specialize in player development and training utilizing the following categories: Workouts • Team Practices • Private Sessions • Open Gyms • Games • Conditioning • Combines • Clinics • Camps • 4-7 Year Olds • Tryouts

Newsletter #12

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July 1st, 2019The Official Newsletter of 50 All-Stars BasketballIssue #12

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HOW SUMMER'S GONE THUS FAR
Summer is here! And we've been doing big things every single day. We've played games, challenged a slew of players, celebrated some serious milestones, and have adjusted our program to fit an even wider range of players. Make sure that you don't miss out by taking part in all you can while you can. We know there are only so many hours in the day and that you guys sign your kids to do a ton, but know that kids only live once and being tired during the summer is what makes the season so fun! Check out all we're up to with the following nine articles. Hope all is well!
HOMECOURT APP

HOMECOURT APP FOR SHOOTERS

The HOMECOURT APP for iPhone users has been a very pleasant surprise in terms of what I thought a shot-track app could be capable of. The only downside is they don't have a version for Android users, but the upsides are plenty: By just pointing the phone's camera to the court, it automatically tracks every make and miss, it tracks the trajectory of each shot to show you the averages and how you might improve, it tracks your speed to the shot, differentiates between off the dribble shots, catch and shoot, and free throws, and it even allows for you to set monthly goals and follow others who have the app as well.

A few of us have been using it for about 2 months now, and the end result of persuading kids to shoot more shots is invaluable. Speaking of which, the initial cost is FREE... but it's about $5/month to change the 1,000 shots/month cap into unlimited. Extremely worth it in my opinion. IF YOU GET THIS APP, please let me know via email or text so that I can add you to our team within the app so that we can inspire one another.

THE FIVE WEEK CHALLENGE

THE FIVE WEEK CHALLANGE

The FIVE WEEK CHALLENGE has been a wildly successful venture for several of our players. Ben Levy, Finley Chastain, the Bastani brothers, and a few others all gave the challenge a very valiant shot, but it was the two Samoan siblings Troy & Gabby Rickman who did all 35 days perfectly. Notably their mom pushed them every step of the way, but for a 2nd and 4th grader to finish it off with 5 miles, 15 minutes of jump rope, 16 minutes of ball-handling, and over a hundred pushups and several minutes of planks per day is astonishing to say the least.

We're currently putting together a mini-movie detailing the challenge and highlighting all the kids that participated, and we'll send that out to you when it's done. And it's never too late for you to try it as well. The 5 Week Challenge is the most demanding thing we've got. And if that's too much for you, know that we have dozens of challenges listed in our CHALLENGE SECTION for you to attempt.

Congrats to everyone who was a part of this. I'm very proud of each and every one of you!

SUMMER CAMP SEASON

SUMMER CAMP SEASON

Our 3 weeks of summer camp varied from one another in drastic ways, in an attempt to give each player/parent exactly what they wanted and/or needed.

The first week was for our 13-18 year olds, and the focus was heavy on drill work. These were the players who wanted to finally perfect a vast array of moves and details of their game that they couldn't quite get throughout the year. Definitely on the more serious side, we broke the monotony by playing Connect Four during lunch. All in all, the players that attended this camp improved more than they would've during any one week span of the entire year.

The second week was for the 8-13 year olds who just played the ENTIRE TIME. No real details on learning anything, but they had a blast competing and experiencing what's known as the funnest week of the year in our program.

The last week was for the 3-8 year olds who went over the basics and were mostly there to enjoy the sport at its most basic form. The last week is free for even non-members, but they got FAR MORE than their money's worth, as we included a bunch of inspirational challenges to give each kid a mental head start they can use in any realm of life for their entire life.

Camp season is great, and this year was fantastic. Be sure to spread the word so we can grow year by year!

SUMMER SCHEDULE

SUMMER SCHEDULE HAS BEGUN

With the 3 weeks of camp complete, we are no longer going from 9am-3pm each weekday. We will return to our regular 6pm-9pm slate of activities. As always, it's elementary the first hour followed by middle school followed by high school.

During the school year, the occasional player might stay for multiple hours. This is usually the player hell-bent on achieving some pretty fantastic goals in the sport of basketball. The others usually only show to one hour, due to tiredness and/or school work. For these summer months, we invite you all to try your hand at showing to all 3 hours. There's no school, and the kids can rest all day to catch back up.

To us, summer time is the perfect time to grow by leaps and bounds. Plus our elite team leaves town for 3 straight weeks, which will limit how many Friday and weekend workout opportunities we have. So get more than your share of court time by staying for multiple hours.

4th GRADE FOCUS: KAITLYN KINSEY

4th GRADE FOCUS: KAITLYN KINSEY

Kaitlyn just finished her 4th grade year, and has been in our program for a few months. She's a super smart and fierce competitor who is always looking to improve her game. Here's this quarter's FOUR QUESTIONS FOR OUR FOURTH GRADE FOCUS:

Q. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ASPECT OF BASKETBALL? A. Being on defense, because I have a chance to steal the ball.

Q. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ASPECT OF OUR PROGRAM? A. I like the workouts a lot.

Q. HOW DO YOU PLAN ON REACHING YOUR FULL POTENTIAL? A. I plan on using the workout card I got from the program.

Q. WHAT DO YOU NEED TO WORK ON THE MOST? A. I need to improve my rebounding ability by jumping towards the ball rather than waiting for the ball to come towards me.

SUMMER LEAGUE

SUMMER LEAGUE IS ON!

THE SCHEDULE for this summer's local games is on our site now to book. Be sure to get in all the games you can, as summer is a terrific opportunity to expand one's game. There are also a lot of kids out of town, so be prepared for fairly significant playing time as well. The 1st-4th graders will be playing on the STARS 4|3 team, the 5th-6th on the STARS 6|5 team, and the 7th and 8th on the STARS 8|7 team. The elite team will be traveling most of the summer, so they'll just mix in when in town. See you guys soon!

JULY'S ROAD TRIPS

JULY'S ROAD TRIPS

The elite team's TRAVEL SCHEDULE for the month of July is once again out-of-this-world in terms of memory-making moments, but only out-of-the-state in terms of reality. We'll be going to Chicago, Florida, and Arizona as we embark upon the meat of the season. Definitely a chore organization-wise, these events are nothing but amazing fun and the best competition these kids will ever have in their lifetime.

As for our local athletes, you'll still have games in town. Friday, Saturday, and Sundays will be empty in terms of workouts, so be sure to double or triple up on workouts on Monday and Wednesday to make up for it. Right after July is over, we'll have our annual August 2-week break as well.

So let's finish up this summer as strong as we can by getting it started at full speed!

BE BOLD AT OPEN GYMS

BE BOLD AT OPEN GYMS

When you show to OPEN GYMS, be bold!

Be bold by coming ready to play, and by not being afraid to ask for the ball, and by not being afraid to get rebounds if you're not getting the ball.

But you can be even bolder by attempting to stay to play with and against the older groups. As a future superstar, know that it's YOUR JOB to do just that. But know that it's also our job to reject your attempts time and time again until that fortunate day where we need you to play. And then, when that day comes, BE BOLD and play your heart out.

That's the only way I've seen it done by superstars in the past, and probably the only way it will be done henceforth. Go through the frustrations and rejections and blood and sweat and tears to create the player you were truly meant to become. But know that the first step is showing up, because there's only so much you can do from your bed while sleeping in on Saturday mornings.

WHAT TO SHOW UP TO

WHAT TO SHOW UP TO

Our weekly events are plenty, but very often people request that we offer more. When I ask for specifics, they invariably list things we already have in place. These things, however, are on days they don't usually come. The fix is that you should come to a variety of days instead of just one fixed day. That is, if your kid isn't the type to want to show up to every day, just yet.

The CURRICULUM that we've created has an exact list of drills that should create the perfect all-around player, but it's predicated on the thought that each player will attend all 7 days a week for the entire year. We know this isn't possible for many of you, but know that mixing up the days you can show is the best way to experience all we have to offer.

Please let me know if you have any questions.