Guilford's Rich Walton, a former teacher, recently created a unique online basketball training assessment system to help kids develop and engage with their own progress.
Skill Development Coach, built over the course of five years, is designed to assist players, parents and coaches by offering customized video skill sets for players, depending on their stage of development. The curriculum-based, instructional model is organized on a "periodic table". "Then we can send that directly to a player's iPhone or handheld device so they can more or less streamline their practice focus when they're not in the gym training for basketball," explains Walton. Players click on certain elements and videos. Walton believes this is a "clear and concise" video-based approach.
"It's starting to take-off all over the country...it's very exciting," says Walton whose clients now include college programs, high school coaches and YMCAs. "It's a great way for kids to get better." The program has even caught the eye of former pro player Ruthie Bolton.
Bolstered by the popularity of his concept, Walton is inspired to expand his idea in the future, perhaps creating a similar concept for more sports: "It can be used in many different territories."
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