Wow, what an amazing NCAA Championship game! Congrats to Coach K and the Duke Blue Devils. I also want to congratulate Coach Stevens and the Butler Bulldogs for an amazing season.
A lot has happened since my last blog post.
Jack and Luke came home from the hospital and are doing very well. They have each gained a pound since birth, which is funny because my usual recommendation for weight gain for high school basketball players looking to add muscle in the off-season is to try and gain a pound a week! Looks like my boys are already on the program.
Despite having newborns, my wonderful wife allowed me to sneak off to Columbus, OH to work my 5th straight McDonalds All-American Game. It is such an honor to work that event each year and a real pleasure to re-connect with many of the players I worked with this past summer. The McDonalds folks bring me in to conduct warm-ups before each practice (and the game) and to serve as a strength & conditioning resource for the players and coaches who don’t have such expertise at home.
Here is a video of one of the warm-ups I took the players through: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ufai44l1ic
I also posted a video of the halftime show, a talented group of exhibition dunkers called Team Flight Brothers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eDilgrA820
After the McDonald’s game I flew back in time to join Montrose for our game against Montverde Academy in the 2nd Annual ESPN RISE National High School Invitational. For those who weren’t there or didn’t see it on ESPNU, we lost a heartbreaker by 2 points. We led most of the second half until Montverde’s point guard hit an off-balance lay-up with 2 seconds left in the game. While I would have certainly preferred to win, I am at peace with the loss because our team played very well. We played hard, played smart, and we played together. We just came up a bit short… very similar to the way Butler did. Butler has nothing to feel bad about and neither do we.
Here is one final update on a variety of resources to help you this off-season:
For those of you on my email subscription list, you will be receiving an email at the beginning of next week announcing the release of several new off-season training products. There will be a dozen new downloadable PDF documents for sale, including a comprehensive, detailed 12 Week Off-Season Basketball Strength & Conditioning Program. This program will outline exactly what needs to be done this off-season – exercise by exercise, day by day, and week by week. It will be available next week at http://Shop.StrongerTeam.com.
In addition to info on these cutting edge training products, I will also be sending a few FREE “coaching nuggets.” These “coaching nuggets” are handouts, notes, and stories I have accumulated from some brilliant basketball minds. I plan to send out a “coaching nugget” or two every month, so make sure you join our email subscription list at www.StrongerTeam.com. You can sign up directly under the menu bar on the left side of the homepage.
Last week I selected the 6 participants for our new series called “Can He Dunk?” I chose 6 local high school age players who can’t currently dunk. I will document their training program and see if I can get them to dunk by the end of the 10 weeks! Their workouts begin this week and I will air the videos at the end of May or beginning of June. Make sure you subscribe to www.YouTube.com/StrongerTeamDotCom so you don’t miss any of the action.
I was all ready to launch my 100 Exercises in 100 Days promotion on April 1st, but hit a slight snag with the production company that did the filming. I am still waiting on the final clips. As soon as I receive those I will post one clip a day for one hundred straight days. This exercise library will be an asset to any player or coach (and it’s FREE)!
Clips will be posted in the Stronger Team media gallery: http://www.strongerteam.com/Global/Gallery/Default.aspx?g=album&aid=5
Last but not least, below is my spring schedule, with the contact info for each event. I will be conducting clinics and group workouts in Wisconsin, Maryland, Ohio, Utah, Texas, New York, Michigan, Virginia, Missouri, and Iowa. I hope to see you there!
If you need anything else, or if I can be of service in any way, don’t hesitate to email me at Alan@StrongerTeam.com. I will respond as quickly as possible.
Train hard. Train smart. Deserve success.
Alan Stein 2010 Spring Event Schedule:
• Movement Preparation
• Dynamic Flexibility
• Reaction, Quickness, Agility & Footwork
• Core Strengthening Exercises
• Basketball Specific Conditioning
• Motivational Life Lessons
Nike Championship Basketball Clinic in Dells, WI (April 24)
Cutting Edge Reaction, Quickness, and Agility Clinic in Madison, WI (April 24)
Email Mr. Seneca Blue at firstname.lastname@example.org
Alexander Basketball Academy Clinic in Frederick, MD (May 1)
Email Mr. John Alexander at John@ABasketballAcademy.com
Cutting Edge Reaction, Quickness, and Agility Clinic in Cleveland, OH (May 2)
Email Mr. Sean O’Toole at SOToole@Ignatius.edu
The Big Game Fundamentals Conference (with Stronger Woman Basketball) in Lehi, UT (May 6-7)
Email Ms. Steph Wood at StrongerWomanBasketball@gmail.com
Cutting Edge Reaction, Quickness, and Agility Clinic in Dallas, TX (May 8)
Email Mr. David Kilpatrick at David_Kilpatrick@sbcglobal.net
Nike Championship Basketball Clinic in Verona, NY (May 15)
Smarter Team Training Clinic in Wixom, MI (May 22)
Email Mr. Rob Taylor at RPTaylor@loyola.edu
Cutting Edge Reaction, Quickness, and Agility Clinic in Richmond, VA (May 23)
Email Mr. Kevin Brooks at KBrooks@modis.com
Pure Sweat Basketball Clinic in St. Louis, MO (May 29-30)
Email Mr. Jason Frye at JasonF@smtcstl.com
Kingdom Hoops Basketball Clinic in Ankeny, IA (June 9)
Email Mr. Julian Seay at JulianSeay@gmail.com
1 on 1 Basketball Camp in Germantown, MD (August 2-6)
Email Mr. Brett Isaacson at Brett@1on1Basketball.com