Don't Believe The Hype Training

Don't Believe The Hype Training

5.0 (9)
Best of 2023
3 hires on
1 employee
5 years in business

About this pro

There mare many trainers that know how to teach the actual game of basketball. What I think seperates me from others is the aspect of fun and motivation implemented in my workouts. I'm always encouraging during my sessions, stressing the importance of knowing that getting better comes in steps along with consistency. "Rome wasn't built in one day"

I teach my sessions in a way which I call "college ready." I was lucky enough to play at a high level of college basketball which enabled me to know what certain skills are neccessary to exceed at that level and ultimately get scholarship money from a school. 

I really enjoy seeing someone grow with consistent work. I also love creating an understanding for the game. Once a player comprehends how to play, they can effectively train for in-game play. Futhermore, I love to see the look on proud parents faces when they can see the improvement in their children's play. 

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San Jose, CA 95110
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  • James Patrick

    Avery is observant, realistic, encouraging, and focuses on strengthening a player’s repertoire. My free-throw percentage increased from 15% to 80% IN TWO SESSIONS! No joke, Avery knows how to train. I am getting more confident being able to contribute on the court. Try it out (commit to a training package of 10), you won’t be disappointed!

  • Krishnan

    Coach Avery has been coaching my child since the year. I see tremendous improvement in my child's shooting / dribbling and passing skills. He is more confident now as he is able to contribute to his teams success. Coach Avery is very approachable and comfortable to work with. He has motivated my child to do better by improving on his weak areas. Overall we are very happy with coach Avery.

  • Jonathan

    Just finished a great training session with coach Avery. I’ll definitely recommend anyone who is looking to improve their all around game. Coach Avery created a plan that works for me, his knowledge and patience helped me correct some of the hitches in my footwork and shot. I noticed the improvements immediately. Look forward to more sessions in the future!

  • Thu Hien Bui

    The coach is very dedicated and passionate. My kids are very happy to attend the training

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

I start off with a base workout where I assess a player's level of skill (Ex: Mostly fundamentals. Shooting. Can you use both hands? How fast is your first step? How well can you use your body off the dribble and finishing). 

For beginners, a couple of skills I start off with is learning how to shoot:Steps to shooting while keeping your body balanced.

simple ball handling (knee, waist, shoulder pounding. Figure 8, cone drills: crossover, between the legs, behind back, spin) 

jab stepping and attacking the basketball (tripple threat, footwork out of TT, the correct angle to take to the basket depending on where you are on floor)

Workouts would be intesified if a player is a little more advanced.

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

I played at, arguably, the best D2 conference in the country (GLVC). I've coached athletes for over 6 years,  developing players offensively and defensively. I coached at the Chicago Bulls/Soxs academy in Chicago for 2 years before moving to California. I've also personally trained ballers for about 6years now. 

On another note, I work at a school teaching 4-10 year olds physical education, so working with younger kids is not a struggle with me.

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

$40 per hour is my rate to train. 

How did you get started teaching?

I started coaching camps at my college (university of Indianapolis) where I found a passion for getting players better at the game I love. Many of my college teammates would ask me to put them through workouts tailored towards their game because I can teach the guard, foward, and center position. They gave me enough confidence to professionally train after my playing days were over.

What types of students have you worked with?

I've worked with kids as young as 6 years of age, to adults as old as 49. Some of my clients are pursuing basketball in middle-high school and college, while others aren't looking to play competively, they just love the game and want to get better.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Training a kid from Singapore for about 6 months and getting him an opportunity to play on his college basketball team! 

I've also trained a proffesional player that has gotten an oppurtunity to play his forth year overseas! (Hungary)

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

Playing expierence should be a priority when searching for a trainer. If someone hasn't played, they might not know how drills might play out in an actual game. For example. if you're working on a drill that requires attacking the basketball, you have to keep in mind where help defense might be coming. Some things are just more understood when you've been in action opposed to visually learning.

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

What position the trainer played? This can be very important because not all trainers can can teach both the guard and big positions. 

How flexible ones schedule is? 

What seperates one trainer from another?

Given ones skill set, what are drills that a trainer might start out with.

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