Starting this fall, New York City basketball players won’t have to leave the five boroughs to get hands-on training anymore. Beginning with a camp later this month, noted girls hoops coaches Ron Kelley and Dinero Young will emerge onto the scene with their new endeavor, Drill Masters NYC.
Young, who has coached at Jefferson and with the Exodus and Philly Belles AAU programs, says Kelley (Exodus and Nazareth) approached him earlier in the summer with the idea. Both feel the level of training in NYC has taken a hit in recent years.
“The game is at a bad point right now,” Young said. “Coaches aren’t teaching kids the fundamentals of the game. Somebody’s gotta do it — why not us?”
Kelley and Young will kick off their initiative with a four-day camp, running from Aug. 23 to Aug. 26 at Nazareth in Brooklyn. The cost is $50 per day and the fourth day is free with the purchase of three previous days of instruction. Each camper receives a free Drill Masters NYC t-shirt. More information can be found on drillmastersnyc.com.
“That’s only the beginning of what’s about to happen,” Young said.
Once school begins, Young and Kelley will be available for lessons regularly. They’re still working on finding a steady gym to hold their workouts in, but Young promises it’ll be convenient for most players in the city. He’s hoping they can be a New York City alternative to famed trainer Jerry Powell, whose gym is way out in North Babylon, L.I.
“And everyone doesn’t have to go all the way out to Long Island,” Young said. … “Games are not what they used to be three, four, five years ago. That’s because of adults are not teaching kids the proper way to play the game. In New York, it shouldn’t be that way, because the talent level has always been high here.”
Young, who calls himself a free agent on the coaching circuit, says the main goal is to see the level of play in the city rise. Too many times, he said, there are teams with just one or maybe two good players. And worse than that, the ones who want to work hard and learn are not being granted that ability because of negligent coaches.
“You have some kids who can’t wait to get into the gym, but the coach doesn’t want to do it,” Young said.
With Drill Masters NYC, Young and Kelley hope to make that problem go away.