Nick Tsikitas, the Director and Founder of the Heat Elite (the only Long Island D1 National Championship team in AAU history) and Portledge’s Varsity Basketball Coach, is directing our summer basketball academy. Nick and his staff of talented basketball players have created a curriculum that teaches the fundamentals of the game, along with advanced strategy and tactics. Participants will have fun, learn new skills, make new friends, and work on fundamental basketball skills.
Date: June 24 - 28, July 1 - 5 (no class July 4), July 8 - 12, July 15 - 19, July 29 - Aug. 2, Aug. 5 - 9 Ages: 6 - 16 years old Time: 9 am - 3 pm Course Fee: $495, $395 week of July 1, Multiple week discount is available
- Shooting - All players will do extensive jump shooting work during the early morning session, with position-specific shots added in for each position group.
- Ball-handling - We lead players through ball-handling drills to sharpen hand-eye coordination, muscle memory, focus, and the ability to regain control of the ball after an imperfect or unexpected bounce.
- Defense - We believe that defensive IQ and body positioning is more important than athleticism, so we teach players the correct ways to move their feet and create pressure without fouling on and off the ball.
- Offensive footwork - We take players through drills on changing speeds, screening techniques, and strategy, as well as using and reading screens to get off a shot or to create mismatches. Great footwork with the ball and movement without the ball are seen as essential to becoming a top-tier scorer and offensive facilitator.
- Athleticism - Athletes will go through performance training with staff members, incorporating running, agility, core strength, plyometric strength, and weight training.
- Game strategy - The staff will put players in game situations to test them mentally and physically, enabling them to understand the game at a higher level.
- Character development - We believe that The Portledge Basketball Academy is the most challenging and life-changing basketball camp in Long Island. We hold players to a strict set of conduct expectations with the goal of building positive character traits and teaching life skills. We train our staff to always bring a positive attitude and to teach with constructive criticism to promote a love for the game of basketball.