TOWN - RECREATION
HOW OUR PARTNERSHIPS BENEFIT YOUR TOWN'S YOUTH
THE YOUTH BASKETBALL EXPERIENCE
LET'S MAKE YOUR PROGRAMMING EVEN BETTER
Getting ingrained in the communities we serve is imperative to the success of our brand. Since 2008, GTT has successfully served in different capacities and roles when partnering with local recreation departments and youth basketball organizations. Every town has different needs, but they each have the same goal: provide a better basketball experience for the youth living in-town.
Game Time Training helps achieve these goals by supplementing basketball needs, providing year-round programming, and becoming a resource for all involved.
TRYOUT STAFFING AND EXECUTION
One of the biggest issues within town and travel basketball is the perception of relationship-driven roster decisions.
Parent and townie-run tryouts never end well. There will always be disgruntled parents and reasons why the tryout process is unfair. We solve this issue by providing unbiased qualified coaches to run the tryout, lead the operations and choose the rosters.
Our proven process in combination with town coaches and ratings ensure the right players are on the right teams. Parents in-town appreciate the effort and the board will save themselves numerous angry phone calls.
Most youth basketball associations are focused on organizing winter programs (in-town and travel) for elementary and middle school boys and girls.
Many of these organizations are structured as non-profits so making money isn’t necessarily imperative. In fact, a goal for most towns is to minimize the ever growing cost to play basketball.
By offering consistent programming outside of the traditional realm, boards are able to make supplemental income without the worries of staffing. This increase income can be turned in favor of cheaper pricing to the in-town participants for the leagues and travel teams offered.
The majority of coaches within town are volunteer parents. While some have coaching and playing experience, others are novice and appreciate learning some basics to help the team they’re coaching.
GTT provides coaching clinics led by some of the top coaches within your area. In conjunction with the town leaders, we create an agenda that fits the needs of the coaches.
Having educated coaches is imperative to having successful youth basketball programming. Students are only as good as their teachers.
In-house programs across the country have a major problem, they are run by volunteer coaches that vary from high school kids to novice family and friends. There are no qualification metrics other than ensuring a coach has the time to commit to being present.
Essentially, in-house leagues are FUN. Here’s the problem: “How will my son or daughter ever make the travel team if they aren’t getting developed properly in the only alternative offered in-town?”
In addition to coaching clinics, towns have hired GTT to actually run the practices for the volunteer coaches who appreciate the help.
Staffing is sometimes an issue – volunteers who have lives and don’t have the time to run in-house leagues or manage communications, etc.
NORTHBOROUGH YOUTH BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION (NYBA)
Northborough Youth Basketball Association (NYBA) partnered with Isaiah Davis and Game Time Training (GTT) this past winter season to assist with player and coach development for our in-town leagues, grades 1-6, boys and girls.
Isaiah, affectionately called Coach ID by the kids, was fun, educational, and engaging. The kids' responses were fantastic!
Isaiah’s basketball IQ is solid, so he easily adjusted the practice lessons to each age and skill level. Isaiah does a great job connecting with each child, calling each by name, and providing constructive coaching in a positive manner. The feedback from parents and coaches was extremely positive. It was not long before our more skilled travel coaches asked for some assistance as well.
Overall, it has been a great first year with Isaiah and the Game Time Training staff. I am looking forward to another productive season!