Returning to where it started, Upside Athletics is coming to Wisconsin this summer. I, John Nonemacher – the director of Upside, started my basketball journey in Wisconsin, playing college and summer basketball leagues with my twin brother. Coming full circle, we are excited to share the Upside knowledge with NEW Lutheran and Wayside schools in July.
Upside, at its core, is about teaching the game of basketball. When developing young players it is very important that there is a balance between reps, demonstration, and education. It is one thing to do a skill, or move, and another to understand it. Players will walk away from an Upside camp with a better understanding of the game and how they can continue to improve.
High School Skills taught at Camp Youth Skills taught at Camp
- Skills taught at this camp include:
- Different ways to finish at the rim with contact and counter moves
- Attacking the defense in transition with 3 dribbles
- Interior dominance through strong post moves and hook shots
- Shooting footwork and creating your shot
- Advanced ball handling using tennis balls
- A competitive mindset with challenging drills
- Shooting form footwork – catch and shoot, of the dribble, quicker release
- Finishing at the rim – with contact and control, counter moves
- Ball handling – emphasising footwork, applying it to game situations
- Competitive mindset – teamwork, communication, and applying skills
- Upside also addresses the lessons taught through sports: hard work, determination, teamwork, communication, and success.