Created 1st January, 2022

Over the last few weeks, the coaches and I have looked ahead to 2022 to see what new opportunities we could explore and improvements we can make. Below is a shortlist and snippet of what to expect this year….so far..

Piranha Parents

Further to a successful pilot, we are running another round of Piranha Parents sessions January-March.

We expect these to continue throughout the year too, hopefully with some changes in line-up every few months so we see different parents throughout the year.

As our next group is now decided, look out for announcements in February for the next group starting 1st March or register your interest ahead with Coach John today.

Piranha Parents

Further to a successful pilot, we are running another round of Piranha Parents sessions January-March.

We expect these to continue throughout the year too, hopefully with some changes in line-up every few months so we see different parents throughout the year.

As our next group is now decided, look out for announcements in February for the next group starting 1st March.

 

Saturday group sessions

From 8th January, we shall have Small Group Training (max 8 players) running Saturday mornings, and new regular group ‘White’ sessions (max 25 players) in the afternoons.

Small Group Training sessions run for 5 weeks at a time, and is aimed at 10-15 year olds. As the next run is booked solidly, the next sessions will take place from mid-February.

Register your interest with Coach John today.

‘Book-a-Court’ Saturdays

In line with our expansion into Saturdays, from 8th January we will have courts available to hire from just £10 per hour.

Find out more here:

Shot training machine

We have invested in a device which allows 1-2 players to practice shooting with several balls at a time where the device captures 99% of misses or makes, and returns the ball to the same position on the court. Players can average 5000 shots per hour with this machine.

Our shot training machine can be booked out with any ‘Book-a-Court’ session (see above).

Arriving March.

Game Night returns

Ahead of our usual Friday night ‘Game Night’ in Spring and Summer outdoors at Branksome, we are looking to run ‘Game Night’ on Saturdays 5-6pm at Bourne Academy, as an Auturm and Winter offering.

For just £5 a player, cash on the door, those who are 14 years plus, including adults, may join the scrimmage style we usually run. No need to book, just turn up ready!

Starts 5th February.

‘Rising All-Stars’

This year we start a brand new incentive which oversees development of 4 of our Kinder players in a more visual way using video snippets throughout their basketball journey in the club.

Congrats to Alyssa and Sasha from Kinder Black, and Georgi and Cassius from Kinder Orange (shown here). We look forward to watching your progress each month on the club website and on our social channels as you show the club and the world how you are becoming even more amazing players.

Coaching assistants

As well as likely acquiring an additional coach hopefully early this year, we are looking to include nominated parents, and some of our Seniors/U17s players to help out the coaches with their duties. This could be anything from bib sorting right up to taking a small group of players for a drill or two in the sessions. Coach Jaxon says this is very normal in the USA and at The Utah Jazz, so what’s good enough for The Utah Jazz is good enough for Piranhas 🙂

If you would like to be considered for this opportunity, get in touch with Coach John.

To top things off we shall be buying 2 more of the larger hoops to replace the smaller hoops, using white boards more for explanations, introducing coloured slap-bands for pair work and game assignments, name tags for improved communication and inclusion, and a whole host of other tweaks.

So watch out for more on these things and a lot, lot more as 2022 sets out to be our biggest and best year yet!