Hoop Masters began in 1993 when John Fischer and Lauren Kelly began offering a weekly Skills Development Clinic for children ages 8-18. The clinics focused on high level skill development often reserved for high school varsity players and beyond. Parents quickly discovered that the program was very different from a typical recreation program – their children were learning how to think as well as play basketball. Hoop Masters instructional style boosted self esteem and fostered responsibility. Because of the success of the early Skills Clinic, Fischer and Kelly quickly expanded its programming to include summer camps, individual workouts, traveling teams, coaches clinics, parent clinics, leagues, and tournaments.
Hoop Masters is a comprehensive year-round environment that teaches as much about life as it does about basketball. The roots of our organization are in youth basketball. We see basketball as a tool – a tool that helps us build and shape young players into better people. Simply put, making better basketball players for us means making better people. Young players in our programs will be instilled with what we call My Starting Five– the five values we believe are essential to adolescence and early adulthood, which are: Persistence, Fairness, Work Ethic, Respect and Discipline.
Playing for Hoop Masters means that players will be held accountable for their behavior not only within the organization but for their efforts at home and their academic performance as well. Participants learn to be disciplined, hard working, fair and are given the same level expectations for its female athletes as it does for its male participants.
Above all else, Hoop Masters provides a positive exposure to a diverse collection of cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. Our goal on the court is to teach our players the complete game so that they will be prepared for high school basketball and beyond. Individualized skills instruction is on-going as is the development of the team concept. Higher-level skills are broken down into age appropriate drills and coaches will often pose questions to the participants to help them analyze and understand the game.
We are committed to the development of motivated, intelligent and well-rounded young athletes. We use responsibility to foster a sense of community and competitive basketball to enhance each child’s individual potential. We strive to:
Promote education on and off the court;
Increase self-confidence through skill acquisition;
Build a community in which parents, players, and coaches are responsible for each child’s success;
Demonstrate that people of diverse backgrounds can accomplish greatness through teamwork.
Hoop Masters was founded in April of 1993 with a clear mission of using basketball as a means of building self-esteem in young children.
Our organization has evolved into one of the most dynamic youth basketball programs in the state.
Our players are held accountable for their behavior as part of our organization, for their efforts at home and for their academic performance.
Hoop Masters provides a positive and unique exposure to a diverse collection of cultures and socio-economic backgrounds.