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elite academy

the process more than basketball


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content the process our vision team the facility homework exposure year round program elite academy parents the dream what have our players got to say? testimonials

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THE PROCESS THE EXPERIMENT During the summer of 2010, an experiment sprung to mind from the popular quote:

“HARD WORK BEATS TALENT IF TALENT FAILS TO WORK HARD.” Motivated by this quote, we set out to disprove the notion that talent is pre-determined, and that it is a phenomenon created through hard work. We, therefore, contacted Basketball Club Schoten, then at the hands of brilliant space engineer Eddy Neefs and our close friend and coach Janka Debacker. We posed the question whether we could start an experiment, granting us access to their club environment to test and implement our player development ideas within the context of a youth team. They agreed and just like that, we were soon coaching a group of ten-year-olds in the lowest division in Belgium (Benjamins F). The players weren’t the most ‘talented’ but what they lacked in physical ability and aptitude, they made up for with hard work. The first year we had two team practices and one specialised session every week. We introduced strength and coordination training because we felt this was an integral part of their development. From that moment on we allowed coaches to pick their focussed subject area: Joerik: Skills Training Vincent: Tactics Olivier & Nick: Athletic Development The club could not provide enough budget for this extra coaching so we decided to finance these sessions with the income from our own Elite Athletes basketball camps. Our focus during the first years of “The Process” was developing players’ individual toolbox. For example, players didn’t play five-on-five during practice until they were fourteen years old. Their practices included working on the fundamentals and lots of small-sided games: 1v1, 2v2 and 3v3. We wanted to get players amazing at the basics, instead of relying on team tactics to win games. During official games, we just had a very basic structure which players could follow allowing plenty of room for creativity.

Joerik & the Basket Schoten team in 2011

The results? We were laughed at and were criticised for our approach. We lost most of our games during the first three years and didn’t make it once into the top 24 within Belgium. 4

EA X-mas basketball camp 2012


JOLAN BOGAERTS

U18 ELITE ACADEMY PLAYER 2011-2019

THE ACADEMY TAUGHT ME SO MANY LIFE SKILLS BEYOND BASKETBALL, FOR EXAMPLE THE QUOTE ‘DON’T BE ON TIME BE EARLY’ IS REALLY IMPORTANT FOR ME. I AM NEVER LATE WITH ANYTHING, ALL THE LITTLE THINGS LIKE RESPECT, DISCIPLINE, HELPING OTHER PEOPLE ARE SOME OF THE THINGS I’VE LEARNED OVER THE YEARS.

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KICKED OUT After three years working with BC Schoten, the club merged with another club and their new vision didn’t align with ours. They thought our individual focus was wrong, the athletic work would stunt children’s growth, and the concept of a specialised coaching staff was deemed redundant. We persisted on keeping the team together and because of Daniel Tack and Sam Voeten, a new opportunity arose. Daniel and Sam saw the potential our project had and gave us a chance to continue through Basketball Club Brasschaat. Our project was granted a new lease of life, and nine out of twelve players agreed to transfer to the new club. Coach Sven Van Rillaer decided to join “The Process” and for the first time in the athletes’ basketball journeys, they practised within 5v5 scenarios. The players quickly adapted and were able to succeed in 5v5 situations through the strength of their individual skills. We could focus on more team concepts because the basics were so deeply entrenched in their systems. The concept of hard work was instilled from the very first day. So much so, that we got kicked out of our practice facility because our players took the “Don’t Be On Time, Be Early” rule too literally. Players started arriving one or two hours before practice and stayed after practice as well to take extra shots. They loved the mindset of

BC Cobras 2013

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working harder and we’re proud of doing more than other kids of their own age. The Principal of the school’s gym found six players ninety minutes before a practice session and we got kicked out and banned from using the facility. We didn’t take a break after the season but played and won an international tournament in Poland. After this, we trained together during the off-season for the first time. This resulted in major individual progress with our players after the summer. In our second year of BBC Brasschaat we finished as the highest scoring team in the country with an average of over one hundred points per game, we placed BBC Brasschaat team after winning the Gniezno 2015 Tournament second in defence and ended up second in the Final Four of Flanders. Don’t be mistaken; winning games is not our goal. Our vision is for long-term individual development where winning happens to be a welcome outcome. We always attempt to manage the players’ minutes evenly and no ‘star-treatment’ is granted.

Winning the international tournament in Poland 2015


DON’T BE MISTAKEN; WINNING GAMES IS NOT OUR GOAL. OUR VISION IS FOR LONG-TERM INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT WHERE WINNING HAPPENS TO BE A WELCOME OUTCOME.

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ELITE ACADEMY In 2017, we took over BBC Brasschaat and could finally start our dream project of having our own club - ‘The Elite Academy.’ It all came full circle as Janka, initial cofounder of Elite Athletes and the person who allowed the experiment to start in the first place, became head coach. Spending time on the drawing board allowed us to define our mission and long-term vision. We took a look at our WHY and set our sights on the future. Looking back at photos, videos and all of the experiences we garnered throughout the years, we realised it’s about much more than basketball.

GROWTH OF A MINDSET What lies beneath the surface of EA is the mindset. If you don’t have the correct mindset, all of your efforts count for nothing. The mindset of our players is to be fundamental to everything we do. Succeeding at this is the one thing we are most proud of. “You Are Responsible” This is what we teach our players from the beginning. We share our tools but we make them aware that we won’t be by their sides for their whole careers. They are guided by us to maximise their potential in whatever direction they desire, but the ultimate responsibility is theirs.

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The academy is set up as a collaboration between the coaches and the players; a symbiotic and dynamic two-way relationship. We always support and motivate players to share their opinion because working together creates more possibilities, and opportunities for ‘The Process’ to be improved - whether it’s training, periodisation, international trips, education, etc. We call this concept the Kaizen mindset. The idea of continuous improvement is taken from Toyota where all employees can share their ideas on how the company can be improved every single day.


OUR VISION With the Elite Academy, we aim to not only create a youth basketball development program that helps our athletes become more complete basketball players, but at the same time support their growth as human beings beyond just playing basketball. We aim to build a platform that serves our athletes as optimally as possible to facilitate them towards a career as a professional basketball player, but at the same time taking into consideration their psychophysical and social growth by offering them a wide range of additional experiences throughout their years with us. Elite Academy is therefore a process which athletes sign-up and commit to: a process which just like its players, is in constant evolution itself. The Academy is therefore an all-encompassing holistic and educational basketball program that transcends the often narrow scope of other traditional sports programs. EA players are immersed in an international, supportive and communal environment affording them the ability to discover their full potential. Our training methodology is one based around long-term athlete development. We do not have a short-term vision based upon winning games or maximising individual stats, because this mindset

places an emphasis upon performance and immediate results which often leads to a loss of spontaneity and fear to try new things. A growth mindset however is fostered by an environment where failure is applauded as an example of daring to try, while being supported by honest feedback and communication. This is the embodiment of a collaborative approach where all individuals in the team hold each other accountable for the development of both the individual and the team. Rather than a results-oriented approach which is all too common in most youth sports programs, we focus on a process-oriented approach. This may of course mean that to outsiders a perception is created that the program is not always “working” or running smoothly, however those “in the process” realise the path they have chosen is not the one leading to the quickest results; rather the one with the highest long-term learning potential and behavioural flexibility. These are qualities developed through a consistent process of trying, struggling and learning over time. Being too good, too early often leads to athletes refraining from learning new skills, which is exactly what we want to avoid. We want our athletes to be known for being the most creative and innovative. Diversity in the practice environment brings immunity in the game, or as you find within our Elite Athletes Facility walls; “hard in here, easy out there.”

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The training process of our Academy is based upon studies that support the superiority of differential learning as opposed to traditional methods. Instead of employing sequential, ‘block practice’ training techniques, we focus on random practice which involves decision-making as much as possible. This is one of the distinguishing factors that separates an amateur player, who may perform well in outof-context training drills, from the performer; who is able to translate his skill-set from practice to the demands of the game. All of this starts with the training environment we create day-after-day in practice, of which the game is an extension allowing for new teachings to be applied and tested. Above all, we want our players to enjoy the process, to be constantly challenged at a level that supports their growth, and to discover more about themselves. This is part of their growth towards the basketball players and human-beings that they can become. Our role is to create an optimal growth-environment for our athletes, a process supporting who they can become in all aspects. This process is not static, but dynamically adapts to observations made from each practice and game through a closely-knit unit of coaches, players and other academy staff. A process, which just like our players, is never finished - always ‘in process.

#theBROTHERHOOD

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LASHA PARGHALAVA

Director of Zaza Pachulia Basketball Academy

‘JOERIK AND OLIVIER ARE A VERY GOOD

COMBINATION IN MODERN BASKETBALL OF TODAY.’ IN THE PAST THREE YEARS WE HAD A LOT OF SESSIONS FROM COACHES FROM ALL OVER EUROPE AND AMERICA BUT THESE GUYS ARE REALLY DIFFERENT FROM EVERYBODY. WE LEARNT A LOT,

OUR COACHES GOT NEW EXPERIENCES AND WE WERE LUCKY TO HAVE THESE GUYS HERE.

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TEAM Our team consists of a diverse group of coaches and supporters. We have chosen to develop a team of specialist coaches that communicate closely, educate themselves continuously and frequently - through team meetings and online channels - stay informed with the developmentneeds, challenges and opportunities of each player within the program. The decision to build a coherent team of specialists came from the observation and plusminus analysis of the commonly-seen practice of traditional basketball clubs in utilising ‘generalist coaches.’ With one team and one coach, the coach is in charge of all the tactical, technical, athletic and mental development. Frequently, the coach prefers one of these topics resulting in other key development areas being completely neglected. From observing these programs, we noticed that in the long run, it is the individual skill-set of the player that is neglected the most by the generalist coach.

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Therefore, we set-up the Process in a way allowing for each team to work with a group of rotating specialist coaches. Every week the players learn from different coaches who study, research and base their practices on the exact subjects that they are most passionate about. Players learn from experts and those who aspire to become leaders within their field. We demand from all of our coaches that they maintain a daily study program to hold themselves up to the same standards that we expect of our players. The connecting glue between the specialist coaches is communication. The tactical coach shares observations with the skills trainer, the skills trainer with the strength coach, the defensive coach gives pointers to the one in charge of coordination and movement development, the physiotherapist shares valuable warm-up instruction with the players. Our aim to create a close-knit network of experts who use their knowledge and experience to support and energise the academy players.


HEAD COACH

JANKA DEBACKER

WE WANT TO CREATE A SHOT WITHIN THE FIRST

6 SECONDS OF THE SHOT CLOCK, THAT’S OUR FIRST OPTION. IF THAT’S NOT POSSIBLE WE LET THE BALL MOVEMENT DO THE WORK AND TRY TO TAKE A HIGH % SHOT IN THE LAST 8 SECONDS OF THE SHOT CLOCK.

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THE FACILITY The Facility can be viewed as the laboratory of the Elite Academy. This is where the players spend a lot of time, and we have tried our best to make it the best possible space for them to thrive in their training, exploration and individual practice. The Facility is the Mecca for basketball development. Players from all over the globe, hundreds of professional players, some of the toughest athletes out there as well as NBA coaches and staff have stepped foot in our Facility. The energy it expounds is one of hard work, of inspiration to put in time yourself: a place that stimulates one to live up to their innate potential, and bring forth daily the effort required for this potential to flourish. The Facility consists of a half basketball court, an athletic development gym section, a classroom to study and relax, as well as a physiotherapist studio on the first floor. Furthermore, players of the Academy get full-membership access to the Facility and all it offers during opening hours. Beyond this we initiate the “Mamba-mindset” or “24/7” optionality, which means that U18 players get access 24/7 to the Facility. U16 players can get access 24/7 through the buddy system if they are accompanied by a U18 player.

24/7 ACCESS Do you want to train before school? Stay late after practice? Day off from school? Want to take shots on game days, rest days? With 24/7 access, there are no excuses. The Academy emphasises that as a member, even though you get closely coached and supported by the community around you, in the end it is only you who is responsible for your development and to use the training tools you receive from us. The Facility is the place where all of this is always possible, where you stay inspired and motivated on your journey to become the best person you can be. 14


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HOMEWORK Beyond the training opportunities within our Facility, we have also installed a classroom for our players in collaboration with Bosch. With this classroom, we give athletes a chance to study and finish homework before their training sessions in an inspiring learning space. In connection with the homework class we have asked StudAnt to support our athletes’ school performance by following up on their grades, organising team workshops on how to study and plan efficiently, helping cope with the challenging combination of sport and academic growth. School performance is analysed quarterly and kept track of throughout the season to ensure a higher chance of both school and sporting success.

MAX GYSBRECHTS

U18 ELITE ACADEMY PLAYER 2013-2020

THE ACADEMY IS MUCH MORE THAN JUST BASKETBALL; THE LOVE FOR EACH OTHER, THE WILL TO FIGHT FOR EACH OTHER; I THINK THAT EVERYBODY WOULD GO THROUGH A FIRE FOR EACH OTHER. NOT ONLY FOR THE PLAYERS BUT ALSO FOR THE COACHES, AND I KNOW 100% THAT COACHES WOULD DO THE SAME FOR US. WE’VE CREATED A FANTASTIC BOND OVER THE YEARS.

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EXPOSURE Recaps of games and individual performances are shared on our online channels allowing the Academy and players to get in touch with scouts, agents and coaches from all over the world. Social media is being used more and more as a tool within the recruitment process and offers both new opportunities and challenges for players in their development.

strength and dangers of social media, including “do’s & dont’s” and lessons on how to make your own highlight tape. We always keep a message that tries to objectively show “The Process” and our player’s process in the most positive manner. The aim of this exposure is to increase the chances of our players having more opportunities after graduating from the Academy program.

To positively aid our athletes and their usage of social media, we organize workshops on the

YEAR ROUND PROGRAM Players that attend the Academy join a program that adapts in intensity and focus over the course of the season according to age group; with U14, U16 and U18 teams. Training intensity depends on the time of year; be it post-season, off-season, preseason or in-season. Further small breaks in volume are planned during the school vacations. An energy-measurement test is conducted before practices to check how the group is feeling on that particular week and if necessary, adapt the session to high, medium or low intensity accordingly.

In this way we try to support the players energy management throughout the season to lower chance of injury and teach them how to regulate their personal energyexpenditure throughout the training, days, weeks and months of the season. Beyond the seasonal year-round changes, we also would like to share our framework in the different stages of the pathway.

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U14

“BUILDING THE BASICS” During the U14 stage, we place an emphasis upon “Building The Basics”:

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General coordination and rhythm development as a sub-base for all-round athletic ability and long-term physical health; Creating a foundation of basketball skill basics; Use of decision-making situations and small-sided games to foster creative players; Preparing a psychological culture for the kids founded on our process-oriented approach in order to diminish fear of failure and encourage trying new things.

U16

“MASTERING OF THE BASICS” During the U16 stage, we work on “Mastering Of The Basics”:

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Refine coordination and rhythm towards the needs of the game and initiate kinetic potential and power exploration; Deepening the intensity and complexity within individual basketball skill sets and guide players to develop their personal style of play; Use of added pressures and game-like stressors in order to create a game-like environment for the players as they improve;

U18

“BUILDING THE ELITE PACKAGE” During the U18 stage, we prepare our players for the next level: the “Building The Elite Package” phase. In this stage, the aim is to develop the athletes’ qualities to succeed in their next challenge after graduating from the academy. For most athletes, this will be playing college basketball in the USA or joining a professional team in Europe. 18


CODI MILLER NBA G LEAGUE DALLAS MAVERICKS

JOERIK IS ONE OF THE MOST INVESTED TRAINERS I

HAVE EVER HAD THE PLEASURE OF WORKING WITH. HIS WORKOUTS ARE PERFECT, FROM CHALLENGING DRILLS

TO STUDYING FILM OF AN ARRAY OF PLAYERS. JOERIK OFFERS THE BEST COMBINATION OF PHYSICAL AND MENTAL PREPARATION THAT A PLAYER CAN ASK FOR.

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ELITE ACADEMY PARENTS Elite Academy parents play in important part in the development of their child. We kindly ask that parents bear in mind the following key points:

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We have coaches to coach the game We have referees to referee the game We have players to play the game We have spectators to spectate the game

It’s your child’s journey, so therefore it’s best to place your focus on being a supportive and encouraging parent.

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Please refrain from coaching from the sideline; the only voice athletes should hear is that of the academy coaches. Cheer for them as much as you want, but please don’t coach them. Leave the coaching to the coaches, you should never try to discuss playing time, strategy, or another player with the coaching staff. Avoid talking about the game on the ride home or at the dinner table. Little comments like “you should be playing more” or “your coach doesn’t know what he is doing” only help trigger a bad attitude.

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Encourage the officials! They are doing the best they can, more often than not they’re in a better position and they have a better understanding of the rules to make the correct call. With the Academy we want a healthy relationship with all referees and a positive image of our club.

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Praise your son and his teammates when good character, healthy sportsmanship, and other positive behaviour are displayed. Do not only praise athletic performance or a victory. If problems or questions arise, please have your son present the problem to his coach. We want players to develop self-advocacy. After meeting with his coach, if the issue requires more clarity, the player can arrange a meeting with the Academy Head Coach.

Regardless of our wins and losses, we will be successful if we carry out the above items.

SIT BACK, ENJOY THE GAME, SMILE AND SUPPORT THE TEAM WHEN THEY MAKE A GOOD PLAY.

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THE DREAM We want to help our players to reach the highest level they can in basketball, but we do not want them to end up with a broken dream if they don’t achieve this. We envision a double-edged dream. Within the academy we believe that, the investment these kids make during their time in the program, will be an investment that will never be lost; an investment in qualities and a skill package that they will be able to implement in whatever field and wherever they go in life.

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OUR ULTIMATE DREAM IS TO DEVELOP A KID FROM SCRATCH TO THE NBA.


WHAT HAVE OUR PLAYERS GOT TO SAY? “At my previous team I arrived 2 minutes before practice. My mindset changed in the Academy; now I sometimes arrive more than an hour before the start of practice to take extra shots. I come on off-days, and I stay late to do extra work. I try to be as efficient as possible with my time, using every minute to become a better player.” ZION PEETERS U16 ELITE ACADEMY PLAYER

“The Academy has a big impact on my school grades, I used to have bad grades in school. But because of the tips from Studant, I’m doing much better now!” LEX VAN DEN BERGH U16 ELITE ACADEMY PLAYER

“What I think is great about the Academy is that every coach has their own speciality bringing a fresh and unique approach. For every possible topic of the game, there is an expert coach. That’s something that other clubs don’t have.” YARNE BAETENS U18 ELITE ACADEMY PLAYER

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TESTIMONIALS “Elite Athletes – a program so unique it allows its players to grow with potential each off-season! I have been around the game for more than 15 years as an analyst, consultant and executive. What Joerik and Olivier have managed to establish in Belgium is a top level, elite environment. For any youth talent seeking a chance to make it at the highest level, Elite Athlete (EA) is a place that you should definitely experience to take the next step.

brings the spice and the sensei, teaching players to adapt their bodies to more than basketball. I can not state how much their program has done for basketball youth development in and around Europe, the proof is in the pudding. Joerik and Olivier will no doubt take the branding and concept to a whole new level in the near future. I am happy to call them friends and happy to call Elite Athlete the best of European talent development facilities.”

The EA system is one of unison and cohesive work. Joerik is the on-court skills trainer (the Euro-Drew Hanlen if we’d have to openly put it) and Olivier is the man that

ERMAY DURAN OWNER OF ADVANCE PRO BASKETBALL & NEW YORK KNICKS ADVISER

“I WISH EA AND JOERIK WERE AROUND WHEN I WAS A YOUNG AND UPCOMING TALENT! OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS I’VE IMPROVED SEVERAL PARTS OF MY GAME EVERY OFF SEASON RESULTING IN THE BEST STRETCH OF BASKETBALL I’VE EVER PLAYED … NOT BAD FOR A 32 YEAR OLD! IF YOU WANT TO TAKE YOUR GAME TO THE NEXT LEVEL I WOULD RECOMMEND EA EVERY TIME!” DOMIEN LOUBRY POINT GUARD BRUSSELS

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YANEK CELZO

U16 ELITE ACADEMY PLAYER 2018-2021

WHAT I THINK IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT THE ACADEMY IS THAT EVERYBODY GOT THE SAME MINDSET, EVERYBODY GOT THE SAME GOALS AND EVERYBODY WANTS TO WORK HARD! THIS WAS SOMETHING THAT WAS MISSING IN MY PREVIOUS CLUB, AND WHAT I REALLY APPRECIATE IN THE ACADEMY!

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VANJA CERNIVEC MANAGER, BASKETBALL OPERATIONS, NBA EUROPE

ELITE ACADEMY IS A TRUE TESTAMENT TO “WHEN PASSION MEETS PROFESSION….SKY IS THE LIMIT.” THESE GUYS NOT ONLY LIVE, BREATH AND DREAM BASKETBALL, THEY ARE ON A CONTINUES PATH OF LEARNING AND IMPROVING EVERY SINGLE DAY. WHAT I RESPECT MOST ABOUT THEM IS THEIR PASSION TO SHARE THEIR KNOWLEDGE WITH ANYONE WHO IS WILLING TO LISTEN AND BE OPEN TO NEW IDEAS. MAKE SURE YOU ARE ONE OF THEM!

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MICHAEL DE BOECK ELITE ACADEMY DEFENSIVE COACH

WE DON’T BELIEVE IN THE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS OF HAVING 1 COACH FOR EVERY 12 PLAYERS AND EXPECT HIM OR HER TO BE GOOD AT TEACHING EVERYTHING. WE TRY TO WORK WITH A TEAM OF EXPERT COACHES, WHO ARE ALL SPECIALIZED IN ONE TOPIC OF THE GAME.

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PARENT TESTIMONIALS About seven years ago our eldest son took part in his first basketball camp during the Easter holidays. This turned out to be no success at all: the coaches were the ones in the spotlight the whole week with no attention given to the players. In the same spring, a poster was displayed at my son’s school promoting an ‘Elite Athletes’ basketball camp. We had never heard of Elite Athletes, but after a very pleasant and enlightening conversation with Werner Michiels (father of Joerik), our son was registered for his very first EA camp. The program looked pretty impressive and ... there was hot food provided! The camp turned out to be a real hit and many EA camps followed after. It was so nice to see how a team of young, dynamic coaches repeatedly succeeded in not only throwing up very “cool” basketball camps but above all paying a lot of attention to fundamentals and technical skills, simultaneously paying attention to the natural athletic development of the children. We were therefore pleasantly surprised when coach Joerik - almost six years ago - spoke to us about his ambitious training project and came up with a daring proposal. He personally committed himself to train our then 12-year-old son up to age 18 in a very intensive way in a team to become a versatile, modern athlete with the help of the best coaches. Although at the time we were not looking for a change of team and feared the impact on our family life, we decided to take the big step by committing to EA. Now, six years later, the end of the training cycle is almost in sight and we can say in complete confidence that Joerik and his team have guaranteed by more than 100% their word. The results are beyond impressive. Through the last six years of physical and technical training, the players - accompanied by the best coaches delivering in optimal training conditions - have not only become skilled individual athletes. The U18 team have become a machine that delivers with a killer instinct, always guaranteeing games which are enjoyable to support as parents. This result, however, did not come naturally and occurred through trial and error. Throughout the emphasis was always placed upon respect for personal development and individual growth of each player, with a lot of focus on injury prevention. Concepts such as ‘Trust the process’ and ‘You win some and you learn some’, taught us as parents to have confidence in the learning process and not think in the short-term. Something just as, if not more important, is the development that the players have experienced off the court and the friendships that they have forged. Unforgettable trips, camps and tournaments at home and abroad (visiting countries such as Poland, England, Sweden, Spain and Luxembourg). There have been too many positive events with EA to mention! Whatever the boys go on to achieve with basketball, the Academy has given them certain experiences and tools that will stay with them for life: creativity, perseverance, entrepreneurial spirit (e.g. organisation of commercial activities to finance trips and tournaments abroad), teamwork, the importance of the studying and approaching this within a learning environment (homework classes before practice). Additionally, the modern learning methods (workshops for efficient study, the importance of sleep, healthy food) have been of great benefit to our boys. We did not hesitate, even for a single second, when Elite Academy announced their plans to start a new U16 team and provide our youngest son, Simon, with the same opportunity to be a part of this special program. Thanks, Joerik and the entire Academy Team. We trust the process! 28

Paul Van Lierde & Liesbeth Spaas Parents of Simon & Louis Van Lierde


LOUIS VAN LIERDE U18ELITE ACADEMY PLAYER 2013-2019

“WHAT I PERSONALLY LIKE ABOUT THE ACADEMY, IS THAT THE COACHES ARE NOT FOCUSSED ON WINNING GAMES BUT MORE ON THE PROGRESSION THAT EVERY PLAYER CAN MAKE INDIVIDUALLY. WE WILL NEVER TRAIN TO PERFORM FOR THE NEXT GAME. THE COACHES NEVER SAY SOMETHING LIKE WE NEED TO WIN THIS GAME, THIS CUP, OR THE GOAL IS TO FINISH FIRST. EVERYTHING IS FOCUSSED ON BECOMING THE MOST COMPLETE PLAYER WHEN WE GRADUATE AND LEAVE THE ACADEMY.” 29


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JOERIK MICHIELS

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The Process  

An insight into the Elite Academy program, based in Antwerp.

The Process  

An insight into the Elite Academy program, based in Antwerp.

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