Saturday, November 21, 2009

BST Advanced Preseason Program a Success

The BST Advanced Preseason Program wrapped up recently. 14 NH players attended the program, and it was a very good tune-up before the season for all.

The players who attended the program were as follows: Vinnie Zenni (Memorial) Edhem Mahmutovic (Memorial) Cormac Fitzpatrick (Memorial), Zach Stevens (Trinity), Silvere Aluko (Trinity), Andrew Lauderdale (Trinity), Mike O'Loughlin (Milford), Greg Leblond (John Stark), Seth Cordts(Souhegan), Jim Tomaswick (Alvirne), John Gardner (Alvirne), Pat Keefe (Hillside Middle School), Dawson Dickson (St. Joseph's Middle School) and Carmen Giampertrucci (St. Joseph's Middle School).

The program consisted of five two hour sessions held at the Sports Zone in Derry. Each session began by focusing on agility drills, conditioning, and core strengthening. These drills were led by Joil Bergeron. The remainder of the workout was made up of basketball drills. For many of these drills, the players were split up into guards and bigs. Many of these drills focused on real-game situations.

On the last day of the program, the players were split up into teams and scrimmaged. It was a fun way to end the program, which really got the kids into shape before the season. Even during the scrimmage though, the instructors kept teaching. They pointed things out to the players to help take their game to the next level.

This was not your typical preseason workout. That is clear when talking to Brett Sellingham, who was the program's director. "The agility, core strenghting was huge, that is a part of the next level that a lot of kids don't know about and that is a major reason NH kids are so far behind when they reach the next level. The idea behind all of our programs is to introduce kids to a division one level program structure, so they can have a grasp on what the next level, be it div. 1, 2 or 3 are about."

I was a spectator for three of the five sessions. I was impressed not only by the conditioning drills, but also the personal instruction the players received. By that I mean the player-to-ooach ratio. Many camps and clinics will have 20-30 or more players, with just one, maybe two coaches. At the BST Advanced Preseason Program there were 14 players and five coaches. This allowed for much more personal instruction, and coaches were able to take the time and point out little things in a player's game that often go unnoticed but are important nonetheless.

The instructors were as follows: Brett Sellingham (point guard, utility instructor) Billy Collins (wing players), Danny Rassenen (post players), Will Flowers (point guard, utility instructor) and Jiol Bergeron (NLP-agility, core trainer).

I really feel like these kids became better athletes and ballplayers by attending this program. These players are all very dedicated to the game of basketball, and determined to get better.

I was also impressed by the three 8th graders who attended. They were playing with some of the better sophomores, juniors and seniors around, and they still were able to hold their own and play well in the drills and scrimmage. All three (Keefe, Dickson, and Giampertrucci) will all likely be attending Trinity High School starting next fall. Coach Keefe will not only be able to coach his son, but he'll also have three talented guards to build a team around.

Good luck to all 14 of the players this upcoming season!


  1. Sounds like a good training program. Is it invite only?

  2. First and foremost this program is long,long overdue. I have been fortunate to play,coach at all levels of the game.I was able to view this program from a far for 4 out of the 5 sessions. Over the past few years i have dedicated my time to teaching/coaching at these types of programs around New England, BST is one of the only programs to hit it right on the head. The combination of agility,core training and advanced positional training is superior,it forces kids to focus when being exhausted, when the mind is weakest, that is crucial,especially at the end of games. In my experience of viewing NH basketball, it is very clear that kids are pretty well coached when it comes to the X's & O's of the game, but when it comes to the "Fundamentals" ie:footwork, reading scenarios,etc they are lacking and those are the things that will allow of these kids to succeed at the next level. ESPN recently ran a story about why there is not alot of white Americans in the NBA today, but there is alot of white foreign players in the game, the answer is simple 1)there is a rare few that can succed on athleticism alone,but that doesnt make the quality of game good, just look at some of these teams in the NBA, Awful basketball, incredible athletes but horrible basketball. 2)The white foreign players are very well coached in the "fundamentals" of the game, allowing them to make up for the lack of athleticism, they play the game with their brain, beautiful thing. Dont get it wrong these guys are still damn good athletes, just not compared to the other 75% of the players in the league. If a player studys the game and developes the brain,muscle memory of the basic fundamentals, that .5" of seperation created through proper footwork, ball fakes etc. will be the key to success. Any kid who has the opportunity to participate in this program, should do so, if they dont, they are doing themselves a huge injustice.

  3. It's too bad so many events for players are centrally located. Wish this program could take place closer to the seacoast...UNH? Hope as it grows it might be able to expand its locations.

  4. In response to the question about whether this was invitation-only: According the the program's director, invitations went out to certain kids but it was also open for open enrollment, as advertised in the newspapers and e-mails to coaches.

  5. i was one of 14 year old kids, and this program was very good. i was lucky that i got it for free. if i were you'd sign up.