M14 Hoops wants to help YOU become a better player! Whether it’s school tryouts or travel ball, we are the best option to increase player’s skill levels, confidence, and toughness on and off the court.
Our basketball training academy staff has years of experience playing and coaching at the high school, college and professional level. Players will have the opportunity to learn and be mentored under these professional players to advance their game. We ensure this by establishing accountability on both trainer and player so that every person involved is bringing their best effort. The pace of our workouts guarantees the maximum amount of repetition in a great learning environment. Our trainers take the time to explain the “when” and the “why” of each move to increase understanding, which helps deliver a high basketball IQ.
WELCOME TO THE M14 BASKETBALL TRAINING ACADEMY!
OUR ACADEMY IS THE BEST WAY
FOR BASKETBALL PLAYERS TO RAISE THEIR GAME.
THE 14 STEPS TO UNDERSTANDING THE M14 BASKETBALL ACADEMY
WHAT IS THE ACADEMY?
The Academy is our local Chicago suburb training program that is held at our own facility in Aurora Illinois. For all of the Basketball Training Academy Programs the players are divided into different classes based on age, gender and talent.
Training Programs are offered year round. The programs include camps, clinics and Academy Teams. We also offer year around basketball training for players interested in development but not our teams. At the facility we do offer Speed, Agility, Strength and Performance training in our state of the art weightroom.
For our training program, each season our staff creates personalized goals for each specific player, without exceptions. The goals reflect many factors, such as how long the player has been with M14. Other details taken into consideration include the pace the player has progressed. We are extremely detailed when it comes to teaching basketball. We do not move too quickly with players, or too slow. We make sure what we teach is seen when they play in basketball games. This takes time, which is why we do emphasis the commitment level each season.
For our Academy Teams, the focus is still development. We use the games as a testing ground to see what a player can and cannot do. We then use Battle Grounds as the platform for players to work on their weaknesses. The ultimate goal for our Academy Teams 4th-8th Grade is to make the high school team and play meaningful minutes. Once in High School our AAU teams goals are to continue developing, play varsity and obtain a college scholarship for those who have that as a goal.
Each Academy Program is progressive with skill; one month builds on the next. All players must wear their practice jersey at each session and have a copy of Explosive Handles Ball Handling Videos to do their homework.
HOW DO PLAYERS GET INTO THE TRAINING ACADEMY OR ON AN ACADEMY TEAM?
All players interested in our Basketball Training Academy must sign up for Placement Day. Placement Day is our tryout. It is the fairest way for us to see all interested players in action. We need to see their skill level. Players undergo an intense 90 minutes of basketball training and are evaluated during it.
Placement Day is held for the Spring, Fall and Winter Academies for training program. It is held twice a year (spring and winter) for our Academy Teams.
Placement Day starts with a mandatory parent meeting in which we set expectations, discuss commitment level and the financial obligation.
IF YOUR PLAYER MISSES PLACEMENT DAY AND IS INTERESTED IN OUR ACADEMY, THEY WILL HAVE TO SET UP A PRIVATE EVALUATION.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER PLACEMENT DAY?
After Placement Day all players receive an email. The email may extend an invite to join the academy. It could also be to inform parents their player did not make it into the academy. Each class has limited spots, so unfortunately not all players receive an invitation. If your player does not receive a spot in the Academy you will be sent other options.
You will notice that at most grade levels there are multiple classes offered (Grey, Blue, and at certain grade levels Green). If your player gets invited into the academy they will be placed in one of those color classes. The color classes are how we 'pool' talent to ensure that we are teaching the M14 System at the correct pace. We do not want to overwhelm players but we also don't slow down too much. By grouping players into these color classes we ensure quality in the program. Color class placement is based on skill, talent and athleticism.
After Placement Day your player is invited into a color group (Grey/Blue/Green) which will indicate the level in which they were placed. Once all spots are accepted, we use training camp (the first 3-4 weeks of the season) to assign final roster spots in each team.
HOW MANY SPOTS ARE OFFERED IN AN ACADEMY CLASS?
The maximum number of spots a class will offer is 24. Quality of training means everything to M14. Our ability to build each player’s individual strengths and work past their weaknesses is best at this class size.
All Spring and Winter Academy Teams are put together out of the color classes. We will have 8-10 players on a team.
Although most of our players train with us year round, that is not mandatory. It is mandatory for players to commitment for the entire academy season when they accept an invitation to join. Several different payment options are offered.
For multiple sport athletes or players who only want to train with M14, we do offer A.T.P. during the Spring, Fall and Winter months. This is a train-only program.
SCHEDULE/MONTHLY SESSIONS OFFERED
For each particular basketball training academy season the schedule is posted 1 month before. At most grade levels there are multiple classes offered. Players undergo our evaluation process to earn a spot in one of those classes offered. Each month of that academy season, the schedule does not change. The times, location, and days remain the same. Players are not allowed to change classes after they have been offered a spot.
The Spring Academy
Academy Teams (4rd-8th boys / 5th-8th girls) is a 16 week program starting at the beginning of March. This program is broken into 2 parts; part 1 is a 4 week training camp which is all about training, conditioning, speed and agility. Part 2 (final 12 weeks) is the season which offers training, games and Battle Grounds.
A.T.P. (Academy Training Program)
(4th-8th Boys / 5th-8th Girls) is a 12 week program starting at the beginning of March. It offers 8 sessions a month (2 sessions each week). This program also offers 4 make-up skill sessions a month. We understand that during the spring season, players are also playing a different spring sport, so time is limited. We make every effort for our players to continue to train with us. If they miss one session a week, they can always use the make-up skill session to ensure they get their 8 sessions completed. A.T.P. is a train only option that is open to both multi-sport players as well as players who only want to train with M14.
First Step (1st-3rd Boys / 1st-4th Girls) is a 12 week program starting at the beginning of March.
The Fall Academy
Fall Training Program (4th-12th boys / 5th-12th girls) is a 3-month commitment starting at the beginning of August. It offers 12 sessions a month (3 sessions each week). The Fall Academy does offer any make-up session on Saturday mornings.
First Step (1st-3rd Boys / 1st-4th Girls) is a 12 week program starting at the beginning of August. It offers 2 6-week parts (12 total weeks). Each part offers 2 training sessions a week and players are allowed to choose a twice a week option or a once a week option.
The Winter Academy
Academy Teams (4th-8th boys / 5th-8th girls) is a 16 week program starting at the beginning of November. This program is broken into 2 parts; part 1 is a 4-week training camp which is all about training, conditioning, and Battle Grounds. Part 2 (final 12 weeks) is the season which offers training, and games and Battle Grounds.
First Step: The League is a 8-week program that runs November and December, then again January and February. This program offers 2 practices a week with 1 game held on the weekend.
Rapid Fire Sunday Night Shooting is for grades 9-12. Part 1 offers 5 sessions in November and December. Part 2 is through-out January and February. This program is for players who made their high school teams.
Last Shot Academy is for 9th -11th grade Boys who did not make their high school team. It is a 16 week program starting at the beginning of November. This program offers 3 sessions a week with 2 speed & agility sessions. It also includes 1 game on Saturdays.
NOW THAT YOU HAVE THE “FRAME WORK” FOR THE ACADEMY,
LET’S GET INTO MORE DETAIL.
HOW ARE THE GRADE/GENDERS DIVIDED?
Our Basketball Training Academy Classes are divided by grade and gender. The class divide can be easily seen by following the dynamic menu bar at the top of this page. Simply put in the season for which you are interested, your player’s gender, followed by grade. You will be taken to the program that is offered. You will notice multiple classes offered at most grade levels. If your player passes Placement Day and/or the private evaluation, they will be offered a spot in one of those classes. Players are not allowed to switch classes after being invited into the Academy.
WHAT IS THE PLAYER/COACH RATIO? HOW MANY PLAYERS ARE ON AN ACADEMY TEAM?
We generally stay at a 9:1 player to coach ratio. More importantly is the amount of time your player will have in between each repetition: 15 seconds!
Academy Teams have a maximum of 10 players on them.
WHY DO YOU USE THE ACADEMY FORMAT OPPOSED TO A PRIVATE INSTRUCTION STYLE PROGRAM?
Basketball is a reaction sport. Once we show your player the footwork, body positioning and pace associated with a particular “move”, we now need to show them how to use the move. In order to do that, we have to put them up against another player. To ensure that the player they are going against is at your player’s talent level, we have Placement Day and/or private evaluations. This insures no player feels overwhelmed or under challenged.
We do offer private and small group instruction for those players who want to work on specific skills.
WHAT SKILLS ARE TAUGHT DURING AN ACADEMY SEASON?
The M14 System is an original player development model. It is based in researched facts, science and years of training 1000's of players. Because of intellectual property we will not give specifics. If you are interested in more information, please contact us.
Expectations are dependent on time spent with M14.
New players always start with our basic 101 package of motor movements, footwork, drills and principles. As players stay with the program, the skills we teach change because we introduce IQ, court spacing and playing without the ball.
To truly create a well rounded basketball player, we need to show them how to use each move and how to apply their IQ training within a team concept. Once beyond 101, some of the skills taught are as follows.
- 1on1 attack moves
- creating space
- using and setting screens
- ball handling
- and many more
Each month players drill on specific moves and concepts to progress onto other moves and concepts the following month. All of our training builds upon itself to create a complete player.
DO YOU TEACH THEM DEFENSE?
Yes! By having multiple players in a class, we can teach each player ‘on the ball defense’ as well as ‘off the ball defense’. Our players know how to play on both ends of the floor!
WHAT ELSE IS TAUGHT?
Along with fundamental and advance skill work, expect us to work on your player’s mentality and Basketball IQ. We believe in building a complete basketball player, not just a great shooter or ball handler. We make sure our players are versatile, raising their value on the team. This allows them to stay on the court longer!
We define mentality as aggression + confidence. Any player can have great skill but if they do not have the proper mentality, that skill goes under used.
We also teach IQ. This means players know where to go on the court when they have the ball. They also know where to go when they don’t. They learn our principles and how those principles translate into any offense play.
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF PLAYERS WHEN THEY ARE NOT AT THE ACADEMY?
In our experience this generation of players generally needs a little more guidance when working on their own. They are enthused and excited to get better at basketball, but they need some help when not with a M14 trainer. To help, we give homework to do on their own on the days they do not train with us. The homework is Explosive Handles Ball Handling Videos, watching games or doing the M14 Shot Chart. We want players to take responsibility for their own development by learning to be an active participant in it.
Player safety is our number 1 priority.
We do compete in our classes. We have 1 on 1 and 3 on 3 training. This means any injury that can occur in a game can happen during one of our training sessions, too. M14 Hoops has an awesome partnership with AthletiCo. We ALWAYS have a certified professional trainer at every session just in case a player may need tape or ice.
Yes! Our Basketball Training Academy is serious about basketball development and our program is intense. We are stern, strict and respect is something all our players come to understand intimately. We push our players to get outside of their comfort zone to strive for greatness. We do this with professionalism and great coaching. We are never negative with players or demean them.
Our staff spends hours on research. Our trainers study human body moves and how strengthening those movements helps players have better techniques. We believe if players have great technique it can be inserted into what we call “skill drills.” These “skill drills” are centered around our principles. With each player having the correct technique, skill and understanding the M14 principles, they are able to translate their knowledge into any game or team they play on. That is ultimately our goal, to see it on the court when they face another team and the referees are out there!
More importantly, we believe that a great basketball player has these qualities, too:
- understands how to manage their time
- handle adversity
- work hard
- be dedicated
- take constructive criticism
- have great body language
- great attitude
- give a great effort level
We also believe that those characteristics make a great C.E.O., manager, employer or employee. We teach more than basketball in our Academy. At some point, the ball will stop bouncing and all that these basketball players will be left with is what they learned along their journey. That is what we think is most important.