Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Thoughts from the first couple weeks of Season.

This season is upon us..Early thoughts

1. Talent can win early however a seasoned team can beat a young talented team early and often. Role players and glue guys are the most valuable component to winning. Lack of support for a talented player means lack of "W"s.

2a. Pre Season workouts for the Athletes I have worked with have proven results early in season. The ability to teach and build relationships with special people everyday is a blessing, I love to see the instant gratification of competing and winning as a result of all the sweat dedication and training for these athletes.
2b. Growth is constant, early season games have proven we have a lot to work on.

3. Scheduling. Coaches have a very tough decision to make for scheduling their pre-conference opponents. Do some teams have a false sense of confidence due to early season scheduling? Does a young team need to taste defeat to succeed later? TEAM,Confidence and Ability are the strongest components to a winning attitude. Adversity can bring you closer or crush your spirit. Be a BEAST mentally and physically.

4. The guy that you didn't think was any good, worked on his game and trained all off season and just dunked on you and took your spot. I love the diamonds in the rough on any level..

5. Recovery and Nutrition are key to succeed and not fizzle at the end of the year. A season is a marathon not a sprint, fuel your body and repair. Sleep, hydrate and hydrate.

Monday, November 2, 2009

November Rain

Hoops Season is in the air. Yesterday I had a packed day at Sierra Strength and Speed in Reno NV, full of Athletes in their final preparations and adjustments in training to fine tune their performance. For my most consistent athletes we worked on pre-hab band work, followed by a Keiser/ Basketball Anaerobic Circuit. The circuit is designed to replicate two halves of a game with fouls and stop play etc. Very sport specific, Only properly trained athletes can exert full output and not breakdown into bad form.
It was a true testament to the hard work these young athletes have dedicated to their training.
In have been fortunate to put them through the strength and power phases, the last two weeks we are circuit training and on court prep. All workouts incorporate Dynamic and Pre hab and active recovery phases.

Here is the circuit

45 seconds on 30-90 seconds off- (yesterday we used HR)
I suggest a Polar Heart Monitor for all training anaerobic.

********All Exc. Designed for form and precision*

Stairmaster Avg
Keiser Squat
Slide Board
Keisier shoulder Press
Full Court Sprint
KeiserLateral Pushes 2 Jump
Physio Hamstring Curls
Rapid Box Jumps

3 minute Recovery
2 minute Shots

2nd Half. 30-40 Seconds Repeat

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Columbia Athletic CLub, Sports Specific Training

Come workout with our top National Trainer Carlos Humphrey.@ Columbia Athletic Club.
Check the flier!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Athlete First. Volume II. Clinic Reno,NV..Nov 7th,2009

Athlete First Baketball Clinic, Vol. 2

November 7th,2009@ Sierra Strength and Speed


Limited to 20 participants per Session!

Get Ready for Basketball Season.
Designed for players of all Skill levels.
Drills Based upon Athletic Development and Experience.


Where:Sierra Strength and Speed, 3760 Barron Way. Reno, NV
When: Sunday, Nov 7th ,2009,

Grades 9-12 11am to 1:30pm **FEE: $45 LIMIT: 20 Athletes

Grades 6-8th 2pm to 3:30pm **FEE: $30 LIMIT: 20 Athletes

To Register: email: dr.kdavis@yahoo.com or info@eliteproperformance.com

SEND PAYMENT TO: Kevin Davis, 14835 Davos Dr., Truckee, CA 96161

Make checks out to: Elite Pro Performance

**Clinic fee must be prepaid to reserve spot. 48 hour cancellation for refund.

-Skills Addressed

*Basketball fundamentals
*Pre Tryout Basics
*Advanced drills for skilled players.
*Dynamic Warmup
*Rapid Response take home program geared to Increase foot speed and hand eye speed.
*Sierra Strength and Speed Youth Development
*Dynamic Warmup
*Injury prevention

*Featured Instructors*

Mike Atkinson, ACE CPT
Sierra Strength and Speed, Basketball Sport Spec Dev.

DR. Kevin Davis, SPORTS Injury Specialist

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Elite Pro Performance. What makes us different.

Elite Pro Performance has been the trendsetter for basketball training. We are professionals who are specialized in the skills to take athletes and their abilities to the next level. The difference is experience and quality of our Trainers and Staff. Dedicated to youth development.
The trend of playing more games and training less has created a huge gap in poor positioning and fundamentals of young athletes, over use injuries etc.
Basketball has become so backwards that a new initiative from Nike/Adidas and NBA to fix the very problem they created, the www.ihoops.com was created to bring the game back to fundamentals and make it enjoyable at all levels of experience and skill. Elite Pro Performance has been providing the fundamentals and youth development training since our inception and will continue to be, Its just what we do. Don't be taken advantage of.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

New EPP Video Warm-Up 2.0..

This warmup is for advanced athletes, Do not attempt without a professional trainer or coach.

Stretch in the Hamstring, Hip Flexor and core activator

Key Positioning Cues:
Tall Chest
Back leg is pressing through the ground, firing the Glute.

Number 3 New Orleans- Workout

You might recognize some of the drills- Either you train or you don't

Are you Elite?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Pre Season Tips

Few Tips for Preseason training

KEEP using the Dynamic Warm up, so often I ask athletes did you warm up?( 9 out of 10 time not really)

Intake of Calories, A car does not run without gas are you a Benz or a Bicycle???EAT!!!

Incorporate one day of recovery into your schedule regardless if its active or not. We can not lose quality for Quantity.

Hydration Drink more Water!

Stay up on your homework and grades, coaches like smart and dedicated people to lead their teams



Pony Promo...hmmm

Thursday, September 10, 2009


I did a hour and fifteen minute interview with this website. It was a great time, they EDITED!!! for Promo only since it is subscription based service. Here is some photos and other images with the interview attached.

Monday, August 31, 2009


Fit 4 Fight

Athlete First. Volume One. Clinic Reno,NV

www.Sierrastrength.com www.EliteProPerformance.com www.nextstephoops.com

Athlete First Basketball Clinic, Vol 1. One Day, Intensive Clinic

Limited to 12 participants per Session!

Get Ready for Basketball Season.
Designed for players of all Skill levels.
Drills Based upon Athletic Development and Experience.


Where:Sierra Strength and Speed, 3760 Barron Way.
When: Sunday Oct 4th ,2009
Cost 45.00 includes Basketball Bag courtesy of Goal Setters!!!!

Grades 4th-7th Boys 9am-1130am
Grades 9th-12th Boys 1pm-4pm

Skills Adressed

*Basketball fundamentals
*Pre Tryout Basics
*Advanced drills for skilled players.
*Dynamic Warmup
*Rapid Response take home program geared to Increase foot speed and hand eye speed.
*Sierra Strength and Speed Youth Development
*Dynamic Warmup
*Injury prevention

Call or Email to Register

julie@nextstephoops.com, or Call 775-342-7333

*Featured Instructors*

Mike Atkinson, ACE CPT
Sierra Strength and Speed, Basketball Sport Spec Dev.

Dr. Kevin Davis
Sports Injury Specialist

School is in Session...

The summer is officially over for many young student athletes. The hard work and dedication that has been put in the summer will surely present itself in fall workouts. I encourage the few that have pushed themselves this summer to make sure they send statements based upon action to coaches and teamates that the summer wasn't spent at the lake or on family vay kay. The sweat and fundamentals poured into the late hot afternoons and early am's may go unseen but not unnoticed. Being above the rest is the motivator that motivated me through long summers and is what continues to motivate me as a professional trainer.

Time flies by....Season starts in 3 months!!! www. SierraStrength.com

SHout out to T. Hill Basketball Scholarship to Missouri Valley College!

Interesting Blog From D-Trained AAU

Startling Confessions By KEVIN CLARK When the season begins, many will learn something else: They don’t know how to play basketball. One system that prepares young American players for the pros, the Amateur Athletic Union, is, by most accounts, broken. Without a rigid minor-league system like baseball’s or the extra seasoning football players get in college, America’s basketball gems increasingly get their training from teams affiliated with the Amateur Athletic Union, a vast national youth-basketball circuit that has groomed many of the sport’s top stars. For some time, coaches have grumbled that the AAU’s emphasis on building stars and playing games over practicing produces a lot of talented prospects who have great physical skills but limited knowledge of the fundamentals. Now some players are speaking out. By the middle of the last NBA season, as concerns build about his dwindling playing time and rough transition to the NBA, last year’s No. 2 overall pick, Michael Beasley of the Miami Heat, finally conceded a fundamental flaw: No one, at any level in his basketball career, had asked him to play defense. And especially not in AAU. “If you’re playing defense in AAU, you don’t need to be playing,” he says. “I’ve honestly never seen anyone play defense in AAU.” An AAU official declined to comment for this article. The chorus of critics ranges from AAU player Alex Oriakhi, a McDonald’s All-American center who plans to play for the University of Connecticut, who says shooting guards he’s seen in AAU are in for a “rude awakening” to USA Basketball officials and NBA coaches.

Founded in 1888, the AAU’s first goal was to represent American sports internationally. AAU teams blossomed in many sports, and the organization became a driving force in preparing Olympic athletes. In 1978, the Amateur Sports Act established a governing body for American Olympic sports, usurping the AAU’s role as an Olympic launching pad. Its most notable sport today is basketball, where it counts Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and LeBron James among its alumni. In recent years the circuit has gone from a high school diversion—a way to supplement school teams—to a highly organized and often well-funded operation. The non-profit AAU moved its headquarters in 1996 from Indianapolis to Orlando, where it hosts national championships at a palatial Disney World complex. Shoe companies have sponsored AAU teams as a way to develop early relationships with future superstars. Agents and college coaches have flocked to AAU games, where they can get to know players outside the watchful high-school system. The opportunity to travel across the country and play in front of these kingmakers—often on teams with other top prospects—is something high schools can’t deliver.

The result is a mixture of unrestrained offense and Harlem Globetrotter defense: Even with 32-minute games, far shorter than the NBA’s 48 or NCAA’s 40, top AAU teams often score more than 70 points and sometimes more than 80. “It’s a bad system for developing players,” says Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy. “They aren’t learning to handle the ball, they aren’t learning to make plays against pressure. The emphasis with our high-school players is to get exposure and play as many games as you can and show everybody how great you are. If I can win the 11-and-12 year old league and tell all my friends about it, that is a whole lot more important than if my kids actually get any better or learn anything about the game.” In Europe, Mr. Van Gundy says, “those guys are doing five or six practices for every game. They are spending a lot of time in the gym working on individual skills. It’s reversed here.” New Orleans Hornets forward Peja Stojakovic, who is Serbian, remembers spending four hours a day dribbling through chairs and working on defense and other fundamentals in practices. Mr. Beasley, on the other hand, says he can’t remember any specific defensive drills his AAU teams ran. “If you put structure into AAU,” he says, “no one would play.”

No prospect in this year’s draft knows this better than point guard Brandon Jennings. Last year, Mr. Jennings was one of America’s best high-school point guards and the quintessential product of AAU. Rather than doing a one-year minimum stint in college before entering the NBA draft, he played a season in Italy where, he says, things were different. His time in Europe began with a rare stretch for an AAU product: He went weeks without touching a basketball. His team spent the preseason running across Roman parks and soccer fields. In September, they retreated to an Italian mountain hideaway for two weeks and ran there, too. They practiced fundamentals and rarely scrimmaged. Coming from the AAU, this was new for Mr. Jennings, who averaged 5.5 points per game in limited minutes during the in Italy. It was, he says, the most intense two weeks of his basketball life. If he’d never gone to Europe, he says, “I wouldn’t know the pick-and-roll game. I wouldn’t know how to guard, wouldn’t know how to fight through screens. I’m stronger now.” Mr. Jennings, who will almost certainly be a first-round pick Thursday, says the experience will give him an edge over other players in the draft. In a bid to make sure players are more seasoned before they go pro, the NBA, in 2006, began requiring players to be 19 and a year out of high school to enter the draft. While college’s best players often leave after one or two years, four years of college can sometimes help a career: take fundamentally sound North Carolina forward Tyler Hansbrough, who could be a first-round pick Thursday, despite widespread knocks on his athleticism. The league has also built a minor league system, the NBA Development League, though it is only used for high draft picks in extreme cases. In 2008, the NBA and NCAA also announced a youth initiative, called iHoops, to improve the American structure. While the U.S. national basketball team redeemed itself with a gold medal in Beijing after a string of embarrassments in international play, Jerry Colangelo, the national director of USA Basketball who is in charge of the Olympic team, says the system is still deeply flawed. He suggests giving high school coaches more access to their players, especially in the summer.

The AAU system has its defenders. New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul says that thanks to the AAU, he learned to play the style of the Utah Jazz’s offense when he was 11-years old and credits AAU for starting his development into one of the top point guards in the NBA. He now runs his own AAU team, the CP3 All-Stars in North Carolina. “Some coaches teach fundamentals, some coaches run and show athleticism. It’s not necessarily a problem because it’s up to you to watch and concentrate,” he says. Anthony Lewis, an AAU coach from Baltimore who helped develop Rudy Gay of the Memphis Grizzlies, who was the No. 8 draft pick in 2006, says AAU helped teach the skinny 13-year-old not to settle for easy shots. “We taught him to work away from the bucket,” Mr. Lewis says. “Working on mid-range at a young age, putting the ball on the floor, making him aggressive.”

Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Month of July

As we get to the end of the busiest month for Basketball coaches,players and agents,scouts,trainers, camp directors,agents, scouts,parents.

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I must sit back and reflect on my month of July,

Sierra Strength and SPeed in Reno seeing many athletes in between there High School AM workouts and Summer League games then AAU tournaments on the weekends. I respect the athlete that does it all in the summer for it is not easy and definitely a choice to make when your peers are at the lake or sleeping in until noon. The summer it is intense.

I directed the 2nd Annual High ALtitude Basketball Camp, in Squaw Valley this past summer. Preparing for this camp was the main fovis for myself and provided me plenty of long nights.

Camp was an amazing sucess and we where proud to have another great year at Basketball Camp. We had a lot of kids from Reno and SParks area and as far as Southern California. The tradition continues.....www.highaltitudebball.com, more on camp in a later Blog.

I was on the radio three times! SHout out to Alice 96.5 Connie is the best, Bill not so Bad either


Appeared at Galena BASKETBALL camp and warmed up Camp, I love having fun with future Grizzlies. Coach is the man. I learned the x's and o's from him.GreaT Teacher

The summer is a chance to create memories and for athletes it is designed to work on the weakness and for some to make a name for them self in the heat of the summer recruiting circuit. I know as a teacher and a trainer I have grown considerably and look forward to another hot August in Reno, NV.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Climb The Legacy.. Final Times and Finishing Places..Top 5 finish!!!

What a great event the American Lung Association of Nevada raised over $40,000!!!

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