Developmental / Academy

The Developmental Academy will focus on skill instruction & training. Upward Stars Developmental Academies utilize the Master Coach approach. Coach Chris Patriarco scripts & directs the training. The Assistant Coaches then apply the drills to the skill level they are working with. This approach ensures that each player is receiving the best instruction that is tailored to their skill level. This also ensures that there is continuity in language & techniques that are taught. Our Developmental Programs are for athletes of any skill level and experience. These programs build and enhance an athletic foundation that will prepare each athlete for long-term success. There is a high focus on fundamentals, individual skill training, and motor skill enhancement. We recommend each athlete participate in a Developmental program before participating on a Travel Team.

  • Sugar Land Area - Spring Skills Academy - (Max 60 Players)

    Co-Ed - Grades 2nd-6th - (players will be split up according to age, skill and gender)

    Duration
    10 Weeks (Starting April 19th - June 21st) Every Friday 5-7 PM (20 Total training hours)
    Program Fee
    $345 (Use promo code: EARLY25 to get $25 off registration - available to first 15 to register) Max 60 Players. Every Player will receive a high-quality indoor basketball and an Upward Stars T-Shirt.
    Selection Process
    Day 1 each player will be evaluated on skill level and put in the appropriate group.
    Coach
    Master Trainer Coach Chris Patriarco & Certified Assistant Trainers/Coaches
    Practice Format
    Our Spring Skill Development Academy will break down the game of Basketball to a simple science. We will break down each technique(s) that mimic in-game moves. Everything from footwork, dribbling in movement, shooting in movement and off the dribble to more advanced moves like Up and Under's, Step Thru's, Step Backs and even Euro Steps. Every move and skill will be demonstrated and talked about in-depth so that players get a full understanding of why each move is important, how to use the skills and when to use them. This 6 week Academy will not only give your player(s) the skills to play better but also give them the knowledge of the skill breakdowns and ultimately give them the confidence to play smarter and truly have fun playing this amazing game called Basketball. (Bible verse that relates: Psalms 144:1 - Blessed be the Lord my Rock, Who trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle.)
    Important Additional Information
    Gym Address: 8800 W Sam Houston Pkwy S #107, Houston, TX 77099
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  • 3 vs 3 Summer League (Memorial Area) (Max 60 Players)

    Boys & Girls - Grades 2nd-6th (players will be split up according to skill level & Gender)

    Duration
    8 Weeks / Every Wednesday / Starting June 12th - July 31st (5-7 PM)
    Program Fee
    $265 Included weekly skill drills & games (Each player will receive 1 Upward Stars Reversible Jersey including shorts and an Upward Stars Shirt.) Use promo code EARLY25 for $25 off Registration Fee. Also if you register for both Spring Skills and Summer 3 vs 3 we will take $75 Off registration. Email coachchrisupwardstars@gmail.com for $75 Off promo code.
    Selection Process
    All players will be evaluated and placed in the proper age/skill bracket. Within each age/skill bracket there will be teams of three. All players will train & play each practice.
    Coach
    Master Trainer Coach Chris Patriarco & Certified Assistant Trainers/Coaches
    Practice Format
    Practice will be 1 night a week for 30 minutes and play games for 1.5 hours. Each practice night will consist of our skill development training but now the kids will play 3 vs 3 games. By the end of this 3 vs 3 programs, players are expected to have improved fundamentally related to dribbling, shooting and passing with both hands. With our 3 vs 3 formats, it allows us to directly carry over skill development in game play. During the program, they will learn essential 3 vs 3 concepts that work with 5 v 5 such as movement and scoring off the ball. Ultimately players get more touches with the ball and more involvement in actions. It’s a great way to teach primary 5 vs 5 scoring tactics and gameplay. We will have an End of Season "Day of Basketball" located at a centralized location. At this "Day of Basketball" there will skills contests, shooting contest and other basketball. It will be ALL players and coaches invited from all Houston area locations. Details to come. This will be a full "Day of Basketball", food, trophies and Fun.
    Important Additional Information
    Gym Address: Duchesne Academy School Gym 10202 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77024
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  • 3 vs 3 Summer League (West U Area) (Max 60 Players)

    Boys & Girls - Grades 2nd-6th (players will be split up according to skill level & Gender)

    Duration
    8 Weeks / Every Thursday / Starting June 13th - August 1st (5-7 PM)
    Program Fee
    $265 Included weekly skill drills & games (Each player will receive 1 Upward Stars Reversible Jersey including shorts and an Upward Stars Shirt.) Use promo code EARLY25 for $25 off Registration Fee. Also if you register for both Spring Skills and Summer 3 vs 3 we will take $75 Off registration. Email coachchrisupwardstars@gmail.com for $75 Off promo code.
    Selection Process
    All players will be evaluated and placed in the proper age/skill bracket. Within each age/skill bracket there will be teams of three. All players will train & play each practice.
    Coach
    Master Trainer Coach Chris Patriarco & Certified Assistant Trainers/Coaches
    Practice Format
    Practice will be 1 night a week for 30 minutes and play games for 1.5 hours. Each practice night will consist of our skill development training but now the kids will play 3 vs 3 games. By the end of this 3 vs 3 programs, players are expected to have improved fundamentally related to dribbling, shooting and passing with both hands. With our 3 vs 3 formats, it allows us to directly carry over skill development in game play. During the program, they will learn essential 3 vs 3 concepts that work with 5 v 5 such as movement and scoring off the ball. Ultimately players get more touches with the ball and more involvement in actions. It’s a great way to teach primary 5 vs 5 scoring tactics and gameplay. We will have an End of Season "Day of Basketball" located at a centralized location. At this "Day of Basketball" there will skills contests, shooting contest and other basketball. It will be ALL players and coaches invited from all Houston area locations. Details to come. This will be a full "Day of Basketball", food, trophies and Fun.
    Important Additional Information
    Gym Address: Crosspoint Church 4601 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, TX 77401
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  • 3 vs 3 Summer League (Champions Forest Area) (Max 60 Players)

    Boys & Girls - Grades 2nd-6th (players will be split up according to skill level & Gender)

    Duration
    8 Weeks / Every Monday / Starting June 10th - July 29th (5-7 PM)
    Program Fee
    $265 Included weekly skill drills & games (Each player will receive 1 Upward Stars Reversible Jersey including shorts and an Upward Stars Shirt.) Use promo code EARLY25 for $25 off Registration Fee. Also if you register for both Spring Skills and Summer 3 vs 3 we will take $75 Off registration. Email coachchrisupwardstars@gmail.com for $75 Off promo code.
    Selection Process
    All players will be evaluated and placed in the proper age/skill bracket. Within each age/skill bracket there will be teams of three. All players will train & play each practice.
    Coach
    Master Trainer Coach Chris Patriarco & Certified Assistant Trainers/Coaches
    Practice Format
    Practice will be 1 night a week for 30 minutes and play games for 1.5 hours. Each practice night will consist of our skill development training but now the kids will play 3 vs 3 games. By the end of this 3 vs 3 programs, players are expected to have improved fundamentally related to dribbling, shooting and passing with both hands. With our 3 vs 3 formats, it allows us to directly carry over skill development in game play. During the program, they will learn essential 3 vs 3 concepts that work with 5 v 5 such as movement and scoring off the ball. Ultimately players get more touches with the ball and more involvement in actions. It’s a great way to teach primary 5 vs 5 scoring tactics and gameplay. We will have an End of Season "Day of Basketball" located at a centralized location. At this "Day of Basketball" there will skills contests, shooting contest and other basketball. It will be ALL players and coaches invited from all Houston area locations. Details to come. This will be a full "Day of Basketball", food, trophies and Fun.
    Important Additional Information
    Gym Address: Champions Forest Baptist Church 15555 Stuebner-Airline Rd Houston, TX 77069
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