Mike Falsetti is a former professional catcher and currently runs Catchers Capital (www.catcherscapital.com) where he helps young athletes develop their receiving, blocking, and throwing skills to be able to play catcher at the next level like he did. Hailing from the Windy City, Mike joins to guys to talk about his story and his journey to starting up Catchers Capital. He gets very technical when talking about his training regimens and his favorite drills and progressions that he likes to go through with his clients. You'll want to get out the pen and paper to take notes as Mike dives deep into arguably the most important position on the baseball diamond.
Professional basketball player Terrell Stoglin joins the Hustle crew to talk about his professional career and his unique training plan. After playing at the top tier of college basketball, Terrell went on to play overseas in a few different countries. Ever since high school, Terrell has hit the gym every day and hit 500 shots. Not "attempted", he has to MAKE 500 shots before he leaves the gym. He tells us how that practice has helped him succeed on the hardwood. He walks us through his journey, breaks down some distinctions between the leagues he has played in, and gives some tips to the younger athletes out there hoping to go pro one day too.
Hannah Huesman is a Mental Skills Coach with the Philadelphia Phillies organization. She joins the guys to talk about her expertise and why mental health is just as important as physical health when it comes to training. She walks us through her experiences, some success stories, and some drills you can try at home to better your mental health. Hannah dives into not just how mental skills training can help your game, but also how it can help you perform in everyday life.
Coach and Trainer Jordan Lawley joins us to talk about his experience growing his business and how he got to where he is today. Jordan trains all sorts of clients, including NBA players and celebrities, and even tells us some stories of who he's coaching for the upcoming NBA All Star Celebrity Game during All-Star Weekend. He takes us down memory lane and his experience breaking records at UC-San Diego then going on to play professionally overseas. He fills us in on some of his favorite training drills and what most younger players lack before even coming to see him.
Here are five things you can do to reach your potential as a basketball player. Work hard enough and you’re guaranteed to have a better chance at making it through this year’s tryouts.
Rebounding is one of the most important skills in the game because it helps reduce the number of offensive opportunities that your opponent will get over the course of the game.
Here at Hustle, we focus on building the best basketball app out there, but we also want to help you make good decisions with the products you buy. That’s why we created this list to help you teach your kid to love basketball.
With the holidays right around the corner, it’s never too late to pick up the perfect gift for that special basketball fan in your life. From relatives, friends and teammates to coaches, or even coworkers, basketball themed gifts are fun and easy to give. Basketball season is in full swing, so there’s no more timely gift out there. So check out some of our favorite basketball themed gifts this year.
Nobody saw him coming. Oklahoma’s Trae Young had almost no buzz prior to the start of the 2017-2018 NCAA basketball season, but since delivering multiple 40-plus point games with an incredible shooting percentage, everyone is singing his praises. The star point guard is leading the nation in points per game and assists per game, while getting comparisons to Steph Curry for his shooting prowess and quick release. He’s also carrying his team to one of their best seasons in recent memory.
The mid-range jumper definitely takes a lot of work and the right mindset. But having this shot in your arsenal can make you a lot more versatile, it’s an easy way to get yourself shots, and it’s a lot more efficient than you may think
Training Tips from Professional Basketball Player Nick Novak
Fox Chapel high school basketball coach and statistician, Gabe Skrinjar, explains the importance of incorporating objective performance measurements into practice and game day routines.
One of the toughest parts of being a coach is finding the right drills for your kids. This is a mix of a drill that is easy to learn, easy to practice, and can be carried back onto the court at game time.
When it comes to being a better coach and coaching your team to be better players, there are a lot of different approaches you can take. There are clinics, or in-personal learning. There are online learning opportunities, both formal and informal. There are books and manuals on the subject. There are YouTube videos. And then there are apps.
Most professional baseball players take hundreds of swings every single day. Most professional basketball players take hundreds of practice shots every single day. There is no question that repetition of basic drills is effective. However, youth athletes are fundamentally different from professionals. Not many kids will be able to focus on a single drill over and over and over. For that and many other reasons, introducing drill variety is paramount as a youth coach. Using a variety of drills builds technique, keeps players motivated, makes practice more fun for kids, and ultimately will lead to a better experience for young athletes.
We talk with Matt Lewis, head coach of the Men's Basketball team at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Last season, Coach Lewis guided UW-Oshkosh to its most successful season in the program's 121-year history. Lewis and the Titans capped off the campaign with a 96-82 victory over Swarthmore College (Pa.) in the national championship game. He talks to us about that experience, his favorite drills and exercises that got his team to that pinnacle, some background on the recruiting process, and much more.
We're joined by Coach Sam Brand, who just won his third straight state championship in Maryland with his squad at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. In addition to being the head coach there, Coach Brand also works with players at the U16 and U17 levels for USA Basketball. We talk to him about his start into coaching and how he zeroes in on what his players need to work on. He walks us through a typical season and what drills and exercises he puts his team through to keep bringing back those trophies to BPI.
Coach Brendan O'Connell joins us to talk about the mini-dynasty he has built at Eleanor Roosevelt HS in MD, and the importance of playing sports year-round to stay in shape.
When I was a kid, like many of you, I dreamed about playing college basketball. But not just any college basketball, I wanted to play for Marquette. My dad had been a student there during their one and only national championship in 1977, and needless to say, if Marquette was playing on tv, my family was tuned in. I grew up watching guys like Anthony Pieper and Chris Crawford, and while I admired what they could do on the basketball court, I really wanted to know what they did to get to that level. What did their workouts look like; what were they doing that I wasn’t?
Coach and Trainer Skyler Halford joins us to talk about his experience playing college ball and how that translated into this part of his career as a coach and trainer. He touches on his favorite drills, workouts, and how he helps his players gain confidence in their shot. He also tells us about his approach to training different types of players, from youth athletes to professionals.
Jefferson Mason tells us about his experience playing professionally and his work now as a skills development trainer and an ambassador for Dr. Dish Basketball. After a college career that took him to the national championship game, a professional career that led him to several international leagues, Jefferson started training players at all levels, from youth to professional and most recently joined Dr. Dish Basketball. Jefferson talks to us about what's in store for the future of technology and sports training.
Marcus Hodges joins the HustleWithUs podcast to talk about his training tactics and how he encourages his players to stay on the grind. Marcus works with players of all ages, from youth athletes to high school and college players and also some well-known professional players. He shares some of his favorite drills and exercises with us while. He also touches on his specialties as a trainer and provides insights on how he has been able to build such a loyal following on social media.
Micah Kurtz is the current Assistant A.D. at Windermere Prep in Orlando, FL and a Strength & Conditioning Consultant for Oak Hill Academy. He was the NSCA National Strength Coach of the Year in 2016 and was named a Top 40 Coach Under 40 by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association in 2018. He excels in developing strength & conditioning programs for athletes of all sports and making sure they stay safe while training. He talks to us about his experience being a lifelong learner, about what age is the right age to start strength training, and the best way to build a program with your own team.
Trainer and Professional Shooting Coach Mike Dunn joins us to talk about his transition to the training world and how he was able to make the leap. He developed an almost perfect shot at a young age and passes those lessons on to all his athletes, young and old. Take out your notebook as you listen to him describe the perfect shooting technique and how to improve your free throw percentage. He also touches on some of his plans for this summer.
Coach Paul Easton has an incredible story to tell the Hustle With Us podcast. He came from Scotland and used his persistence to become one of social media's most followed basketball trainers. He fills us in on how he grew his basketball IQ despite not being around the sport a ton when he was very young. He gives us some tidbits on finding his niche on social media and the different types of players he trains. He also gives advice on how he alters his style when coaching young athletes vs. coaching professional players.
Professional basketball player Dustin Sleva joins us to talk about his story from breaking records at Shippensburg University to making the most of his chance to play overseas for the Paris Basketball League. He gives us some insight to how he earned that opportunity and some of the talent he's able to play against in Europe. Dustin is a constant learner and walks us through some drills he continues to do to this day, and how he altered some of his training to play in a league with slightly different set of rules than the NBA and NCAA. With someone who hit a growth spurt later in life, he also talks about some of the mental hurdles he had to overcome early in his career and how you can gain that mindset in your own training.
Coach Don Showalter is the USA Basketball Youth Division Director of Coach Development. He comes from an extensive background of coaching where he has used over 50 years of experience to help his athletes get better everyday. He's undefeated in international play and now participates in most of the recruiting for USA Basketball Juniors. He talks with us about some of his philosophies when it comes to coaching and how he'd help a team form its chemistry after being brought together from all over the country. He has coached a ton of players that eventually made it in the NBA and tells us about a comeback story with one guy that just signed a max deal a few years ago. Coach Showalter has a ton of knowledge and he lays down some of it for you in this episode.
Bobby Whyte didn't expect to run his own training business, but when the opportunity was in front of him, he didn't back down from the challenge. True to his personality, Bobby charged at it head-on. He now runs the successful HyPower Performance and loves his role bringing players of all ages to the edge of their ability and beyond. He talks with us about how he got his start as an I'm Possible trainer and why teaching young kids vs. pros really isn't much different at the end of the day. He also tells you why consistency is the most important aspect if you want to improve your game.
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