Wednesday, July 20, 2011

What Does Being in Basketball Shape Mean?

By Kenny Robinson

         Most ordinary people cannot answer that question. We can start by saying a player in basketball shape has the ability to play an entire game at full capacity without getting tired. He can perform offensively and defensively the same way whether it is the beginning of the game or the end. We can also say that even though he or she is getting pushed, bumped and shoved they can still make a big shot, go after a lose ball and sink a free throw at the end of the game.
            A good example of someone in superb basketball shape was Kemba Walker during his run through the Big East and NCAA tournament or, Dirk Nowitzki during the NBA finals as he had to make one big shot after another in the final minutes of the game to give his Mavericks a chance to win. These are elite players and they have come to understand the importance of being in tip-top basketball condition and they hire the best in the off-season to get them ready.
            You can build your fitness base by running, cycling, lifting weights and other exercises, but the only way to get in basketball shape is on the court doing drills, playing basketball and pushing yourself. My college coach would always say “you can’t get better until you are too tired to workout because anybody can be good when they are fresh. The problem is the game is determined at the end when everyone is tired.” Trust me, he made sure we were in basketball shape. The main point to my coach’s statement is that basketball is an instinctive game and only repetition from hard work will allow your muscles to react instinctively and automatically in the heat of the game.
            One of our players whom has been working out with us the past couple of weeks went to a DC Assault practice and the coaches were so impressed by his conditioning and skill development that he has been asked to go to Orlando, Florida to play with them in the AAU exposure tournament against some of the top players in the country. 
            The word is getting out about our workouts because we are filled to capacity. Players are finding out quickly that if you want to get in the best shape of your life and improve your basketball skills then our workouts is where you have to be. Coach Kenny and his “Original Bull Dawg” staff are kicking butts and improving player’s games.
            Not only are we working guys out on the court five days a week, the truly serious are heading over to our facility to take part in the twice a week strength and training workouts. This kind of training regimen is not for everyone, only those who are serious about reaching his or her potential as a basketball player. It is your summer and your time don’t wait until tryouts start this Fall and say “ I wish I had worked out a lot harder during the summer.”  These guys will be running past you like you are standing still.

Only a few slots are left for the summer. Do not be left out… Contact us at to see if space is available. for more details.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Are You Interested in Playing College Basketball?

 Here is some important information that you must understand…
High school basketball is one step toward your dreams to play college basketball.   If you want your game to stand out amongst all the other basketball talent there are some things you need to consider after you have mastered the ability to play great defense, developed your quickness and explosiveness, shoot the basketball, drive to the rim and score with contact and make the free throws. 
Most good basketball players miss out on being recruited by D1 or D2 colleges because they have not met the eligibility requirements by the NCAA Clearinghouse.
The NCAA has five major requirements to be considered eligible to play DI or DII college basketball:
1)      Student Athletes must maintain a minimum 2.0 G.P.A. in all approved core classes.  
2)      Student athletes must complete all of their high school core classes. Core classes are courses that have been approved by the NCAA that meet academic standards.  The NCAA Clearinghouse approves courses in the following categories – Social Studies, Math, Natural or Physical Science and English.   In order to get approved for Division l college status a student must complete a minimum of 16 core classes.  Division II requires a minimum of 14 core classes:
16 Core Course Requirement for Division l
4 years of English.
3 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher).
2 years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if offered by high school).
1 year of additional English, mathematics or natural/physical science.
2 years of social science.
4 years of additional courses (from any area above, foreign language or nondoctrinal religion/philosophy).
14 Core Course Requirements for Division II: (Note: Beginning August 1, 2013 NCAA Division II will require completion of 16 core courses.)
3 years of English.
2 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher).
2 years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if offered by high school).
2 years of additional English, mathematics or natural/physical science.
2 years of social science.
3 years of additional courses (from any area above, foreign language or nondoctrinal religion/philosophy).
3)      Student Athletes must meet the minimum score requirements for ACT or SAT. Division I qualifying scores are based on a “sliding scale”.  The higher your academic G.P.A. the lower your ACT/SAT scores.  The lower your academic G.P.A. the higher your ACT/SAT score needs to be.  For example:  If student has core G.P.A. of 3.550 & above they have to have a minimum SAT score of 400 (verbal and math) or minimum ACT score of 37.  However, if a student has a core G.P.A. of 2.00 they must have a minimum SAT score of 1010 or minimum ACT score of 86.
Division II doesn’t have a sliding scale.  Student Athletes must have a minimum SAT score of 820 (verbal and math) or minimum ACT sum score of 68.
4) Graduate from high school!
5)      Maintain amateur status per NCAA rules.  This is an important issue.  Players can not accept monetary gifts or play at a professional level.
When is the best time to register for NCAA Eligibility?
The NCAA states a player must register at the NCAA Eligibility Center at the beginning of their junior year in high school ( It is important to make sure you keep your NCAA portfolio up-to-date on a regular basis so that colleges or universities will have the most recent information about you.  Your high school counselor also needs to send your transcripts to the NCAA Eligibility Center after you complete six semesters of coursework.
It is important that you understand NCAA eligibility requirements if you plan to pursue DI or DII college basketball.  Do not wait for a coach or a friend to do this for you. Take responsibility for your career. To learn more about the NCAA Eligibility Center visit  For NAIA schools go to

At Bull Dawg Basketball Training we can help you with your game and we can provide counseling on meeting your eligibility requirements. Contact Kenny