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Drills for Skills now at 212 Sports! (Ages 6-10 years old)

FAST Basketball Academy's Drills for Skills will consist of players learning different spots on the court, individual skill work, and improving their fundamentals of team basketball. Players will be challenged through situations that will help teach them how to be more productive when they get in a game setting. Our goal with Drills for Skills is to provide a quality program that will teach the game with a level of competition as well as an element of excitement. FAST believes that if our players develop a love for the game they will be hungry for more information.

You can choose several different ways to participate! 

Cost:

1X per week for 1 Month= $65

2X per week for 1 Month =$120

Drop - in = $20

Times: Every Monday & Wednesday 4pm-4:50pm

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Maplewood Skill Clinic -Sign Up Instructions

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Maplewood Skill Clinic -Sign Up Instructions

Hoopers -

Starting in one week, FBA will be conducting Skill Clinics twice a week at Maplewood Elementary School. The sessions are 45 minutes long and focus on ball handling, open court moves and shooting mechanics. Skill sessions are taught in a fast paced, positive, and constructive format. The clinics will be challenging and we will push your daughters to go outside their comfort zone as they master new skill sets. The result is a fundamentally sound player who begins to understand the game of basketball at a higher level than when she first started. 

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**Please note: If you have never enrolled for a FAST tryout, clinic or camp you will be prompted to create a Mindbody account. Maplewood Youth Clinic can be found under the Online Store option once you have created a Mindbody account. Please see the screen shots below for visual assistance.**

 

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#NikeYoungAthletes

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#NikeYoungAthletes

In case you may have missed it, our 5th and 6th grade #FASTgirls were at Nike World Headquarters at the end of August for a Lebron James and Young Athletes campus activation event. There were a couple thousand people who attended the event and the girls played in the middle of campus on courts that Nike built out special for the occasion. The girls and coaches had a ton of fun and will remember this day forever! 

We are blessed and thankful to Nike for inviting our girls to participate in this amazing event with one of the best players in the game, King James! Below is a video that captures the day.

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Fortune Favors the Bold

The last month has been an exceptionally amazing one at FAST. Our top girls team, FAST Elite Red spent the final 10 days of the July college viewing period together battling teams in New Orleans and Atlanta. This team consisted of girls from the Eugene area, Salem, Portland, West Linn, Vancouver, and Central Washington. Our final tournament in Atlanta, our team won the 17U division of Adidas Nationals! This was an extremely proud and awesome moment for the girls and for the FAST program. As the FAST girls program has grown, I have been extremely encouraged by the positive impact that our program can make on girls from the Pacific Northwest. 

My mission and passion with FAST has always been to provide comprehensive skills training,  performance training, and competitive teams to gain exposure to top colleges in high level tournaments. There is no hidden agenda, the only agenda is to provide a kick ass environment where girls can come together to compete and in the process become better young women. My goal is to help and reach as many girls as I can and this requires a great deal of time and energy. Running a successful 6A program at West Linn and running our FAST girls skills academy, performance training, and club teams has become an impossible task to do concurrently. As a result, I made the decision to step down at West Linn so I could focus my time and energy into growing the FAST girls program. This decision is bittersweet because there is a tremendous amount of talent coming up the junior high ranks that I have had the opportunity to work with, along with a very strong core of girls at the high school right now. I never like to step away from a goal before I have had a chance to see it all the way through but resigning my head coaching position will allow me to reach and impact girls from all over the State of Oregon, not just West Linn. That said, I want it to be clear, there are great things in store for West Linn High School and I will be in the stands to cheer the girls on. 

The purpose of this post is to clear up any rumors or misconceptions as to why I stepped away from my head coaching position at West Linn High School. I have been faced with many hard decisions in my life, and I have learned to relish being uncomfortable... it always means that I am growing in some way. I teach this lesson to my players consistently, and I live and breathe it in my own life. This was a hard decision and an uncomfortable one. But it also means that there is opportunity for another coach to take over a solid West Linn program and I can focus my time and energy into my FAST girls program. The future is bright and I am excited and encouraged about what lies ahead! 

 

 

 

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August FBA Youth Camp

FAST Basketball Academy (FBA) will be offering an August Summer camp at our 212 location for kids ages 6-14 years old. We will have two sessions each day. Our camp will run Monday, August 3rd thru Thursday August 6th. Session 1 is from 8am-10am for players 6 years old to 10 years old (Cost $99). Session 2 is from 11am-1pm for players 11 years old to 14 years old (Cost $110). This camp is for both boys and girls. 

Our FBA 212 Youth Camp will be focusing on stationary ball handling, foot work, shooting mechanics, open court moves, and introduction to Performance Training. We will be using our Vertimax and Dr. Dish Shooting machine during camp. The goal is for the players who participate to learn how each drill and fundamental connects together and builds into being a complete basketball player. To sign up click here  ->August 212 Youth Camp<-. **If you have never enrolled in one of our FBA clinics or camps, you will be prompted to create a Mindbody account. The August 212 Youth Camp can be found under the Online Store option once you have created a Mindbody account.** If you have questions please call: 503.908.HOOP or email info@fastbasketballacademy.com. 

West Side Portland!!

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West Side Portland!!

We are excited to announce that we will be launching skill clinics for girls in SW Portland starting July 13th. FAST Basketball Academy will be offering a 2 day (Monday and Wednesday) introduction to FAST Basketball clinic sessions for girls 6-14 years old. FBA will be focusing on stationary ball handling, foot work, and shooting mechanics. The goal is to connect the dots for the girls who participate to show them how each drill progresses into becoming an open court move that they can use in a game setting. The clinics are split up by age group and there are two sessions to choose from. To sign-up, you can click here ->Jackson MS Youth Clinic<-. If you have never enrolled in one of our FBA clinics, you will be prompted to create a Mindbody account. The Jackson MS Youth Clinic can be found under the Online Store option once you have created a Mindbody account. 

We look forward to working with a new group of girls and breaking down the fundamentals of the game in a fast pace, positive, and interactive setting! If you have questions, please call 503.908.HOOP. 

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Listening is a Skill

The ability to concentrate and listen is a skill set that is underrated and undervalued. As coaches, we consistently find that the most skilled players that we work with are the players who have the ability to concentrate and listen to the feedback that is given to them and immediately put that information into action. These players pay attention and are the “sponges” of basketball knowledge.

How does the ability to concentrate and listen translate to skill development? From a coaches perspective, it's the #1 intangible skill to being able to progress to the next level competitively. 

The players who stagnate in their improvement usually have to be told the same things over and over again.  If you have been working on a skill set for a couple weeks and you keep hearing the same words from your coach and you haven’t progressed to the next step or move, you should be honestly assessing yourself and your listening skills. The players who make it to the next level competitively, they are hungry for knowledge. Their body language when coaching them is very different than the player who is just “going through the motions”. The player who is actively listening, they have great eye contact and the amount of information that can be introduce to them is phenomenal in comparison to the player who is just “showing up”. If you are a player who is just “showing up”, you are treading water. At some point players will start passing you and coaches will get exhausted with coaching you. If you want to play competitive Division 1 basketball, you have to be able to concentrate when your coach is speaking and translate that information into action right away. The players who can’t concentrate for 2 hours (a typical Division 1 practice) will not play. Your coach will not be able to trust that you can execute in a live competitive situation with the game on the line if you cannot demonstrate that you are a good listener. Master the skill of concentrating and actively listening during a clinic or practice and you will have a coach who is very engaged with your development. 

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June Basketball Camp

FAST is hosting a Girls Basketball Camp June 15th-18th! We will have two sessions each day that will be split up by age group. Session 1 is from 9am-11am and is for girls 6 years to 10 years old. Session 2 is from 12pm-3pm and is for girls 11 years to 14 years old. The morning session is $99 for the week and the afternoon session is $110. Camp T-shirt is included!

The camp will be led by 3 Former Division 1 players (Lisa Griffith, Natalie Jones, Nya Mason) who are passionate about teaching the game and making sure the girls they coach come away with a positive experience! We will cover the following at camp:

  • Ball Handling
  • Open Court Moves
  • Shooting Mechanics - with Video Analysis
  • Introduction to Performance Training
  • Post Moves
  • Scrimmages, Games, and Contests Daily!

Location: 212 Courts in Clackamas

Sign up online here!

 

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Competing vs Complaining

There was a recent interview that I caught on Matthew Dellavedova that just resonated with me. Undaunted about being undrafted two years ago out of St. Mary's College, Delly has become an impact player off the bench for the Cavs. Watching the interview below, you can see his teammates love for him. When you hear what Delly has to say about how he feels about the his role, I want to stand up and applaud him! I was able to watch Delly play at St. Mary's a couple years ago when I was still living in the Bay area and he left me with the impression of being a fantastic competitor but also an amazing teammate. From his play in game 6 versus the Bulls and how his Cavs teammates feel about him, it looks like not much has changed from his St. Mary's days. Delly is the type of player that you love to coach, he's the type of player who inspires their teammates to keep fighting. Players like Delly don't complain, they compete. No matter how much playing time they get, they are ready because they compete every day in practice, they are hungry, and are willing to do what it takes with the opportunities that are given them. His quote from this interview speaks volumes about who he is as a person and a player.

You always want to be a good locker room guy, you want to be known as a great teammate, and a competitor. Try to dive on every loose ball, take every charge.
— Matthew Dellavedova

My question for all those young aspiring Division 1 players out there... do you compete when you are not getting what you want or do you complain? Do you want to be known as a great teammate? Are you willing to take that charge and keep plays alive by diving for loose balls? Those are the characteristics that make your teammates fall in love with you and have coaches trusting you in a competitive game situation. 

VertiMax Training!

FOR SPORTS PERFORMANCE DEVELOPMENT AT ALL AGES – THERE’S NO BETTER CHOICE THAN VERTIMAX- (www.vertimax.com) If you’re looking to increase speed, vertical jump ability and overall athleticism, VertiMax is the one sports training equipment designed to do it all. FAST Performance Training is ready to take your game to new heights by incorporating our VertiMax into your Performance Training sessions. Our mission is to help you become more explosive in linear, lateral, and vertical movements!  

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FAST Performance Training launches Monday- May 11th!!

The FAST coaching staff is thrilled to announce that we will be launching our FAST Performance Training (FPT for short)  program Monday, May 11th. The focus of FPT is to help our athletes become stronger, fitter, and more explosive! We will address balance, core, and mobility with each class. To be competitive and compete at the highest level, players must address their overall athleticism. The best players are fundamentally sound, strong, and explosive. If you are looking for that "edge" you will find it with FPT!! During FPT we will be using our Vertimax as part of our workouts. If you have never trained on one, you are in for a real treat! FPT classes will be running 4 days a week, please refer to our clinic schedule here ->SCHEDULE<-. For May and June, FPT will only be offered in the afternoon and is limited to 10 players in a class, so please reserve your spot online if you want a specific day and time. Once school is out, we will ramp up our class offerings with morning and afternoon options. 

**FAST Performance Training will take place in the back area by the end of the Lexi court. The area has black flooring and is by the roll up door.**

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