A basketball coaching program that focuses on teaching young players how to play the game, the right way. With a 'fundamentals first' approach, we teach from the ground up, taking absolute beginners all the way through to advanced levels of skills competency and play.
Hoopstars classes are open to both boys and girls aged between 6 and 18 years of age.
Yes. Hoopstars sessions are purposely split into similar age and ability groups to ensure participants develop at the right pace with 'teammates' just like them. This ensures no children are 'left behind' by being overlooked or overwhelmed by more experienced players in each of their sessions.
All participants should wear suitable trainers (ideally, basketball shoes with proper support), sports socks and either shorts or tracksuit bottoms and either a t-shirt (or basketball vest), or suitable tracksuit top. Parents should also ensure your child brings a bottle of water as Hoopstars sessions are full of activity and feature 2-3 water breaks per session.
All participants are required to bring your own basketball as this also supports continued practice when away from the coaching sessions.
All participants are welcomed and introduced to the coaching staff and taken through group warm ups. Players are then split into similar age and ability groups and assigned a coaching station with their coach and introduced to the coaching skill being taught on the day. We learn, practise and refine technique through fully engaged games and drills for 50% of every Hoopstars session and then make sure we play actual games towards the latter part of the session. At the end of each session, a quick recap on the key learning points of the day are summarised with the coaches, players are all congratulated on their efforts and encouraged for their next session.
Depending on the venue, parents are welcomed to stay and watch the coaching sessions - however, in some cases, this may not be possible if the venue is not able to facilitate. If parents want to stay and watch the session, please be sure to check with your Hoopstars head coach if your chosen venue has the necessary space for spectators.
Each Hoopstar session is 60 minutes (1 hour) in duration.
Hoopstars courses are between £80 - £112 per term, depending on the duration of the term (terms range from 10-14 weeks, throughout the year).
Hoopstars courses are split into termly learning modules. Terms typically match the academic year and so range from 10-14 weeks throughout the year. At the end of each term, players are assessed on their ability to perform the key skills taught during the modules and, if successful, are awarded a star certificate and moved up to the next level.
With classes that are in moderate demand, yes. However, due to the popularity of our classes, many Hoopstars courses are in high demand and have waiting lists for places. In these classes, we are not in a position to offer trials due to the strength of demand and popularity of our coaches and sessions.
If you are unsure whether Hoopstars is right for you, we recommend that you find a class via our bookings page that offers a trial, or attend one of our camps to see if our coaches and approach to teaching are a good fit for your child.
No. Hoopstars courses are booked per term only. However, we operate on a pro-rata basis. This means you only pay for the number of classes left in the term in which you book.
Hoopstars sessions run in line with the academic year, for the most part. During half-terms and holiday breaks, Hoopstars sessions pause and are replaced by our LSB holiday camps, which can be reviewed and booked here: LSB Camps.
The Hoopstars program is split into 5 levels of progression. At the end of each term, every pupil is assessed by our team of coaches to review their ability to perform the skills learnt during the term. If successful, they are awarded an official Hoopstars certificate and progressed up to the next 'star' level at the start of the next term.
Yes. We are connected to teams all across the city, with each Hoopstars session providing direct progression pathways straight into teams who play in our Community Basketball League, for both boys and girls of all ages.
Unfortunately not. Bookings are termly, prorated so charged for the term from time of booking, whether or not you are able to attend every session. This is to protect your class space as all Hoopstars class places are in high-demand and not sold singularly. We cannot fill random weeks with one-off bookings in any single absence you may need to take.
The London School of Basketball (LSB) is London's biggest and most exciting basketball development agency, who focus on teaching the game from the grassroots up. The LSB specialise in basketball coaching for players of all abilities through a quality-assured, expansive network of qualified coaches and clubs throughout the capital. We also facilitate educational programs to develop new and improved coaches, stronger clubs and remain committed to creating more opportunities for young Londoners to LEARN, PLAY, DEVELOP & PROGRESS within the game, all across the city.