By Justin Bridgman
Executive Assistant/Video Editor
There are many myths surrounding private basketball training, and many misconceptions about how useful it actually is. We are here to help bust those myths, and explain what we do at iTrainedU to differentiate ourselves from other basketball training companies.
Myth 8: I don’t need to think out there, I just need to go out there and do it
At iTrainedU, that is not the case. We do not develop players who make moves without understanding why they are making them. We want to develop a players knowledge of the game as they develop as a player. By becoming a player that thinks on the court, our students have an advantage over the competition.
Watch a player like Kobe with the ball in his hands. He is sizing up his defender, reading how the defense is going to play him, and making a decision about how to attack using that information. It makes him more effective as a player, and can cover up for his diminishing athletic ability.
iTrainedU wants to eventually develop our students into a players that can make all our moves subconsciously, but if a player does not think on the court, they are placing themselves at a major disadvantage.
Myth 9: I don’t need to pay a lot for training, plus my Dad played in elementary school he can teach me!
You get what you pay for, and that is why private training is worth the expense. When someone truly knows what they are doing, they get properly compensated for it. Given the choice between the $20 an hour surgeon and the $10,000 an hour one, which one would you chose? Consider that there is a reason one charges $10,000, that surgeon probably does a much better job and has a much better track record.
What iTrainedU teaches in a one hour, other trainers would need 10 hours to teach. That creates a great value in the long run. Players are able to develop skills quicker, and progress to more advanced levels of our program.
In regards to your Dad, he also built an IKEA bookshelf, does that mean you want him running the plumbing and electric wiring to your new house? Dad is a great resource to introduce you to basketball, but he can’t help you the way a private trainer can. Parents typically do not have a good teaching relationship with their children, and might not have the skill set necessary to teach them basketball skills.
iTrainedU trains children in a safe environment using a closed system. That means, no matter what iTrainedU trainer is working with your child, they are learning the same thing. Master Trainer Brandon Adams personally teaches each trainer the way to train. You will learn the “triple threat position” the same way from each coach in our company. Everyone teaches the same thing the same way.
Myth 10: My Mom and/or Dad was a good player on a good team, they should know how to teach the game.
Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan are both great basketball players. Both have been total failures when it comes to teaching the game to others. Magic tried and failed as a coach. Michael has poorly run two different NBA franchises. Yes, some players can make the transition to teaching (Larry Bird and Brandon Adams are two examples) but it is not an easy transition.
iTrainedU has a specialized training system that is based on a simple principle. It is the message, not the messenger that is a critical piece to player development. Our closed system presents a uniform message which is designed to help players develop to their full potential.
Any basketball player that wants to get better, improve their role on their current team, and maximize their chances at extending their career should consider private training. Basketball skills are developed in an educational environment. All the best players in the world have private coaches and continue to get better because of those coaches. Don’t let these myths dissuade you from getting a great private trainer who can take your name to the next level.