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Are Personalized Lessons Right for Everyone?

April 20, 2016

Hello!  For those of you who I have not formally met, my name is Mark Gabriel and I have been training basketball players in the Main Line area since I graduated from Haverford College in 2005.  For those who do know me, nice to see you again!  Below are a couple of the commonly asked questions that I have received over the years since I started training players:


Are personalized lessons right for everyone?

I bet you think that I am going to write "yes" to this one.  Wrong!  Having trained players for the past 11 years, I can write with confidence that some players greatly benefit from personalized training and others do not.  


The most important thing to ask yourself is "will my son or daughter enjoy personalized training sessions?"  If the answer to the question is yes then there is a good chance that your child will flourish.  If the answer is no, then you may want to consider other ways of cultivating your child's athletic development such as camps or clinics; additionally, if you answered no to this question, perhaps your child is a good candidate for a trial lesson to validate your assumption. 


When should I start thinking about personalized training for my child?

The last thing you want to do is stress out about entering your child too early or too late into personal training.  The great part about lessons is that when in doubt you can always schedule a trial lesson and see how it goes.  There are  enough things in life to be stressed about.  Finding the right time to enroll your child into personal lessons should not be one of them!  Below are a few additional considerations:

  • Goals - What is your child looking to achieve in his or her respective sport?

  • Maturity - Can your child get through a 60-minute session?

  • Practice - Is your child able to practice what he or she learns after the lesson?

  • Interest - Is your child interested in getting better?


Is it more important to have my child play in leagues or to get individual training?

Why not both?  One of the best ways for a player to achieve his or her full potential is to utilize a multi-dimensional approach to training.  Simply training once a week without playing on a team limits a player's ability to take what he or she is learning and apply it in a game situation.  Conversely, it is virtually impossible to get better by simply playing a sport without working on some of the developmental areas.


Where should I go If I have questions?

Simple: ask us!  My #1 goal is to help players in the Main Line area achieve their full potential.  There have been numerous occasions where I have spoken at length with parents about strategies that did not involve leveraging our business to assist with their child's athletic development.  While I am a firm proponent that our training can help players achieve their goals, I realize that our training services are not for everyone.  However, I know it can be both time-consuming and confusing trying to figure out how to help your child to get to the next level.  When in doubt, please reach out to me...even if your question has nothing to do with our services.  While I cannot promise you I will have the right answer, I can promise you that you will receive a response!


What are the benefits of individual training?

I am a firm proponent that supplementing personalized training with a player's current training regimen is one of the best ways for the player to reach his or her true athletic potential.  I have seen the power of individual training having taken lessons all throughout my high school years.  Personalized training helped me go from a good high school player to a District MVP in high school and a 1,000 point scorer in college.  Similar to the hair club for men slogan, "I am not just the company President, but I was also a client!"


I break the specific benefits of individual training down into two primary areas: skills development and confidence-building.  Truth be told, the second benefit is probably even more important than the first.  Ask any great player to give you the keys to his or her success and I would be willing to bet that confidence would be on the short list for most of them.  Whether you train with Hot Shot Skills, or any other company for that matter, you should start to see a gradual increase in your child's skills and confidence. 


What is Hot Shot Sports Training?

I intentionally put this question towards the bottom of the list.  While I am always searching for parents whose children could benefit from our training services, we are first and foremost dedicated to helping and educating the community to the best of our ability, regardless of whether or not you use our services. 


But since you asked...Hot Shot Sports Training is an athletic development business that specialized in personalized and small group training.  Although the business has technically been in existence since 2015, I have personally been training basketball players since I graduated from Haverford College in 2005.  Put simply, we are in the business of helping players achieve their goals, no matter how large or small.  We do this through harnessing the experience of our highly trained coaches to help our players increase both their skills and their confidence. 



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Mark Gabriel                     

(484) 380-5316

Mongomery County, Pennsylvania