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Fall Clinics Are Here!

Our fall basketball clinics are here.  Whether you're looking to get ready for tryouts, hone your skills, or just hoop it up with friends, the WBA has clinics for boys and girls from 1st through 8th grade.  Check them out and drop in for a session today!

 

 

  • Girls Pre-Season Clinics with WHS Girls Varsity Coach Dan Rosen and staff
    • 4th - 8th grade girls welcome
    • Saturday mornings 9:00 am - 10:30 am
    • 5 sessions (9/17, 9/24, 10/1*, 10/8, 10/15)
    • Weston High School New Gym (*10/1 session at WIS)
    • $150, or drop in for $35 per day
    • Come learn from one of the best around!

 

  • Boys Pre-Season Clinics with WHS Boys Varsity Coach Sam Moser and staff
    • 4th - 8th grade boys welcome
    • Saturday mornings 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
    • 5 sessions (9/17, 9/24, 10/1*, 10/8, 10/15)
    • Weston High School New Gym (*10/1 session at WIS)
    • $150, or drop in for $35 per day
    • Come meet and learn from our NEW boys varsity coach!

 

  • Boys & Girls Youth Clinics with WHS Girls Varsity Coach Dan Rosen and staff
    • 1st - 3rd grade boys & girls welcome
    • Thursday evenings 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    • Weston High School New Gym
    • 7 sessions (9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27)
    • $150 -- sorry, no drop in option available
    • Come have fun while you learn the fundamentals!
Pre-Tryout Clinic Saturday at WIS

Making plans for the long weekend ahead?  Well, don't forget to make time to drop in for our Saturday morning basketball clinics.  WBA tryouts are just over 2 weeks away, so there's no time like the present to tune up your skills with Weston High's varsity staff.  For this Saturday (10/1) only, the clinics have moved to WIS due to SATs at the high school.  Bring your ball, your water bottle, and your game face.  We can't wait to see you there!

 

  • Girls Pre-Season Clinics with WHS Girls Varsity Coach Dan Rosen and staff
    • 4th - 8th grade girls welcome
    • Saturday mornings 9:00 am - 10:30 am
    • 5 sessions (9/17, 9/24, 10/1*, 10/8, 10/15)
    • Weston High School New Gym (*10/1 session at WIS)
    • Drop in for $35 per day
    • Come learn from one of the best around!

 

  • Boys Pre-Season Clinics with WHS Boys Varsity Coach Sam Moser and staff
    • 4th - 8th grade boys welcome
    • Saturday mornings 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
    • 5 sessions (9/17, 9/24, 10/1*, 10/8, 10/15)
    • Weston High School New Gym (*10/1 session at WIS)
    • Drop in for $35 per day
    • Come meet and learn from our NEW boys varsity coach!

 


by posted 09/28/2016
Welcome to the Jr. NBA

 

 

We are happy to announce that the WBA has struck a formal affiliation with the Jr. NBA, the youth development arm of the NBA.  Learning the game should be as fun as possible, and the Jr. NBA provides an aspirational element that has several benefits for our program and our kids.

Most of all, it helps hone our focus on skill development.  We at the WBA have recognized that our kids are often missing the fundamental skills they need to compete effectively.  As a result, we have decided to add a mandatory third weekly practice to our 5th-8th grade travel programs.  This third practice will be entirely focused on skills training.  It will be led by an experienced and dedicated skills coach, and it is modeled on the best basketball programs out there.

The Jr. NBA provides content and incentives that we think will really help.  At season end, we will hold a Jr. NBA sanctioned skills contest, and winners of each grade and gender will continue on to a regional contest at Chelsea Piers.  If they win there, they will compete in NYC for a chance to attend the NBA Draft in June!  Not only will the contest exemplify our skills focus, it will make it really fun for our kids.

This affiliation also lets us improve the quality of instruction at all levels.  Our less experienced coaches get the chance to become certified by USA Basketball, and we will incorporate some great Jr. NBA teaching content for coaches, volunteers, and parents.  For example, click through for videos from DeMarcus Cousins working the post and Elena Delle Donne shooting the step back.

Ultimately, it's about giving our kids an amazing experience while they learn how to play the game the right way.  The Jr. NBA is a great partner for making getting better fun, and we're all really excited for the season to come.

For more info on the Jr. NBA, skills training, and the season ahead, please come to our WBA Community Meeting at 7pm on Wednesday, October 5th in the Weston Town Hall Meeting Room.  We hope to see you there!


by posted 09/22/2016
An Interview With Coach Moser

Like all Weston hoops fans, we at the WBA wanted to get to know more about Weston High School's new boys varsity basketball coach, Sam Moser.  We sat down recently for a conversation.
 

WBA:  Tell us a little about your background.
 
SM:  I’ve lived my entire life in Connecticut.  I lived in Cromwell until I was in 4th grade and then moved to Tolland and have been there ever since.  I played both basketball and baseball throughout my time in high school.  After high school, I went to UMass Amherst for 2 years and then transferred to pursue Actuarial Mathematics at UConn and finished my time there.  I am currently a group benefits underwriter at The Hartford. 
 
WBA:  How did you get interested in coaching?
 
SM:  I’ve always wanted to coach and always felt I had the leadership and teaching abilities to be successful.  I coached basketball for 5 years and baseball for 4 years.  I’ve learned the most about coaching from the baseball coach at Tolland.  I played all my years at Tolland for him and got to coach alongside him.  I’ve never had more fun playing for any coach and that’s what I want to bring to the kids at Weston.  We worked hard and found a lot of success, but the bonds I built on that team will last my entire life.  I’ve also worked along two coaches at Tolland with college basketball experience, Dean Edwards and Mike Lewis, and I’ve learned a lot about the game of basketball from them.  That experience was invaluable.
 
WBA:  Which coaches do you consider your role models?
 
SM:  My role models in college and professional sports are very wide and pretty unrelated.  I really enjoy reading and hearing about different ways that coaches inspire their players and get the most from them.  I’m a huge Ohio State fan (my mom’s side is from Ohio) and I’ve really got an appreciation for Urban Meyer and his program.  In addition, Nick Saban at Alabama is excellent.  I’ve really adopted his “Process” over the last few years and believe strongly in its power.  Being a Patriot fan, you can’t help but appreciate Bill Belichick as well.
 
WBA:  And what's your philosophy on the basketball court?
 
SM:  On the basketball side of things, my interest is really on the Xs and Os.  I really enjoy watching the Warriors play and the offense that Steve Kerr has implemented.  A lot of those concepts come from Gregg Popovich with the Spurs.  My philosophy on offense is an up-tempo pace, player movement, and ball movement.  You want to watch some great offensive basketball, watch those two teams play each other.  On the defensive side, Rick Pitino and Shaka Smart system’s are also excellent.  My philosophy on defense is a lot of pressing, changing in and out of defenses, and controlling pace. 
 
WBA:  What do you like to do outside of the gym?
 
SM:  Outside of basketball, I’m basically your average guy.  I try to spend as much time with friends and families as possible.  I try to take as much time as possible off during the summer because I love the warm weather and all the summer activities.  I’m a total beach bum.  I love the water and the sand, taking tropical vacations, surfing, boating and jet skiing.  Pretty much anything that involves water I’m in.  Each summer I help rebuild and repair homes through an organization similar to Habitat for Humanity.  I’ve traveled all over the country and met some fantastic people.  I’ve had the chance to go to Tennessee, Alabama, New Orleans (post-Katrina recovery), NJ (post-Sandy recovery), and about 10 other states through doing this.  I encourage anyone that has the opportunity to help those less fortunate or in need to take it. 
 
WBA:  What advice do you have for young players trying to get better at the game?
 
SM:  The best advice is just PLAY.  Doesn’t matter if you’re just with a few friends or playing in every league you can possibly be in, find a way to play.  Basketball is such a unique sport because you can improve by yourself so easily.  You just need a ball and a hoop, and there’s plenty of ways to get better even without a hoop.  Just make sure that if you’re playing by yourself, you’re working at game speed.  A hundred shots going as hard and as fast as possible is a lot better than 500 lazy shots.  Work on game like scenarios at game speed.
 
WBA:  You're running a basketball clinic at WHS starting next Saturday.  What should the kids expect?  Hours of knockout?  Lots of suicides?
 
SM:  (Laughs.)  I'm not a big fan of knockout; I just think it’s a very inefficient way to get better at basketball.  You spend maybe 75% of your time standing around, and you take the same shot each time.  Suicides are a great way to get in shape, but there’s plenty of other conditioning drills that accomplish the same thing.  There’s plenty of ways to make conditioning and getting in shape fun or at least interesting.  You can’t rely on just suicides.  And as far as the clinic, the kids will have an opportunity to improve their game, learn a lot, and get to spend some quality time with teammates and fellow classmates.  If they come with a positive attitude and a desire to improve, this is the place for them. 
 
Come join Coach Moser at the WBA Preseason Clinics.  Sessions will take place at WHS on 5 consecutive Saturday mornings (9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15) from 10:30am-noon and are open to all 4th-8th grade boys.  Visit westonbasketball.com to learn more and sign up today!
 

by posted 09/09/2016
Important Dates Ahead

 

  • WBA Community Meeting, Wednesday October 5th 7pm
    • Weston Town Hall Meeting Room
    • Info on the travel season ahead, open Q&A

 

  • WBA Tryouts Begin, Week of October 17th
    • Weston School Gyms
    • Grade specific schedules coming soon

 

Please make a note of these important dates ahead!


by posted 08/25/2016
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