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For starters though, we are anti-AAU, anti-travel, anti-directors who pressure FOMO parents who pay a lot of money just to say “my kid plays travel” when we all travel up the block, across town, on the subway or by feet to games.  We refer kids to more rigorous travel, which by every measurement of our Top 50 player in high school, several college alum and all of our coaches say is around the END of eighth grade.  We are here to help and here’s how we operate.

WHAT PROGRAM SHOULD I PICK FOR MY CHILD?

First, know your child’s schedule.  Second, figure out if he or she can do weeknight MON-FRI, after-school (younger kids outside in fall, spring) and/or weekends.  You can find most answers to your questions in the SIGN UP link and search by season.  If you do have to email the office with a question, please make sure you know a) your calendar b) our offerings.

HOW DO I KNOW IF THERE’S ROOM IN THE WORKOUT OR ON A TEAM?

There’s always room in a listing online unless you see these words:  SOLD OUT.

WHAT IF MY CHILD IS INEXPERIENCED?  Or on the flipside, “WHAT IF I WANT MY CHILD TO MOVE UP?

Start at an easier entry point – beginner or a younger age group so that we promote players to older or more experienced workouts as opposed to starting too quickly *but keep flexibility for us to move your child into the more challenging age group.  Coaches report on the few players who need to “move up” but note we’ve seen many kids fail after being moved up too soon, and we’ve seen many players succeed based on our eye for when to move up and when to stay put.

DO WE HAVE TO PLAY YEAR-ROUND?

Short answer, no, but an important note: WINTER is basketball season. Winter is November – first week of March. Tell the baseball and soccer people who hound our kids. Winter is not their season and they should be deferring to other sports to reduce the risk of injuries and well to just let kids be kids (most pros cross-trained). How much should my child play with Mo’ Motion (and we do refer players to deeper waters if they hit marks)? Many but NOT ALL our players play year-round with us in the- Fall, Winter (**TRUE BASKETBALL season), Spring, Summer.
Some players who are out of NYC on weekends or they have baseball or soccer just do Boost until weekend time opens up. Some NYC players have too much homework Mon-Fri. They just do weekends. We customize what works for your child and family. The schedule may seem complicated. It is only because we are flexible and very effective in helping families balance many commitments.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES IN SEASONS?

Winter is early November to the first week of March.  Winter team play is the priority during basketball season meaning it is team time, team development, team oriented.  Pre-season is true preparation time (games as the core of the program do not help kids prepare for winter),  Post-season is SPRING where we do a modified hybrid season of training and games.  Summer is for camps, learning, development and recovery time.  Both pre-season and post-season training with Mo’ Motion can and should be done around other sports where the other sport is the priority based on the amount of stories about overuse injuries for youth.  (Google it.)  We know how to build safe, smart, efficient training programs and when to then refer players to other programs that are year-round and require more specialization – at the end of Grade 8.

DO YOU DO TRIALS?

We do, but we prefer NOT to because we convert on 98 percent of trials. It’s just 2x the workload to re-do all the registration info, but sure, if you insist, email the office.  Second,trials don’t guarantee that a player is in the workout meaning if you don’t sign up in full, and the class fills, you could lose your spot.  We’ll try to give you the head’s up. 

WHAT IF WE WANT PRIVATE LESSONS?

We have mixed feelings on privates for a few reasons. First, we are excellent teachers in small group settings, and basketball is not played in a silo.  Second, they’re expensive and not the best use of space, which is scarce in NYC.  Third, our coaches are usually fully booked in our totally awesome group and team sessions, which are filled with terrific kids who like to help newcomers and meet new friends.  Do we do privates?  Sure, if we have space, coaches and the right fit.  Does Mo do privates?  YES, but she sets a goal to do the least amount as possible with the player and to cover a specific area to catch a player up before totally convincing players to join the small group training.  Why?  The best teachers know this – we should be effective in a class setting, and only meet 1:1 to help through some rough spots.  We also know that we need to see kids compete.  We need to see them react and interact.  This is how we approach privates – so that we are being honest with parents instead of trying to hit them up for hundreds of dollars in private sessions.