Your basketball player recently told you they’re ready to take their game to the next level. So the two of you talk about what that entails and decide to look into local basketball trainers. What many parents don’t realize, though, is that not all hoops instructors are of the same caliber.

Here are some tips for choosing a basketball trainer in Lexington.

Ask about experience

You want your son or daughter to work with someone who understands basketball inside and out. Begin your search by looking for instructors who played at a high level (college and/or professional). Ironically, there are plenty of top-flight basketball players out there who would make lousy coaches. That’s why we suggest asking about coaching experience specifically.

Mike Scott, our top basketball trainer at Hoop Dreams, is more than well-versed in the game. Coach Mike played collegiately at Cecil Community College in northeast Maryland where he earned All-American honors. The defensive specialist spent several years as a junior college player before transferring to Eastern Kentucky University in 2002. Coach Mike graduated the following year and realized he wanted to train and develop young players. It wasn’t long after that he opened Hoop Dreams.

See how they approach player development

Young basketball players respond to coaching differently. Sure, most players enhance their abilities through common drills and additional practice on their own. Others, however, grow their game the most when they receive one-on-one instruction.

At Hoop Dreams in Lexington, our coaches take a player-focused approach to youth basketball training. What this means is that we emphasize the fundamentals in everything we do, whether we’re coaching our AAU club team or a group of kids who have maybe never played organized basketball before. The Hoop Dreams basketball training programs are designed to help players make the jump in their careers, regardless of age or ability.

Look into the programs they offer

Some basketball trainers specialize in camps and clinics while others focus on individual sessions. Whatever the case, it’s important to work with the instructor and see what they recommend for your player. Chances are you’ll find that a mix of small and large group instruction will be most beneficial for your son or daughter.

Hoop Dreams really does have something for every player. Take our Little Hoopers youth basketball program, for example, which combines practice and skills training sessions with game play. Then there’s our always popular Sharp Shooters class, which provides players with instruction, demonstration, and the proper mechanics required to become an efficient shooter.


Here at Hoop Dreams, we love the game of basketball just as much as you do. Trust us when we say that our staff’s passion for developing young players is evident the moment you walk into our facility. From basketball camps and clinics to skills training sessions and youth basketball leagues, we offer everything your son or daughter needs to learn and train at a high level.

Contact our Lexington basketball trainer today for more information!