Elite Basketball Training (Pro Skill Set)

Elite Basketball Training (Pro Skill Set)

5.0 (3)
1 employee
5 years in business

About this pro

Most trainers only teach the fundamentals, proper technique, and knowledge of the game.   What makes me stand out is I teach game situations, I.e.  When should you shoot, pass, dribble, how to involve your teammates, proper skill set for your position, proper positioning on the court and much more. Also includes resistance band training for explosive jumping, agility and nutrition advice if interested. Also mental training is also necessary in any sport, I like to call it mamba mentality in tribute to the great Kobe Bryant. I can help to instill this in my clients if they want to take it to the next level


I take pride in developing relationships with my clients, trust is important to the process and after I spend time with a client they immediately see I have a passion for the game and truly have their best interest at hand. I'm totally honest with the client and won't fuel their ego with unrealistic dreams. I will prepare them for a realistic approach to basketball and take them to the next level that they are able to take it. Not everyone is born with god given talent, however with enough training paired with a good work ethic and a good mindset they can go much farther than they truly believe. 


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Chandler, AZ 85225
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3 Reviews


  • Clarence Allison

    Ryan has a passion for helping the community and has always been passionate about basketball from the first day i met him. I learned a lot from him since I met him he also has a good head on his shoulders and knows what he's doing so I'm giving this review 5 stars for my outstanding experience with Ryan zapata

  • Herbert Aguilar

    Ryan is a great teacher very knowlegable. He Motivates me to keep going when feeling like i can't also I feel like my game has made a large of improvement.

  • Henry Muhammad

    Ryan is very passionate and dedicated young man. My years working with Ryan I learned so much especially patience and perseverance. The words are Inadequate to express my love and respect that I have for this young man.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

To start out I like to find out goals for my clients. I also like to see their gameplay style and watch them play in a game or pickup.   Then I set out to find their weaknesses and strengths. I determine the best training for clients to make a maximum impact at their level.  No matter whether youth, high school, college, or pro I can help them to reach the next level with the proper amount of training or work. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have relationships within the college basketball scene, semi professional basketball scene and professional scene. I played basketball at every level from High school to Pro.  At level I proved my doubters wrong. Made my own scholarship in college and made my own contract in pro. No one gave me anything I worked for my dreams and the most important aspect to note is I trained different. Some players can spend many hours in the gym but still don't see the success of other players who may only spend a couple hours in the gym . The difference- proper training an mentality building. I help to instill this in my client. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

My pricing structure depends on the services needed, for basketball service, mentality coaching, nutrition and every other aspect I have a outlined program and you must commit to at least 8 weeks.  This is perfect for the offseason or leading up to the athletes basketball season. 

In season workouts are less sessions and much cheaper.  If you would like to start with only one service or session,  I charge 15$ an hour. 

Also if interested but not sure what service to choose or if you want to work with a particular budget I can do so also and help you choose which pricing and training will benefit the client the most.  Clients that demonstrate commitment to me and introduce other clients receive rewards such as free sessions, free nutrition training etc.

How did you get started teaching?

I used to be a youth counselor/mentor for youth that struggled to find their way, I learned that my way of motivating them to be positive was through basketball. I feel god has given me a gift to touch the youth this way and I intend to keep changing lives for the better. I'm also was a youth basketball coach for a couple years within my company and won a couple of employee awards for the basketball program I started. 


What types of students have you worked with?

I have in the past worked with troubled youth, however I also have worked with youth that have a good upbringing and background. What I've learned is no matter what background you come from sports can motivate those to change for the better.  I was an avid supporter for sports therapy at a company I used to work with. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

My best memory is helping the Gila river Indian community with coaching in their youth basketball league. I started with clients that were not very good and never played basketball before. I think our first game we only scored 8 points total. Score was like 8-44, fast forward a couple years and the same players I worked with were getting much better than players on the other teams and were advancing at a fast rate.  The community support was beautiful. 

I'll never forget and elder came up to me after a game and said we need more people like you in the world, he said I see the smile on those kids faces and I have never seem some of them ever smile before.   He then said I have a god given purpose in this world and he can feel my souls and energy and I'm going to do great things in this world. I have never felt a feeling of accomplishment like that even in my own career. 


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

My advice would be schedule a session with that person and see if that person truly has a passion for the game or if they are just doing it for the money. I have given a lot of free sessions in the past due to clients not having the money I always felt that the good karma would come back to me. 


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Think about your goals first and foremost and be honest with yourself. Be realistic with what you can achieve, I'm not saying you can't make the NBA however maybe one day you can make a living in basketball. There are hundreds if not thousands of professional gigs in basketball. 

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