Miami Player Development believes and trains young basketball players to shoot with a purpose.  Basketball Training requires that we learn proper technique and then get lots of repetition in working on game shots, game spots, game speed and creating an environment of pressure so the game will seem easy and shots will become more natural as confidence develops. Below is a video which contains some quality shooting workout footage provided by Better Basketball Videos.  Contact us today to learn proper shooting technique and begin your road to becoming a quality basketball shooter.  


Miami Player Development believes that no skill can be mastered without understanding proper technique and the whys of what we do.  To own that skill we need to get in reps… lots of them.   Scientists believe 10,000 reps lead to mastery.  Do you want better ball handling skills?  Call us and come on down for a training session, learn proper dribbling fundamentals, work on advanced moves and get the reps.


Moving WITHOUT The Ball for Miami Youth Basketball Players

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Basketball is a game of movement, not a game of stand and watch. The majority of a game, players spend their time playing without the ball. Off the ball movement is probably one of the most important aspects of running a successful and efficient offense and should be taught to every young kid looking to learn the basics of basketball.

We all know the main goal in basketball is to make the ball inside the basket. As we all should know, it is much easier to make a shot while being in an open area.  This is why it is crucial for young players to learn and develop good habits of moving without the ball to fill in these open areas for better scoring opportunities.

Keys to playing off the ball:

Be in proper basketball position: Although there will be times when your body is in awkward positions, most of the time all players should be with their knees bent, feet should width apart balanced weight on the balls of you your feet, and arms just above waist high ready to catch a pass.

Good peripheral vision: Learning to keep good vision of all players’ movements on the court. With this you can begin to anticipate and make smarter decisions off the ball.

Anticipation: Understand how the flow of the offense is being run. Basketball is a lot of intuitive play. Make sure kids understand how to read what the defense is allowing in route for better judgment.

Change of direction: With good footwork, this creates wider (more open) passing angles as it should get defenders to be misdirected most of the time. You want to be moving (and looking for a pass) in the opposite direction of the way the ball is moving.

Spacing: This will allow all players to have good vision of what is happening as well as spreading the defense out. In turn it creates easier routes for penetration and kick out lanes for players getting to the open spots.

Communication: This is extremely vital. Both verbal and non-verbal communication should be happening at all times during an offensive set (Probably more non-verbal).

Well made Cuts: V-cut, backdoor cut, flash cut, and cut & curl are just the basic types of cuts that should be taught to everyone looking to better their offensive game. These cuts will get players in good position to create easier scoring opportunities.

Screening: Most kids love the attention of having the ball in their hands. Although this may seem fun, I’ve noticed kids get surprising happier when they realize how easy a basket can be made coming off (or after setting) a good screen. Stress the importance of good screening and kids will love the results. This helps kids build stronger bonds on the court too.

Good off the ball movement will create high percentage shots, put more pressure on defenses and is an underrated skill that every player will benefit from. In time, players will see that they are exerting less energy on the offensive side of the ball and building stronger bonds as a team. Preach this to all kids and you will see much more progress in your teams offense.  We are committed to training kids to move well without the ball to maximize their potential, to get them to understand how to play (rather than more plays), to impress their coaches, and to increase their scoring average.

Keeping a Balance Between Winning Basketball and Developing Basketball Players

Miami Basketball TrainingAt times, coaches can get caught up in the emotional factor of basketball.   The priority of the game goes from playing sound team basketball to isolation fade-a-ways.   This has become a common trend over the years, which is leading to the deterioration of traditional basketball.   What coaches fail to realize is this style of play keeps a team unbalanced in many ways.   Sure you’ll have your 2 or 3 superstars outshining everyone else, but the rest of the team begins to lack confidence and comradery.   The stars begin to gain egos and suddenly only want to play with their best buddies. As Utah Jazz Head Coach Tyrone Corbin puts it, “I think it’s a change for this new generation of kids who’s used to being on these superstar teams from the AAU thing” (NBC Sports: Pro Basketball Talk. Kurt Hekin, May 31st 2011).   It’ss extremely crucial for us coaches to teach kids how to play with everyone, and not just the best.


Here are a few tips on how to balance winning and becoming a better coach or  player (and overall person):

  • When rotating Miami youth basketball players in/out of a game, allow some of your less talented kids to play alongside your top guys.   Preach team play and efficient passing.   With enough practice, the group will begin to gel better and grasp the true concept of team play.   Your top scorers will understand the importance of being a facilitator and slowly appreciate the art of passing.   At the same time, your weaker kids will learn to find their roles on the court and strengthen their confidence to go out and make an impact.
  • Explain how losing will breed success.   At a North Carolina University summer basketball camp I met assistant coach Jerod Haase who taught me a lot about basketball. I will never forget the great quotes he would use, one of which was my favorite: “Failure Breeds Success”.  Over the course of the camp, I began to realize the truth of that quote and was humbled by it.   It’s important for us as coaches to educate our kids during losses and not dwell on their mistakes.   Kids respond better to positive reinforcement than yelling and blaming. Important messages on what went wrong or what needs to be improved will be retained when using the right approach to our kids.


In basketball, and sports in general, winning isn’t everything. Sure everyone has a better time winning than losing, but its key for us as coaches to put things in perspective. Are our kids really winning if we don’t instill team concepts to them at a young age, or are they just winning an AAU championship?   Always remember to see the big picture of things. Our goal as coaches should be to educate our youth on how to become a better “team player” and person in life, and not just an individual star of a game.   I encourage coaches from all around to take on the challenge: Put team concepts over winning.   Don’t sacrifice developing players for a small win today.  Hopefully we are all up for it and can contribute to the game we love in a better way.


Miami Player Development offers personalized player development and teaching kids how to play rather than teaching them more plays.  If you or your child would like to accelerate the learning curve, call us to find out more how our player development program can get you started.



Are you committed to accelerate  your game enough to working diligently on your own in the driveway or at your playground or before practice?  Miami Player Development recommends pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone.

Basketball Training requires repetition.

Repetition under pressure, more reps in scrimmages or pickup, then practice, then the game. These drills are outlined by Better Basketball who produces some great videos.  They are nearly impossible.  Try them, push thru the failure workout by workout and celebrate mini successes along the way.  Focus on keeping your head up.  Don’t become a good dribbler looking at your feet.  Your head should be on a swivel as much as possible with your eyes scanning the width of the floor.  Think like a tiger and be on balance but ready to pounce as your eyes see that opening.

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  1. Balanced Footwork

  2. Aggressive Attack

  3. Finishing Strong

  4. Movement and Positioning With and Without the Ball

  5. Space Ownership

  6. The Mental Game of Basketball

  7. Court Vision

  8. Confidence On and Off the Basketball Court

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