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In the fall of 2017 Todd Nash will teach an 8 week series of Basketball Classes in Southern California.  Each of these classes will meet one day of the week for 1 hour.  The class will teach the basic individual skills in basketball as well as teaching some team play and some small group games.  Basketball is a sport EVERY child should learn at the basic level because it develops critical motor skills, coordination, rhythm, timing, and develops cross brain connections better than any sport.  They don't have to every play in a league, but every child should learn the basic skills in basketball, regardless of their athletic interests!  We don't ask our children if they want to learn subtraction or learn history - we make them learn those subjects EVEN IF THEY DON'T LIKE IT because we know they need it.  You should do the same with their physical EDUCATION!  Learning these physical skills is a critical part of their education.  These classes are planned and structured so every child will develop individual skills.  We don't just throw out a ball and have them try to play the game.  This is why they should all take this class!


Basketballs will be provided in 3 different sizes - 27.5", 28.5" and 29.5".  Todd will teach ball handling drills, dribbling drills and skills, passing, shooting technique, defensive positioning, and small group games.  It is a good class for students regardless of their skill level.  It is a good class for students new to the sport, as well as for those who have played many years of basketball to sharpen their individual skills. 




COST: The Basketball Class fee is $100 per student for a check or $105 for a charter school PO - a BARGAIN when it comes to

quality athletic instruction!  Todd is a vendor with all southern California charter schools.

Requirements:  Wear tennis shoes, athletic shorts or sweatpants, and a T-shirt.   Bring your own water. 

SHOES:  Parents, please do not bring your kids to classes with Sandals, slip on shoes, or barefoot.  Without proper shoes, children may be required to sit out the class.  Many of the activities in class could injure your child's foot without adequate support and protection.  Lace up tennis shoes that are tied tightly (not baggy, untied, and loose) are the only proper footwear.  OPEN TOED SHOES ARE NOT ALLOWED!  This can easily cause a broken toe!

To sign up, go to the registration page linked to the home page.  THIS IS NOT AN INTEREST LIST!  If you register, you are expected to pay and attend the class!  Classes are planned, schedules set, and money is spent based on registration numbers, so do not register unless you will be paying for and attending the class.  Also make sure you read the cancellation policy on the CONDUCT AND POLICIES page, and read the same page to understand the behavior expectations for your child.  You may contact Todd Nash at California Athletics with questions, but please register through the website.   

We will NOT postpone or cancel classes for wet grass or rain.  It is a light rain, we can do the class, and we don't need to postpone.  Your kids will not be too cold, and they WILL learn to overcome obstacles through doing what might not be comfortable!Bring them out!  Moms can stay in the car with a warm coffee and a friend and stay dry - let your kids get wet!

Schedule:  Classes will all begin the week of September 25, 2017, and will meet for 8 consecutive weeks.  The following us the tentative class schedule.


9:00-10:00         Murrieta

10:45-11:45       South Corona

12:30-1:30         Riverside

2:00-3:00           Loma Linda

3:45-4:45           Rancho Cucamonga



9:00-10:00         TBD

10:30-11:30       Mission Viejo

12:00-12:55       HSCOC Costa Mesa

1:20-2:20           Compass Charter School, Santa Ana

2:45-3:45           Anaheim/Orange

4:30-5:30           San Clemente Strength & Conditioning training



8:15-9:15           Rancho Santa Margarita (HSC RSM, Crown Homeschool)

9:40-10:40         ILA Aliso Viejo PE Class

12:00-1:00         Carlsbad

1:30-2:30           Escondido

3:00-4:00           Rancho Penasquitos

4:30-5:30           La Mesa



8:30-9:30           Chino Hills

10:30-11:30       Glendale

12:15-1:15         Torrance

1:45-2:45           Long Beach

3:30-4:30           San Clemente


See the bottom of this page for detailed directions to the locations for each park.  To sign up, go to the registration page linked to the home page.  You may contact Todd Nash at California Athletics with questions, but please register through the website.


If you are with a charter school which will pay for your class, contact your teacher and have a PO issued immediately. If I have a PO in hand prior to the class start I will not require a deposit check.  This is your responsibility as the parent to arrange!




Monday 9:00-10:00 Murrieta:  Cal Oaks Sports Park, Murietta.  Meet in the parking lot and we will go to the basketball court.


Monday 10:45-11:45 South Corona/Elsinore:  Deleo Regional Sports Park, 25655 Santiago Canyon Rd, Corona.  Meet in the parking lot next to the playground.


Monday 12:30-1:30 Riverside:  Arlington Heights Sports Park.  Take 91 to Van Buren SOUTH.  After crossing Victoria, take the next left on Cleveland at the end of the park, then enter the park on the first drive on the left.  We will meet at the basketball courts.  Mapquest the intersection of Cleveland and Van Buren in Riverside. 


Monday 2:00-3:00 Loma Linda:  Elmer Digneo Park.  Enter at the intersection of Orange Grove St & Van Leuven St, go to the end of the parking lot, the basketball court is there.


Monday 3:45-4:45 Rancho Cucamonga:  Golden Oak Park  (0.8 miles from River Springs class site): 9345 Golden Oak Rd., Rancho Cucamonga.  Turn right inside the driveway and meet at the basketball court.




Tuesday 9:00-10:00: TBD


Tuesday 10:30 - 11:30 Mission Viejo:  Costeau Park, Mission Viejo, at the intersection of Alicia and Cousteau, 200 meters west of I-5.  Turn left on Costeau, park immediately, meet at the basketball court.


Tuesday 12:00-12:55 HSCOC Costa Mesa:  Mesa Verde United Methodist Church, 1701 Baker St, Costa Mesa.


Tuesday 1:20-2:20 Compass Charter School, Santa Ana:  902 S Broadway, Santa Ana. At the Compass Charter site in Santa Ana.  Call Todd if you need details.


Tuesday 2:45-3:45 Anaheim/Orange:  El Camino Real Park, 400 N Main Street, Orange. Park at the basketball courts.


Tuesday 3:30-4:30  San Clemente Strength & Conditioning Training: TBD



Wednesday 8:15-9:15  Rancho Santa Margarita: (HSC RSM/Crown Homeschool PE and anyone else): Arroyo Vista Park, 29661 Avenida De Las Banderas, Rancho Santa Margarita.


Wednesday 9:40-10:40  ILA Aliso Viejo PE Class:  5 Pursuit, Aliso Viejo.


Wednesday 12:00-1:00  Carlsbad:  Poinsettia Park, 6600 Hidden Valley Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92011. When you enter the park, turn RIGHT at the T, follow the road to the far end of the parking lot on the left by the tennis courts. We will walk to the basketball courts from there.


Wednesday 1:30-2:30 Escondido:  Calvin Christian School, 2000 N Broadway, Escondido.  Meet in the parking lot at the left edge of the gym or on the sidewalk to the left of the gym.  When I get there I will open the gate and let everyone in.  We will practice on the courts inside the gates.


Wednesday 3:00-4:00  Rancho Penasquitos:  Views West Community Park.  Meet in the parking lot and we will go to the basketball court together.


Wednesday 4:30-5:30 La Mesa:  Princess Del Cerro Park.  6195 Wenrich Dr, San Diego.  Park on the street, meet at the basketball court in the middle of the park.




Thursday 8:30-9:30 Chino Hills:  Grand Avenue Park, 1301 Grand Avenue, Chino Hills, CA.  Just west of Pleasant Hill Dr on Grand Avenue.  Entering the park turn right in the parking lot and park immediately.  Meet in the lot and we will go to the basketball courts.


Thursday 10:30-11:30 Glendale:  Griffith Manor Park, 1551 Flower, Glendale.


Thursday 12:15-1:15 Torrance:  Guenser Park, 17800 Gramercy Pl, Torrance.  Meet at the basketball court.


Thursday 1:45-2:45 Long Beach:  Stearns Champions Park, 4520 E 23rd St, Long Beach.  Meet in the parking lot.  We will use the beautiful, new basketball courts near the parking lot.


Thursday 3:30-4:30: San Clemente HCS site: Open to all students, but held at park in HCS class neighborhood at The Reserve.  Vista Jardin & Calle De Los Arboles, turn on Vista Jardin, then left immediately to the park.  Meet in the parking area.  You will need the gate code to get into the neighborhood. Contact Todd at 760-458-9753 Cell.



Please feel free to email Todd Nash if you have any questions.




If you would like a Sports Class or short term Clinic for your group, contact Todd and he will work with you to schedule one at your group site.


To sign up click on REGISTER, fill in the information, choose your class site, and click SUBMIT at the bottom.

Sign ups for fall classes will be available in June.



Basketball Drills

The following drills are taught to students throughout the class.  You can use this list to print and post somewhere your students can refer to it as they practice their skills each day.  These are not taught all on day 1, but will be taught progressively over the course of the first 5-6 weeks.  Do each of these drills for 10 repetitions to start with, and increase to 15 or 20 repetitions as you get faster and more proficient.


Ball Handling Drills: 

  1. Toss the ball back and forth high from right to left hand, keeping your palm OFF the ball, feeling the ball in the fingers.

  2. Toss the ball directly between the hands in front of the chest.

  3. Swing the ball side to side below your belt, then toss it back and forth low.

  4. Move the ball around the left leg 10 times each way.

  5. Move the ball around the right leg 10 times each way.

  6. Swing the ball from your front to your back, stop there, then swing it from back to front and stop.  Do it each way.

  7. Move the ball around the waist 10 times each way.

  8. With the legs wide, facing forward, move the ball in a figure 8 around each leg, forward, then backwards.


Standing Dribbling Drills:

  1. Dribble with the right hand in front of you.  Keep the ball at your belt height or below.

  2. Dribble with the left hand in front of you.

  3. Dribble back and forth between the right and left hand LOW, hand on the side of the ball.

  4. With the left foot forward, dribble twice on one side, under the left leg, twice on the other side, then back through.

  5. Repeat with the right foot forward.

  6. Dribble the ball in a circle around the body 10 times each way.

  7. With feet wide, knees bent, dribble the ball low in a figure 8 around the legs forward and backward.


Moving Dribbling Drills:

  1. Walk or jog while dribbling the ball with the right hand.  Go the length of the basketball court and back.

  2. Do the same dribbling with the left hand.

  3. Do the same dribbling back and forth between the right and left hands.


Passing Drills:  Pass the ball with a partner doing each of

  1. Chest Pass

  2. Bounce Pass

  3. Overhead Pass