• Q. Why is the business called Team Nikos?
    A. Nikos (NEEKOS) is Greek for “victory of the people.” Team Nikos is named as such because the game of basketball is a team sport, and achieving victory as a team is dependent on each player on the team working hard and communicating together as a unit. Hence our Team Nikos motto, “One Team One Unit, One Unit One Team.”
  • Q. . What is Academy and how do I sign my child up?
    A. Academy is skill-based training in the fundamentals of basketball, focusing on aspects of the game such as dribbling, shooting, passing, footwork, etc. Academy is held twice a week, Monday and Wednesday evenings, from 5pm to 7pm at Ladera Sports Center. You may sign up via our website here.
  • What is an individual workout, and what will my child learn?
    A. An individual workout out is generally an hour-long session in which your student athlete will receive individual instruction on various basketball fundamentals and skills, all designed to improve his or her overall basketball game and ability.
  • Q. When and Where are the workouts held?
    A. Private (individual) workouts are scheduled directly with a coach of your choice. The sessions are held at Ladera Sports Center.
  • Q. What about group workouts?
    A.Group workouts consist of 2 to 4 athletes working with one coach for what is usually an hour-long session. There is more individual attention provided in a small group workout than what is received in an Academy session, but less than what an athlete would receive in a private/individual session. Group workouts are available through select coaches on our staff. Please contact our Academy and Training Director, Brandon Holmes (brandon@teamnikos.com), for more information.
  • Q. What is the cost for workouts?
     A. The cost for an individual workout is $70 per hour; for a small group workout it is $45 per participant.
  • Q. How long are the workouts?
     A. Workouts are generally 1 hour, but could sometimes run up to an hour and 15 minutes.
  • Q. What are the age groups?
     A. Boys and girls ages 6 and up
  • Q. What are Club teams, and how are they different from NJB?
     A. Our Club teams consist of players who have tried out and been selected by our staff of professional coaches to participate at the Club level, versus NJB which is our recreational division and open to all athletes regardless of skill level.  Our NJB teams play in 6- to 8-week sessions during which they practice and play against other NJB teams in the same grade/division level.  Our Club teams take part in a 5- to 11-month season, with practices twice per week and participation in competitive tournaments twice per month.  Our Club teams may also travel to other cities and/or states for these competitive tournaments.  Our Club teams have professional coaches, while our NJB teams have volunteer coaches.
  • Q. When are tryouts for the Club teams?
     A. We have tryouts twice a year, generally during the last week of August and the last week of February.  For exact dates, times and location of tryouts, please check back on our website.
  • Q. What is the cost to be on a Club team?
     A. The cost varies from season to season, and depends on a number of factors.  Please contact our Program Manager, Carol Miller (carol@teamnikos.com), for current cost information.
  • Q. How does Team Nikos prepare youth athletes to go on and play in High School and College?
     A. We focus on developing the individual athlete through skill-training in the fundamentals of the game, while also providing them with opportunities to enhance their basketball IQ and concepts of teamwork in competitive games and tournaments.  Once they reach High School, our program participates in viewing tournaments that gives them visibility to college coaches and helps facilitate communications with college recruiters.
  • Q. What is the difference between Club team practices and Academy?
     A. Club team practices are held twice per week, each session lasting an hour and a half, with the focus on team development (running offensive plays, learning defensive sets, setting screens, running press breaks and inbound plays, and scrimmaging with other teams).  Academy is also held twice per week, each session lasting 2 hours, with the focus on individual skill development (ball handling, footwork, attacking the basket, shooting, etc.).
  • Q. Why should my child attend Academy in addition to team practices?
     A. Although Academy attendance is optional, it is highly recommended that all of our youth athletes attend Academy in order to continue their individual growth and development as basketball players.  The skills and drills that are practiced in Academy are not generally included as activities during a team practice.