I enjoy helping athletes get a better understanding of the game of basketball; my goal is to assist kids in making teams, getting in games, staying in games and contributing to wins.
Its about being the best basketball player possible, not ball handler, not a shooter, not a scorer; but a basketball player. I can help a player develop in all those areas; but what i want is to provide context so that a player can have a better court iq and sense of awareness that maximize their skills and abilities.
I provide context, i provide support both during sessions and outside of them; i want to help develop confidence in these young athletes that will stay with them while they play the game and spills over into other aspects of life...
I liked how much time and attention he gave my daughter; he made it a point to not just show moves or run drills, but explain the what whys and hows behind them. He definitely made basketball fun for her and dramatically improved her confidence by identifying her game, then building off of that. The specific improvements schwan made to my daughters game are as such... 1)shooting- he improved her shooting touch and he extended her shooting range. Prior to working with schwan she never hit a shot outside of 4-5 ft, after schwan i witnessed her hit from 7-10-13-15ft consistently 2)rebound- my daughter positioning and timing as a rebounder improved tremendously, she is averaging three more rebounds a game than she did last year 3) Moving without the ball- previously my daughter had a hard time scoring because she would be stationary; now she is active and efficient in her movement creating alot of easy shots. 4)Passing the ball- she used to turn the ball over because she would hold the ball or she would take bad shots, now she is pushing the ball down the court and finding the open man in half court. 5) IQ-her understanding of her game and the game as a whole has really improved; she can explain what she is doing and why she is doing it. That is a big reason for her confidence/comfort as a player...
I like the fact that Schwan made sure to stress fundamentals, court awareness and smart play; he kept his message simple and his drills to the point. The most impressive thing is that everything he showed them, from spots on the floor to shoot from, fakes, passes and defensive manuever were able to be used as he taught them in game. I like the confidence he developed in my kids and the fact he reignited their joy for the game...
I come from a family of ball players and coaches, so my take on the training may be different from others who don't have that sort of background. I find that many trainers teach moves, they don't take anything else into consideration. That hurts the childs playing time, development and confidence; with Schwan i didnt see any of that, he made it a point to teach my kids skills that took into account their position, their role on the team and their physical tools. He always explained how something work, why it worked, and in what situations it should be used in. My kids arent dynamic players, but they have become much more efficient and intelligent ball players; schwan has helped them develop games that play to their strengths and minimized their weaknesses. I appreciate his dedication to my children, his attention to detail; most importantly i appreciate his belief in my kids and the confidence he instilled in them.
I talk to the student, find out their level of experience, the position(s) they have played, their level of skill and what skills they want to develop as a player.
A lot of my process is getting a feel for the student I am teaching and giving them a better understanding of how I view the game. Increasing their basketball IQ, can help put them in a position to become a better player and a contributing member of a Middle School, High School, or AAU team.
I have coached AAU ball. I have also coached fall league for middle and high schools for the past five years. My education for the sport comes from studying the game, spending alot of time interacting with trainers or coaches in regards to concepts, techniques and points of emphasis in the game of basketball.
I generally charge $12 for 45 minutes or $15 for an hour.
I have three kids who play ball, and most competitive teams don't have the time to develop the kids skill sets. Most of the time spent during practice is spent on conditioning or teaching the kids offensive or defensive plays.
There simply isn't enough time for the coaches to work with kids individually on things like shooting, dribbling, passing catching, moving without the ball, how to create space, etc.
At a certain point coaches expect kids to have a certain understanding and skillset; if the kid doesn't have that, the kid essentially has a really hard time making the team, much less getting any sort of playing time.
So I took it upon myself to start developing my kids' overall skillsets, so when the level of competition increased or the circumstances required my kids to be able to do more than previously asked; they would be able to execute.
As I worked with my kids I noticed other kids, who lacked experience or didn't have top end size or athleticism, being overlooked or undercoached. I decided to expand my efforts to help those kids who aren't getting the time or attention to be the best players they can be.
I've worked with a diverse group of kids. From middle school, to high school, high school grads and college students. I have worked with kids who just want to play and I have worked with kids who are serious ballers. I have worked with AAU players, freshman, JV and varsity players. I've worked with kids with a variety of skill levels; some kids who were very good athletes others who were closer to average or below average athletes.
One of my daughters making the varsity team. The fact that all of my kids routinely have multiple teams that want them to play for them during the summer, as well as the fact that my kids often lead the teams they play with in scoring rebounds boxouts steals forcing turnovers assists and plus/minus when they are on the floor.
I've had a few coaches from other high schools ask me to work with their kids during the fall league because they like how I coach and how I view/teach the game.
Find someone who believes in you and will give you their best effort regardless of your size, experience or talent; someone who won't just show you moves, but will provide context as to how what why and wheres of what they are showing you.
How hard am i willing to work?
What is the end goal?
Am I concerned with getting on the floor and helping the team anyway I can, or do I only want to get on the floor if I get to do certain things?
Am I aware of my strengths and weakness as a player?
Am I willing to listen to an honest assessment from an outside party in regards to my skillset?
What separates this teacher from others?