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Youth Basketball


The J will be adopting the youth basketball principles from USA Basketball as seen below. Each youth coach will be a Gold licensed coach through USA Basketball. Our program will also be an affiliate of the Jr. NBA/WNBA. Below are the steps in which we will develop kids in our program.

Introductory Level

Learn fundamental movement skills and build overall motor skills. Participation once or twice per week in basketball but daily participation in other sport activity is essential for further excellence. Group skill competitions recommended throughout the level. Introduction to team principles/concepts ONLY, avoid actual 5x5 competition until fundamentals are further developed.

Foundational Level

Learn all fundamental and basic basketball-specific skills, establish building blocks for overall basketball skills. 70% of time is spent on individual fundamental training and only 30% of the time is spent on actual game competition. Teach position concepts, but DO NOT assign player positions at any point in the level. Divide actual competition between special games (1x1, 2x2, 3x3, skill games) and 5x5 play, trying not to focus on actual 5x5 competition until later in the level.

Advanced Level

Build the aerobic base, build strength towards the end of the level, and further develop overall basketball skills. Build the “engine” and consolidate basketball skills. Early in the level, 60% of the time is spent on individual training and 40% is spent on competition including 5x5 play, special games (1x1, 2x2, 3x3, skill games) as well as team-oriented practices. Later in the level, depending on mastery of skills, the switch can be made to a 50:50 training to competition ratio and positions can be assigned.

Performance Level

Maximize fitness and competition preparation as well as individual and position-specific skills. Optimize the “engine” of skills and performance. Training to competition ratio in this phase shifts to 25:75, understanding that the competition percentage includes team-oriented practices and other competition-specific preparations.

When We Play

We play basketball year-round.  The breakdown of our seasons are typically as follows:

Fall (September-October)

Winter (November-February)

Spring/Summer (March-July)

Prior to each session, we hold tryouts for both current and new participants looking to play with us. Players that make a team must commit to playing the entire season.


A year round, comprehensive basketball training program that focuses on both the physical and mental aspects of player development.  Combining general athletic training, skill development and attention to the intangibles of being a well-rounded athlete; the Triple Threat Basketball Program is dedicated to helping individual players progress by utilizing a challenging curriculum and positive coaching methods as well as maintaining high standards and expectations of all those involved

Triple Threat Select

               Fall, Spring, Summer seasons

Boys’ 3rd-8th graders

               Competitive team program


               2 practices per week

               Tournaments or competitive league game play

Triple Threat

               Fall, Spring, Summer seasons

Boys’ 4th-8th graders

               Developmental team program

               2 practices per week

               Fall is in house 3 v 3 league games; Spring is 5 v 5 game play in community league

Triple Threat Junior Hoopsters

               Fall and Spring seasons

Coed K-3rd graders

               Skills Program

               1 session per week to include game play during the second half of the season

               Tournaments or competitive league game play

Triple Threat Tryout Prep Program


               Separate 8th grade and 9th grade groups

               Intensive preparation for school tryouts


Skill Builders is The J’s unique approach to youth basketball featuring quality, consistent coaching by knowledgeable coaches; and practices that are run like skill clinics. While individual skill development is stressed in all divisions; there is a greater emphasis on team and game skills beginning in 2nd grade. 

Winter season

               Boys and Girls Divisions

K through 5th graders

Recreational/Instructional in-house program

1 practice per week and 1 weekend game

Jump Start Preschool Basketball Program

This popular program for children entering kindergarten in the Fall is led by J staff.  Children are introduced to the basic skills of basketball using age appropriate learning progressions and equipment. While individual skills are the focus; game playing is introduced as the program progresses.  Parents are asked to help with some of the drills especially during the first few weeks of the program.

Winter Season

Coed for those entering Kindergarten the following Fall

Meets one day per week with instruction and scrimmage game play

For more information on Youth Basketball Programs at The J, contact Ryan Glasgow at [email protected]