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Poncho H., West Hollywood, CA Basketball Coach

Poncho H.

HOOP PRODIGY

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#3 RANKED basketball coach on Coach Up. ELITE, detailed SKILL DEVELOPMENT from a vet of high level hoops from High school, D-1, N.B.A.,Europe. www.HoopProdigy.com View all coaching experience

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  1. Santa Monica, CA
  2. Beverly Hills, CA
  3. Los Angeles, CA

Coach is willing to travel up to 25 miles

Packages

Trial Package
In-Person Training for a single athlete

1 session package with Coach Poncho. 60 minute session length. My primary focus is to evaluate each players skill. Upon evaluation, the necessary drills will then be implemented. IE: Footwork, Ball Handling, Shooting.

Session Length: 1 hour

$88 1 session + one-time fee

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Light Package
In-Person Training for a single athlete

3 session package with Coach Poncho. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 hour

$264 3 sessions ($88/ea) + one-time fee

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Standard Package
In-Person Training for a single athlete

5 session package with Coach Poncho. 60 minute session length. Discounted $20

Session Length: 1 hour

$420 5 sessions ($84/ea) + one-time fee

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Elite Package
In-Person Training for a single athlete

10 session package with Coach Poncho. 60 minute session length. Discounted $40

Session Length: 1 hour

$840 10 sessions ($84/ea) + one-time fee

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3 Athlete Training
In-Person Training for up to 3 athletes

3 athlete skill work, with a discount of $45

Session Length: 1 hour

$219 1 session + one-time fee

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2 AthleteTraining
In-Person Training for up to 2 athletes

2 Athlete Skill work, with a discount of $10.

Session Length: 1 hour

$166 1 session + one-time fee

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Online Training
Online Training for a single athlete

Not in the state of California and looking to learn from the best?? Have no fear! With online training, you can now have the athlete Skype with me. Whether it is footage of your shot to improve shooting efficiency, the rev... See More

Session Length: 30 minutes

$40 1 session + one-time fee

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4 Athlete Training
In-Person Training for up to 4 athletes

4 athlete skill work, with a discount of $80. Each additional athlete after 4, there is an ongoing discount.

Session Length: 1 hour

$272 1 session + one-time fee

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Shooting Gun Session(Orange County) W/Coach
In-Person Training for a single athlete

Coach Poncho will implement drills in conjunction with using the GUN8000.The GUN 8000 is an automated rebounding tool used by basketball players to enhance their shooting skills. “These high-tech machines are placed under... See More

Session Length: 1 hour

$110 1 session + one-time fee

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Shooting Gun Session W/O Coach(Orange County)
In-Person Training for a single athlete

The GUN 8000 is an automated rebounding tool used by basketball players to enhance their shooting skills. “These high-tech machines are placed under the basket, where the athlete will catch shots thrown from the machine. T... See More

Session Length: 30 minutes

$35 1 session + one-time fee

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  • University of Colorado--Boulder (CO)

  • 10 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Guard, Forward, Center

  • Rebounding, Shooting, Reading the Floor, Post Moves, Pick and Roll, Passing, Moving Without the Ball, Footwork, Defense, Ball Handling, Attacking the Rim, Agility

Credentials

  • University of Colorado--Boulder (CO)

  • 10 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

Services

  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Guard, Forward, Center

  • Rebounding, Shooting, Reading the Floor, Post Moves, Pick and Roll, Passing, Moving Without the Ball, Footwork, Defense, Ball Handling, Attacking the Rim, Agility

Introduction Video

More About Coach Poncho

I am a U.S.A BASKETBALL CERTIFIED youth development coach who has trained basketball players of all ages and skill level for a number of years; including my son who was a 1st Round Pick in the 2014 National Basketball Association draft. I specialize in individual and group training sessions for ages from 5 years old on up, and for varying skill level of athletes from middle school, high school, college, professional and MIDDLE AGE! The only thing which rivals my knowledge of the game is my PASSION for this game! This passion is what drives me to be the best basketball skill developer in the business! Learn and Have Fun...Have Fun Learning. Myself and my business partner are the force behind the popular organization HOOP PRODIGY. At Hoop Prodigy, we believe in pushing for the teaching of basketball, being learned the right way! Education, Innovation and Lifestyle is our motto. www.HoopProdigy.com

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***Myself and my organization(Www.HoopProdigy.com) have an exceptional amount of experience, as well, in working with large groups of athletes. We also travel internationally to accommodate those looking for skill development camps in different countries. Please inquire within for that as well.***

I competed at the highest level from high school to the professional leagues. During my high school years, I played for the legendary coach Morgan Wooten at the historic basketball institution, DeMatha High located in Hyattsville, Maryland. During my college years, I attended and played at the University of Colorado, located in Boulder, Colorado (Go Buffs!). While playing at Colorado, the competition was fierce, as during that time, the University was a member of arguably the number one basketball conference in the nation; the Big 8. After college, I tried out and earned a roster spot with the Los Angeles Lakers. I played the entire pre-season for the Lakers prior to being released before the regular season began. Upon being released by the Lakers, I played on various teams, in various countries(Israel, Japan, France, Spain, Turkey) at the top level of European Basketball leagues for six (7) years.

Training sessions are based on the age and experience of the athlete. Prior to the first session, I will establish a dialogue with the athlete and/or parent to determine the athlete's skill level. During this discussion, we also have an "expectation setting" discussion to determine exactly what are the athlete's goals, as well as what they are looking to achieve as a result of the training. Once the athlete's skill level has been determined, I will design a training program consisting of skill development drills and workouts tailor made for the athlete. DO NOT BE TURNED AWAY DUE TO MY TRAINING RATES. I AM ONE OF, IF NOT THE BEST AND MOST DETAILED TRAINER IN CALIFORNIA. I GUARANTEE THAT WITH THE HIGHER RATE, COMES A HIGHER DEGREE OF TRAINING!

The purpose of EVERY session is for the athlete to become better than they were before that session. How do we do that? The athlete's learn, have fun, and have fun while learning! It is also VERY important for me to see that my young athletes become better as young men and women! I will always check with them on how they are doing in school!

No two athletes are the same, and that is the mindset with which I approach my athletes. As such, my athletes training programs will be based on their basketball position, level of skill they possess, as well as the level of skill they are interested in achieving.

******Please note, I require a 24 hour cancellation notice in order to not be charged a completed session.********

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Client Reviews

We have had 3 sessions with coach Poncho and can say that he is a wonderful coach.
My son is 10 years old lack of basic skills of basket ball.
He very precisely diagnosed kid’s current skill level and gave appropriate levels of the lesson to the kid.
He is a very organized person on training with his own plan and on managing schedules.
Best thing is he knows how to take care of kids and my son loves his way of teaching.
We are willing to continue with coach Poncho

Great coach. Had a fun time training.

great session! lot of fun

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Very good training! Learnt a lot throughout one hour. Will definitely train with Poncho again if I come to LA.

My son just had his first session with Coach Poncho and truly enjoyed it. He was enthusiastic, focussed and did a great job assessing his strengths and needs. He said his game is already improving, and looking forward to the next one. Thanks, Coach.

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Coach Poncho took my son's skill level to new heights within a month. His confidence is also soaring and he feels prepared for the upcoming season.

Coach Poncho is fantastic!! My son had a great experience with him and learned so much in just one session. Will definitely book again and would recommend him to anyone!!

Great coach! My son loved it.

Coach Poncho is AWESOME!!!!!! He trains my son very well!!!!! And also he is willing to learn how to sign language to communicate with my deaf son.

Wonderful coach! Very professional. Kingsley really likes his first lesson!

Wow! What a great session! Attention to detail was amazing. Perfect gradient. Very patient and encouraging. Well done! We look forward to our next appointment.

The system of CoachUp rating has been proved by the very first training session. Coach Poncho is really an expert of the highest level. My son is 13 y.o. and he has already an experience of training in different countries such as Spain, Russia, France, Mintenegro and Lithuania so that nothing can surprise him dramatically. But he liked so much cooperating with Coach Poncho and eas very enthusiastic to come again and again. I think that the reason is not only that Coach Poncho is well equipped with tecnical skills but also is a very charismatic person and people he works with feel very comfortable and want to show their best during the training session.

Excellent coach.Spends time on fundamentals like footwork.He is very firm but forgiving.My daughter was not feeling very well today and he was very supportive and understanding!I would recommend him to a friend in heart beat!

Killer, highly detailed workout.

Coach Poncho is extremely detailed, patient, dynamic and true pro when it comes to technique and IQ. In short, he's AMAZING!!! Highly recommend him to anyone thats looking to improve at any aspect of their game. He truly deserves more than 5 stars.

Coach Poncho is a great coach. Within the first session my 10 years old son has improved tremendously on his footwork and protecting his dribble. Highly recommended!

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We were thrilled with the sessions. It is amazing how much more technical basketball is then it seems. My son really strengthened his game working with coach Poncho. I highly recommend him.

I highly recommend Coach Poncho. He has a wonderful attitude and is very enthusiastic. While his workouts are hard, they are also fun and my kids have enjoyed learning from him. He's a great trainer.

Coach Poncho is one of the best coaches that my son trained with. My son woke up every morning with such an excitement and motivation to have his sessions with Coach Pancho. He is an all around player who helps my son improve his basketball ability and knows the perfect drills to help him reach the next level. Needless to say I will be booking more sessions with Coach Pancho!!!

Poncho is a grear coach! We liked him so much! We stayed 15 days in LA and my sons trainned everyday with him. He has a lot of energy, very skilled and has a great hability with the kids! We will certanily book more sections when we are back in town. Thank you ver much! Muito Obrigado!

Coach Poncho worked with my grandson for two summers. There is no question in this coach's abilities, sincerity, experience, knowledge, and interest in making his athletes better performers. This is what he has to add to your child's desire. My grandson is on his way to college with a full paid basketball scholarship.

WLSJ

Poncho was excellent for our 2 boys. He worked them hard and taught them fundamental skills. Both boys loved the 5 hrs of training he spent with them. We will definitely use Poncho again

Great first session with Coach Poncho. My Son ask me to go back, and we will. Lots of technical workout for a first hour training, feel like being in good hands.

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Ben had a great time !

Awesome coach. 5 stars!

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I'm only 2 lessons in and can already see the improvement. Looking forward to crushing the rec league!

Great Session, Omari is inspired and motivated for another session.

Excellent coach!

Coach Poncho got started right away, he did not waste any time at all. My 14yr old son LOVED HIM!! I could see my son's confidence build in just one session. Coach P is exceptional.

Coach Poncho was excellent! I was so impressed with the way he explained technique to my 8 year-old son, and the manner in which he guided him through the skills with enthusiasm and patience. My son loved it and immediately asked for more sessions.

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Extremely encouraging and knowledgeable. Tailors the sessions to address your goals.

I had a great session

Poncho was excellent with my boys.

Thank you for the excellent training
My son progressed a lot and learned many new tricks

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Poncho really helped fine tune my skills! He's a great coach with a very human approach and knows how to adapt his training to any levels. I strongly recommand him to anybody who wants to improve, from beginners to pros!

My 11 year old son had an hour session with Coach Poncho and it was really great. Coach Poncho went back to basics and worked him hard on his techniques, ball skills and the fundamentals that kids often forget they have to learn in order to improve. It was a well spent hour and my son had a great time. I have no hesitation in recommending Coach Poncho.

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Great coach, fantastic with my young boys. Highly recommend getting in touch with him.

Had a second session after such a great time had the first time. I encourage anyone in the area to do the same!

Coach Poncho was very attentive to my skill level and allowed me to slowly develop; meeting me where I was at. I learned lots of basic and fundamental dribbling and shooting techniques. Very helpful! Would definitely come to him for more!

Excellent time for the boys!

Coach Poncho is a great coach!! He's very patient and brings a lot of energy. He has a huge passion for the sport. He will really push you. I'm coming back to him next I come back to L.A! It was honor working with him. I recommend him to anyone in the area!!

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The best coach I've ever had!

Best coach ever

Outstanding communicator

Coach Poncho was great, he got the boys motivated and working hard on their game.

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Coach Poncho took the time to check out our beta for a new basketball tech product we are developing. He is extremely knowledgable and gave us very useful feedback. Once we fix the bugs we will definitely be contacting Coach Poncho again.

Best coach I've ever had

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Great coach, lots of technical knowledge.

Great session with coach Poncho. He was patient and made a big difference in just one session.

Today was our very first session with coach Poncho. He is a wonderful trainer. Very outgoing and encouraging, patient,polite & knowledgeable. Our son was beyond happy and grateful with his first session
We definitely will be returning as often as possible. -Gio

Coach Poncho was absolutely wonderful! He is quick to respond to scheduling questions, is always on time, is very friendly and professional but most importantly, he is extremely knowledgeable and was very helpful to my son and taught him so many things other coaches hadn't. Highly recommended!!

Both of my children adore Coach Poncho. He is task and skill oriented while being motivational and encouraging. Could not ask for any better in a coach.

Excellent coach! He's great with kids and very patient as well. He is also very motivating and is genuinely interested in developing my son's skill-set.

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Our son had a great first session with Coach Poncho! Poncho provided him with some really good drills and was able to access where my son needed help the most and zero in on those areas. Most importantly my son had fun and can't wait to train with him again!

Fantastic drills and skills focus. I would definitely recommend coach Poncho.

Coach Poncho, was my first choice when looking for a coach. I had seen other ones, but felt he stood out, not because of his awesome track record, but had a feeling. Over a span of 3 months, I was able to rehab my injured ankle, lose weight, get quicker, and entirely improve my skill set while adding so many different movements to my Arsenal. I couldn't say anything better about this man, and have since left to school in another state. I still have sessions booked so when I return, I can continue seeing and being taught by him. Would highly recommend to anyone looking to enhance and truly better themselves as a player. Also, he's just a nice, relatable guy and is really easy going.

Zoë… Coach Poncho was really great. I learned a lot in one session and it's going to be great to learn more.

Coach poncho had a great way with my son and a good attitude. He is firm but also encouraging. My son had a great session with him

Coach Poncho was great. I can tell he has a real craft for the game. He didn't just rush through the workout. He took time to correct us & make sure we were doing it right. It was a great workout.

Coach Poncho was great!

We love coach poncho!!

What a great guy and a coach...my 10 year old is really benefiting from him....highly recommend him.

Poncho is hands down the best possible coach a basketball players with an ambition to get better can aspire to. His knowledge of the game is superb, his drills are creative and constantly challenging. He pushes you with his infectious positive energy. On top of that he is simply a wonderful human being to be around. I would recommend Poncho to anybody with a passion for basketball and a desire to get better and push their dreams forward.

Poncho is a very structured and thoughtful coach. He listens and watches attentively, then designs the right approach for the individual's needs.

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My son really enjoys working out with Coach Poncho and feels the training has helped his game in a very significant way!

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My family was visiting Los Angeles for 3 weeks in July and I wanted my 14 yr old to get some higher level instruction before going back home and playing in the fall leagues. Coach Poncho was what the doctor ordered. He may be one of the higher priced instructors on Coach Up but in this case, you get what you pay for! He not only knows the game, he can break it down, teach it and move a students along in a very short time.
Do yourself a favor....hire this guy and let him go to work! You will be glad you did. My son made some very meaningful strides in a very short time.

Thank you Coach Poncho!

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Coach Poncho is always very professional and yet friendly and enthusiastic. He sets up very creative drills so that my daughter is learning to play while having fun.

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Coach Poncho was great. After evaluating our son Nick's skill set, he designed a training session focused on several key areas that Nick could improve on. He kept the practice fun and lively and used every minute of it to develop Nick's game. I highly recommend coach Poncho to anyone who wants to improve their basketball skills.

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I thoroughly enjoyed my session with Coach Poncho. The session was perfect for my playing level. He is also a very encouraging coach with POSITIVE reinforcement, not negative. I will definitely continue to use him. Book him early because he is very popular!

Thank you Couch Poncho. I can see the improvement in Parsa`s basketball skills already.We highly recommend Couch Poncho for anyone.

My boys are really loving working with Coach Coach Poncho and their skills are undoubtedly improving.

Coach Poncho is awesome. After two sessions he is already teaching me drills that I haven't done before. He is very knowledgeable and attentive to the skills I need to make me a better player. I am really enjoying training with him.
Isaac

Poncho is amazing. Knows the game. Gives specific instruction. Great attitude that makes his tough drills fun to do. He worked with me and my 10 year old son and is great with all ages.

Great training sessions!

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Thanks coach. Great work today !

Poncho has been an amazing coach to my 9 year old and my 12 year old. He really gets them to work hard and push themselves. I've seen both of them improve exponentialy in the past few months. He's always on time and is available via text if schedules change. And most Importantly my kids think he's really cool. We were so lucky to find Poncho on Coachup!!

Wow!! Such a great motivator and all around coach. Knows the game inside and out, and will help anyone reach the levels they are seeking. Will deff be seeing you again!

I can see the improvement in Andy's basketball skills already. My wife & I are quite pleased.

Thank you Coach Poncho! So glad you will be working with Lyle. Expect great things from him as he progresses through the different stages in his basketball training through the combined efforts with you and Samaki

Poncho Hodges is amazing! We were in LA for just two weeks and my son had a basketball season starting as soon as we got back (to Australia) so we thought three one on one sessions couldn't hurt. The quality of Coach Poncho's drills and his insight into my son's play exceeded all our expectations. He is one helluva coach (and a very nice man) and we will go back to him any chance we get!

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Coach Poncho was great. I'm training at age 25 with 15 years of recreational ball experience and a basketball dream. He has put me through fundamental drills that are picking my game a part and taking it to another level. He's a good coach, i'd recommend him for anyone.

Coach Poncho trained my three daughters. He has a wonderful manner, excellent coaching techniques, and detailed methodology. As someone who has has worked at the highest level of professional sports for over 20 years, I would highly recommend Poncho to anyone seeking to improve.
We had a terrific experience

Andrew Demetriou

Australia

Coach Poncho is warm, friendly, intuitive, and encouraging. His drills are meaningful and effective. Coach Poncho has been coaching our 9 year old son for less than two months, and in this short time, we've seen amazing progress in his ball handling, and confidence. We highly recommend Coach Poncho!

Poncho was truly awesome!! We were in LA for the weekend, escaping the freezing temps in NYC, and decided to try a session with Poncho. He was prompt, so helpful about setting things up and the boys were off. My sons, 11 and 13, adored their lesson and it is simply AMAZING how many new skills they acquired in one session. They were very focused, because Poncho took them seriously and gave them confidence while still being able to tweak the parts of their skills that needed work. He is intuitive, a great player, patient and a ton of fun! When we are back in LA we will see him again!

I just had a training session with coach Poncho. What I have trained is dribble the ball, move + retrieve + attack and other fundamentals. Coach indicated my small defects, I learnt a lot from him. Good coach!

Coach Poncho is by far the best basketball coach my kids have had. His techniques with my 7 and 5 year old made an immediate impact on their game. I'm glad I found Coach Poncho to train my boys how to play the game of basketball at an early age. Can't wait to see how they progress over time. I would definitely recommend Coach Poncho.

Worked with Coach Poncho for the first time today and I was really impressed. He was able to cater the drills for our skill level and build a solid foundation to coach from. Not to mention, he's a really cool guy that keeps

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Coach Poncho is Awesome. My son, 11years old, loves him SOOO much. He kept encouraging him during a whole lesson and gave him courage and great motivation.
We deeply appreciate his warm and big heart !! Thank you very much for your heard work!!

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Brilliant!

My daughter loved the session. Thank you, Coach Poncho!

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coach poncho has been a delight to work with for both myself and my son, i am a middle aged man that needed a refresher on how to "finish" Poncho got right to it with me and boiled down a few basic things i wasn't doing, in addition he has intertwined more drills to improve footwork, eye-hand coordination, and stamina. My son is 12 years of age and has responded very well to coach poncho as well, in fact we share a workout session! I highly recommend coach Poncho for all ages genders and skill levels!

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Coach Poncho is an amazing addition to our son's basketball life. He is a wonderful balance of discipline and fun, and his focus seems always to be on progress not perfection. This message is well received by our son who has not only grown in confidence but in skill in such a short period of time. Coach Poncho focuses on repetition of techniques so that our son is comfortable with the fundamentals of the game. This kind of foundation has given our son a lot to work with when he's practicing by himself. Coach Poncho is also very attentive and gives great feedback which allows our son to understand areas where he may need to improve. He is patient and genuinely enthusiastic while coaching our son. We are completely confident in his ability to help our son reach his potential in this sport.

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Coach Poncho is simply amazing!
Both my sons train with him and for children who never held a basketball...to see them now, is simply remarkable. Their progress after each session is very noticeable. Coach Poncho is very professional, supportive, patient and has a great sense of humor. My boys have so much fun with him and his positive and constructive feedback, after each session does so much for their confidence. Thank you!

Coach Poncho works with my 9-year-old daughter on basketball. She really enjoys her lesson because Coach Poncho is very encouraging, positive and fun. Coach Poncho teaches her various tactics in playing basketball. My daughter learns new techniques every session. I see the progress my daughter makes every time she takes lesson with Coach Poncho.

Coach Poncho is great! His training sessions are informative, intense and fun all at the same time. If you're willing to put in the work, your game will grow in ways you never thought possible with Coach Poncho.

Highly recommend Coach Hodges if you seriously want to improve your game! He keeps you motivated and pushes you to become a better ball player!

Coach Poncho is a very experienced, skilled, and motivational coach. He will equip you with the tools you need mentally and physically to get you to the next level. He will keep the energy level up throughout the training and if you put in the work, you will feel more confident before you know it

Coach Poncho's basketball training is very enjoyable & highly effective as: 1) It is structured - we do specific drills on ball handling, movement, dribbling, etc as opposed to randomly playing with tips here and there (using athletic ladders, cones, tennis balls) 2) He pushes and motivates you as you run the drills and provides key insights on how to improve as opposed to just standing around 3) He stresses basic fundamentals as opposed to just shooting These all lead to me seeing big improvements in a short-time over the course of the last 2-3 weeks. More importantly, it has been fun and I see improvements in my stamina~ I plan to continue the lessons as long as possible".
Poncho has been my son's basketball trainer, and since going to him, I have seen huge improvements in my son's skills. He challenges my son to work harder and improve. My son is always so excited to go to his practices. One of the things that I really like about Coach Poncho is that he not only cares about basketball, but he cares about my son. An example is that my son was in the finals in a basketball game and Coach Poncho surprised him and came to his game. That alone tells you what kind of guy he is.
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