Rhythm Dribble's revolutionary Neuromuscular Dribble Training (NDT) program leverages the science of neuromuscular activation and adaptation to build muscle memory and reduce injuries. This is a unique approach to basketball training programs. As a result, players are more confident, have greater poise, and are prepared to think more strategically in game time situations because they are no longer concentrating so intently on each dribble of the ball.
We refer to ourselves as a "performance diagnostics" company because we analyzed hundreds of moves performed at the collegiate and professional level. From those, we selected the 180 most common or essential moves in today’s game. We rated each move based on 11 independent factors (hand speed, coordination, hip rotation, etc…), put them in hierarchical order based on their relationships to each other and divided them across 5 stages of skill development according to their level of complexity. Now we can watch an athlete perform a move, score their performance and recommend a “prescription” for improvement. That prescription can then be delivered to the athlete through our mobile app.
With our NDT program, a player can objectively monitor their own progress. Self-confidence develops faster and the player sees how hard work and practice pay off. This can influence the rest of a players life, including their academic performance.
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History of RD
Initially, I became a coach to train my sons and nephews. I quickly became frustrated because it seemed my kids were not transferring what they learned in practice into their game-time performance fast enough. I’m sure many parents and coaches share that same frustration. One day I realized, it was a lack of rhythm and continuity in their ball handling and a lack of accountability in their independent training.
Fundamental ball handling skills needed work.
Transitions were abrupt and forced. One move did not seem to flow naturally into the next. Instead the moves were all independent and had a clear beginning and end.
I would tell them to do various movement and cardio exercises before the next practice but I had no real way of confirming that they were doing the independent work
I also noticed, kids preferred practicing their shooting over practicing their dribbling because shooting practice provides immediate objective performance feedback and traditional dribbling practice really provides no feedback at all so how can one guage if they are getting better.
I created this comprehensive program to address the obstacles that I encountered as a parent/coach trying to teach ball handling fundamentals to children that already have pretty full daily schedules and are easily distracted.
In the past 3 years, Rhythm Dribble has contributed to 9 kids going to division 1 colleges and universities, as Point Guard, on full scholarships (several started their freshman year).
With the release of our mobile app, there will be boys and girls around the world, who are what we call “Rhythm Dribblers”.
Start at the Beginning
When you hear people referring to basketball “fundamentals”, they are talking about the under pinning of every play and every move a player makes. Great players have mastered the fundamentals of the game.
Why does our program focus so intently on ball handling?
Ball Handling is under-rated as a fundamental and as a result there are very few formal training programs that exist to help athletes develop that aspect of their game. However, becoming a better ball handler will make you better at most other aspects of the game. A proficient ball handler is a greater threat and demands more respect from defenders on the court. When a player does not have to concentrate on dribbling, they are free to think more strategically about shooting, passing, and what to do with that rebound they just secured.
Yes, the point guard should be a master at ball handling, but a center who is a proficient ball handler creates new options and opportunities for the team, and basketball is a team sport. A proficient ball handler might even pull in a second defender (double team) which means now there is an open man on the court. Rather than trying to beat your defender(s) individually, hit the open man and good things can happen. Especially, if that open man is also a proficient ball handler.
To become a proficient ball handler, a player must always remember dribbling is a means to an end, not the end itself. That means the dribbler objective is not to dribble, it’s to advance the ball with the team and score. Great players don't waste time dribbling if there is an open teammate or a shot available.
One thing is sure, you can’t be a great basketball player if you can’t dribble.
The Key to Success
Learning a new skill or improving an existing skill involves "changing the brain". Every skill that an athlete performs involves activating and/or creating neural pathways. That means sloppy or careless practice is not just a waste of time, it can actually change the brain too.
All 5 stages of Rhythm Dribble's neuro-muscular training program are built upon a new concept we callT.I.M.E., that focuses on formation of new neural pathways using short efficient sessions of what we like to call "perfect" practices.
Target – Use a tempo based audio target that must be matched by the athlete with each dribble of the ball. This creates accountability and provides immediate and objective performance feedback with each and every dribble of the ball.
Isolation – Focus on mastering the skills associated with one move in an intense, undistracted setting before advancing to the next.
Measurability – Progress must be objectively measurable so coaches, trainers, parents, and most importantly the player can monitor development, from week to week, session to session, and dribble to dribble.
Efficiency – Activity should be repeated, over and over, in short 2 – 6 minute bursts to build confidence, muscle memory, and stamina.
Target beat is established by setting the tempo. All moves in the Rhythm Dribble training programs must be practiced at multiple tempos. The easiest tempo is level 1 which demands 116 dribbles per minute and the hardest tempo is level 5 which demands 237 dribbles per minute. Learning to perform the moves at the slow tempos is just as important as learning to perform them at the faster ones.
Using our Mobile App, there are both auditory and visual cues so you can dribble the ball in sync with the target beat. The coach can select a move, level, and practice length which can then be assigned to one or more players as a “Challenge”. When a player completes the challenge their success is reported back to the coach so they know who has completed the assignment and who has not.
Isolation is important because the intense, undistracted practice of a move contributes to the development of positive muscle memory. We say “positive” muscle memory because just like muscles can remember how to do the move the right way, they can also be taught (by accident) to do a move the wrong way. By isolating on the specific move, we increase the probability of developing positive muscle memory. As player’s stamina increases, the length of time they can perform the move correctly increases and more muscle memory is achieved.
In our Mobile App, a graphic timer will be displayed on the screen counting down and an animated illustration of the rhythm will appear below the timer so the player can focus their attention on the timer and rhythm instead of looking at the floor or the ball they are dribbling.
Measurability is important because everyone in the process benefits from an objective means of measuring the developmental progress of the player, especially the player. When a player can objectively see their own progress from session to session, they have greater incentive to focus on completing more independent sessions using the app. This makes them a better player faster, capable of contributing more to the team’s performance.
With measurability, it is also important to emphasize the importance of character. It is easy for a player to initiate many practice sessions with the app and not actually do the practice, then claim mastery over the move. While we could have utilized the technology built into most modern smart devices to determine if a player was actually performing the move, we thought this would be a good area to start helping the athlete build character and a true personal commitment to excellence. If the player claims mastery over a move without actually having practiced the move the recommended number of repetitions they are cheating themselves out of the muscle memory that can only be achieved through repetition. Additionally, anyone, certainly any coach or trainer, will be able to see that they have not mastered execution of the move and that will put the players character in question. It’s better for a player to actually practice a move more then we recommend because our app tracks that too and that shows dedication to personal development.
The app keeps track of every move practice session completed independently by a player so they can monitor their progress toward completion of the recommended repetitions to mastery for each move in every stage of the program. Below the timer, the app displays how many times a move has been practiced at each level and will depict the player’s progress as a bar graph.
Efficiency is critically important to the development of positive muscle memory. By practicing a move, in isolation as described above, in short defined bursts ranging from 2 minutes to 6 minutes the player begins to develop positive muscle memory because it’s not long enough to invite failure but it’s long enough to begin building the players stamina. As a player begins to complete the 2 to 6 minute session with fewer and fewer and eventually no errors, they begin to build confidence in their ability to execute the move. As they are building confidence, they are also building muscle memory.
In the app, once you have selected a move and the level (tempo), the player must choose whether to perform the move for: The standard 4 minute session to build muscle memory and confidence, the interval program to practice changes in tempo and pace that are demanded by game time situations, or the infinite program to focus on building stamina. The 4 minute session, and each 4 minute segment of the infinite program count toward your completion of a moves recommended repetitions. The interval program does not count toward the recommended repetitions, but it prepares you for the tempo changes demanded by game time situations.
Trainers & Bios
Mr. Adams is founder and current President and CEO of Rhythm Dribble, Inc. Using basketball, he empowers children with greater confidence and self-respect. The ability to set a goal, then put the hard work in to achieve that goal, and realize success, is life-changing activity. Through effective and innovative training, he hopes to make these values accessible to children around the world. Founded in 2009, Rhythm Dribble began a journey to move 7 athletes through the basketball-training life cycle in order to position them for college scholarships and ultimately national success