Silverback Basketball Academy

Silverback Basketball Academy

5.0 (1)
3 hires on
1 employee
15 years in business

About this pro

I run all my sessions as high intensity training sessions, This means we train hard to make the game easy. Each session  includes series of footwork ,ball handling, shooting form, shooting drills, game situation drills, skills stations  , rebounding , defesive drills on ball and off, passing, basketball IQ homework. We also wll also do a dynamic stretch warm up and cool down to prevent injuries and maximize mobility  .  For those who want to truly take their games to new levels we push you past your comfort zone each session.

I love it when it finally clicks for students and everything that we work on in practice transferred to game situations. When the game slows down it's so much fun to play at another level.  

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Rochester, NY 14615
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  • Jennifer Wilson

    Gave our son immediate feedback on what he needs to improve to be able to compete. Was encouraging but honest and realistic with the work that our son needs to do on his own. After just one session, son is working and improving. Looking forward to watching how he continues to improve with the knowledge and enthusiasm of Mr. Nicholson!

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

When first working with a new student I first give them an evaluation to see where they are in terms of their basketball development. From there we build a solid foundation that any coach can add on to in the future. My goal is to get players better faster in order to do that I must first find out what their strengths and weaknesses are. After that I find out what it is that the student wants to accomplish. If at all possible I like to speak with the coach to find out where they see the player in their system.

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

I have numerous certifications for basketball development I've worked with USA basketball as well as AAU for the last 10 years. I am constantly learning with each student that I help develop. I believe that my greatest asset as a coach is that I'm always learning.

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

I generally charge $50 per session. If it's two players or more I will charge $40 per person. I also do team training which I charge $25 per player.

How did you get started teaching?

 I got started teaching basketball when my daughter decided she wanted to play the game at age 5. She currently goes to St. Bonaventure.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students getting ready for NBA tryouts D League tryouts going back to their D1 college teams high school players winter league players Etc. Mostly I work with students from the suburbs and bring them to the inner city to workout. I also take kids from the inner city out to the suburbs to train. I'm probably the only coach that uses this training model as a blueprint for success.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

 I was recently in a gym during an AAU Tournament and a team that I work with five players on we're playing together. They played against a team that I only worked with  one of the players of the players. The team that I train 5 players on won by 30,  but the player on the other team that I work with played like they were down by one with 8 seconds left the whole game.I couldn't have been prouder. 

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

The advice that I would give a student looking for a teacher in my area of expertise would be that you look for a teacher that is passionate in what they do. Someone who can give you a road map and a true assessment of your skills and where you're at.

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

 I think the best thing a student can do is ask their coach what areas do they think need improving for next season. I also think a student should be looking for a trainer because they want to get better not because the parent wants them to get better.

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