First Shot is a basketball school where the kids come first and winning is last.
Our Ongoing Goal:
To use basketball to build self-esteem and encourage teamwork in every class. We do this by showing children how capable they are, and proving they can succeed no matter how difficult the task may seem. First Shot Basketball was created to provide the comprehensive instruction and positive encouragement that kids need. Our lessons and teaching methods focus on a child’s strong points, recognizing the smallest achievements.
Why We’re Different
First Shot classes are based on age-specific, specially developed lessons that introduce beginner and advanced instruction and team concepts. Our teaching methods are geared to make each player feel like a winner — inside where it really counts.
- Our coaches are not volunteers. They are basketball teachers who are paid and trained. They know how to speak to the children in a positive, motivating way. Most importantly, they know how to teach.
- We take only 20 students in most classes. 16 in Supertots and 14 in the Powerball Program.
- Each full class has 4-5 basketball coaches.
- This low child-to-coach ratio ensures each child receives individual attention and improves at his or her own rate while having fun.
- We teach them the basic skills, including shooting, passing, dribbling with a dose of good sportsmanship. We explain their role on a team and we do it all without any pressure.
- Every child plays all the time. No one sits out.
- We share valuable life lessons with our students; helping them understand the importance of a positive attitude, why losing can be valuable, how to be a good winner, etc.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
First Shot was founded in 1997, by Joel Mansbach, who was committed to creating a one-of-a-kind program that would actually teach the game in a unique manner. Rather than just handing a child a shirt and saying “go play” in a full court game they don’t really understand, the First Shot method prepares the children with the right foundation for the game.
“I believe while children are learning to play basketball, they are also gaining confidence in all their capabilities. Their First Shot training will prepare them with a keen knowledge of the game and an understanding of their role on a team. But, more importantly, a child will learn that with good preparation and diligent practice, they will be able to reach all of their personal goals in and beyond the schoolyard.”