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Final Summer Skills Clinic Friday, Space Available for you to "Drop In"
7 Red wins WCBBA Spring Tourney
Full Sched Up Inc 1st 2 Months of Summer 2014, See Calendar Link on Left
New and Copy Cat Clubs
The BULLDOGS NOW TAKE CREDIT & DEBIT CARDS WITH PAY PAL
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FALL TEAMS FORMING NOW, SIGN UP TODAY & START PRACTICING THIS WEEK

August 28, 2014

The Bulldogs Summer League play just wrapped up with 5 of our 12 teams making the playoffs and the 7th Grade Team winning an exciting league championship (congrats guys) against Peidmont.  With that in mind, the Bulldogs Basketball Fall Session officially starts Sept 1 but if you plan to join and you want to sign up now, you can start practicing this week at no extra cost.  That's 2 extra workouts at no extra cost to you.  

So what is included in the Fall program?  Well, for Fall we will practice twice two weeknights per week for Sept and Oct  We will also play an 8 to 10 game league season on the weekends that starts the weekend of Sept. 13-14 and goes to the last weekend in October.  

Special Offer for Early Signups - Now, as I said, Fall is a 2 month program but, if you want to sign up now, we will let you start practicing with our Summer teams this week at no extra cost.  That means if you start tonight, Thursday the 28th, you can practice with us tonight at Harvest Park and come to the Skills Workout tomorrow night (Friday) at Hart at no extra cost.  If you know you want to play, I suggest you take advantage of this special offer and get 2 great extra workouts with great coaching this week.  This is one of the best deals we offer all year.

Does Fall Interfere with CYO?  NO.  I was a CYO Athletic Director for 15 years and know their calendar intimately.  CYO does signups in August, tryouts in September, starts practice in October and doesn't start league games until the first weekend in November.  We finish the last weekend in October, they start the first weekend in November.  So our Bulldogs Fall Session will take you right up to the start of your CYO League play but wont conflict.

Does Fall Interfere with HS Basketball? NO.  Per CIF rules, HS tryouts start the 2nd Monday in November.  For Sept & Oct on the HS campus, Football is King.  Most HS teams if they do anything at all might just do open gym which is just something to keep kids hand on the ball.  It provides no coaching, no structure and no league games.  Our HS guys have a tremendous advantage at tryouts in that they have been practicing twice a week and playing highly competitive games on weekends all the way up to their HS tryouts.  That's one of the reasons so many of our HS guys make HS teams.

Early signups will be strong for this session.  At this point, it looks like we will have 11 teams for Fall from 3rd to 8th grade boys plus a HS boys and a HS Girls teams.  As always, the teams will fill up fast. But we do have limited space available in pretty much every grade.  So, if you are interested joining the top club in the Tri Valley, contact Coach LeClaire (PGLeClaire@comcast.net) ASAP and take advantage of the extra practices he is offering for signing up this week. He will get you out to practice right away for an evaluation and we can go from there. Thanks and I hope to see you all on the floor with the Bulldogs soon,

PL

Final Summer Skills Clinic Friday, Space Available for you to "Drop In"

August 25, 2014

There is just one more session left in our popular Week Night Skills Offensive Skills Workouts. The program focuses on fundamental skills that are tough to spend much time on in practice.  In a typical team practice, a coach has to focus on team skills, team offense, team defense etc if he wants to compete in games.  It makes it tough to find enough time to simply work on the fundamental skills all players need to become players.  Because of that, we brought back our Weeknight Skills Clinic.

Here is what the Weeknight Skills Clinic is.  At each workout, we spend the first hour working on shooting, shot technique and breakdown and shooting on the move, game shots at game speed.  The second hour, we do live 1 on 1 / 2 on 2 / 3 on 3 and if time permits, 4 on 4 play.  This progression teaches players the right way to play by building up from the one on one game to the pick and roll game to the pass and cut or screen away game to finally, putting it all together in the team game.

So who is this clinic for?  Its for every player out there, from the elite player to the rank beginer.  No matter your skill set, this workout if for you.  And you don't have to be a Bulldogs player to attend. You could be with another club and just want some extra work on your personal skill set.  Or maybe your a HS player that wants to do a little more than his or her teammates to move up the depth chart.  Maybe your a CYO or MS player and you just want to get ready for CYO or MS tryouts in September.  Lastly, maybe you are one of our guys, a Bulldogs player, and you just want to do a little more.

When I started doing these workouts, people told me, "Paul, parents want to see more advanced, flashier moves. You need to get with the times and do what they want". I thought long and hard about it. Frankly, I really struggled with it. You see, I do want to make you all happy but in the end, I can't do what I know is wrong, even if everyone wants it. I have to stick to what I know is the right way to teach your kids to play. And that isn't to be flashier. Rather, it is to be more fundamental.

When you face a player that runs like a deer and can jump out of the building, you don't need to match him in those skills. Frankly, most kids probably can't, so why try. Rather, what you need to do is beat him with fundamentals. Get low in a stance and pressure him. Force him one way and then beat him there. Body up, don't be soft. Box him out HARD on every shot. Show him you aren't intimidated because you have great fundamental skills to fall back on and you can beat him with those. When you get the ball, use your jab step and up fake to create space to get by him or get your shot off. Again, be more fundamental, not less. That is how you compete with the superior athlete, it is what will get your kids on a HS roster and it is what we will focus on in our 2 hour workout.

The final workout is in Pleasanton from 6 to 8 PM, Friday August 29 @ Hart MS.  So, there is 1 workout left in the program so join now and kick the rust off your game.  If you are interested, you can come to the workout and pay the $30 single workout drop in fee.  Let me know if you are interested in coming out and I will send you the forms and all the pricing info to get you signed up.  Thanks and I hope to see you all on the Hardwood with us.

7 Red wins WCBBA Spring Tourney

May 3, 2014

Congrats to our Bulldogs 7 Red Team. They went out to Chabot College in Hayward this weekend and won the West Coast Basketball AAU Tournament.  Great job guys!  Pictured below are (from left to right) : Head Coach Tayo Oguns, Richard Chen, Brandon Leal, Calvin Kamson, Austin Jones, Justin Sherrod, Nathan Williams & Adam Cesana.  Next it is Spring League Playoffs and then off to Reno for the Memorial Day Tourney, AKA, the Largest AAU Tournament in the World.

 

7 Red Wins MVP Summer League Championship

August 4, 2013

Another great Summer Session is winding down and some special congrats need to go out.  This summer, we had 12 teams in the highly competitive MVP Summer league, 5 made the playoffs, 2 got to the Championship and one team won it all, our 7th grade Red team.  Congrats on a great season guys.


Pictured Below:

Back Row : Club Director and Coach Paul LeClaire, Eric Waltz, Grant Manning, Nathan Dean, Omari Rutledge and Head Coach Tayo Oguns

Front Row: Richard Chen, Mitchell Payne, Adam Cesana, Calvin Kamson

Not Pictured : Brandon Leal and Nathan Williams

 

8 Red Wins Reno Memorial Day Event

June 1, 2013

The Bulldogs took 8 teams up to Reno for the "JamOnIt Reno Memorial Day Event" this year (the single largest basketball tournament in the world) and had a great weekend.  In total, the club went 24 & 10 with four teams taking 3rd place, our 3rd graders losing in the Championship game to a great team out of Washingon and taking 2nd place and our 8th grade Red team winning the whole thing.  Congrats to all the teams we brought up.  You all did great.  But special congrats go out to the Spring Bulldogs 8th Grade Red team.  Great job guys.


Pictured Below:

Back Row - Head Coach Mike Allen, Tommy Faustka, Trevor Leathley, Club Director Paul LeClaire

Front Row - Jake Dean, Nick Clark, Gautam Divikar, Goose Persin, Justin Allen, Alex Castillo

 

2013 Bulldogs 8 Red, Reno Mem Tourney Champs

Full Sched Up Inc 1st 2 Months of Summer 2014, See Calendar Link on Left

April 26, 2014

Our full schedule is available on this site at the "Calendar" link on the upper left side of the screen.  Our Spring Skills Clinics as well as our full Spring and the 1st two months of Summer practice schedules are up now.  We should have the August prac schedule confirmed with the city and up in the next few weeks.

So, if you want to come workout with us or sign up to play the rest of Spring as well as Summer Ball with us, have a look at our practice schedule and then shoot Coach LeClaire an e-mail at PGLeClaire@comcast.net telling him you want check us out or join. He will then make sure you get all the info to get signed up. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you on the hardwood.

PL

The BULLDOGS NOW TAKE CREDIT & DEBIT CARDS WITH PAY PAL

We are proud to announce that the Bulldogs have added PayPal to our site. This means if you have a PayPal account you can use that to pay any and all your session, tournament or uniform fees with. The exciting thing about this is that even if you don't have a PayPal account, you can use your credit or debit cards on this system. That means if you want to spread your payments out over a couple of months, you can now do that by simply using your Visa, MasterCard, AmEx etc. and paying it off over as it fits your budget.

The PP system is password protected so, if you want to use this system, call us or shoot us an e-mail saying you want to register with PP. Once you do that, we will guide you through our pay center and it's simple to use system.

New and Copy Cat Clubs

It seems there are a lot of new clubs popping up out there and I wanted to make you all aware of what's happening. If you are looking to join a club, there are plenty of good, reputable groups you can join, including this one. That said, you really need to educate yourself. With that in mind, it seems there are a couple of categories to these new groups you may want to be ware of:

1) Out of Towner's - These are the guys that see the Eastbay and mainly the Tri Valley as a place they can swoop in and either find some great local athletes or make a few easy bucks. They are probably guys that don't live here. Just come into the valley to coach. That's not us. We are local and are involved in our community. We coach CYO, we coach local HS and JC teams, we help out with all youth sports in the area. We support the tri valley and the local HS teams and they support us. We are you and you are us.

2) Ex Bulldogs - More than a few copy cat clubs have popped up of late. These are guys that used to have kids in our club, see what we do and think this is some sort of "plug and play" system we have developed that they can just go copy. It isn't. I coach 300+ games per year. I go to College Clinics. I meet with local HS and College coaches to make sure we teach what they value. I have had 27 Bulldogs play at the college level and hundreds in HS. This is what I do. Just because someone has watched what I/we do and tried to copy it, doesn't mean they can. Talk about copy cats, there is actually one new club out there that took my Introductory letter and basically read it verbatim on the front page of their website just inserting their name where it said Bulldogs. If they can't even write a letter on their own, how are they going to teach your kids anything???

3) The Disgruntled Dad - This is the guy that had a son that maybe didn't make our top team, so he got mad and left. And he didn't make the top team at the next team he went to, so he left again. And again and again and again. And finally, in an effort to put his son on the top team, he formed his own team and is trying to surround his son with talent. But when the team is formed, he will make sure his son is the PG, controls the ball and takes the majority of the shots. Truthfully, I have stood in huddles with my teams and said "Number "X" isn't their best player but his Dad is the coach so he is going to take the shot. Make sure we guard him." Anyway, this isn't us. In fact, my son doesn't play any more, he coaches with us. I don't have a son on a team so when I put kids on teams at skill levels it is simply based on our staff's assessment of that players current skill set.

In the end, I keep hearing about fights and refunds being demanded and head guys stepping down or being run out and new guys taking over and off shoot clubs stealing players and starting their own things and all sorts of drama surrounding these organizations. Honestly, you don't get that with the Bulldogs. Here, there is no drama, no in-fighting, no attempted "Coup D'eta's". Just success in teaching, learning, growing and getting better as players & young people. We've been doing this for 15 years with great success and will do it for another 15. Remember, if you pay for an old Ford Pinto, you get an old Ford Pinto, and if you pay for a new Red, White and Blue Ferrari... Well, you get the idea.

Anyway, as I said, there are a lot of reputable clubs out there but some not so reputable. Do your homework and find the right place for your kids. And if you choose us, I am sure you will like the results. New clubs will come and go, we aren't going anywhere. Hope to see you on the hardwood soon,

Coach LeClaire

9 Red Wins Reno PNAAU Memorial Day Tourney

June 10, 2012
Congrats to 9 Red. They went up to Reno, NV for the highly competitive PNAAU Memorial Day Tournament and won their division. Pictured is the team with their families. The players and coaches are (back row of team) Coach David Persin, Ryan Costelli, Justin Weir, Steven Good, Nick Gilfillan, Wyatt Hanie, Coach Paul LeClaire. Front row of team, Zach Sigl, Colorado Bralts, Tyler Senna, Tournament MVP Tanner Wiese, Sam Persin and Goose Persin. Congrats guys, great job!

BULLDOGS 8th GRADE WINS MVP/SOLDIERS SPRING CLASSIC IN HAYWARD

May 10, 2012
Congrats to the Bulldogs Spring 8th Grade Select Team. They went out to the MVP/Soldiers Spring Classic at DreamCourts in Hayward CA and won the whole thing. Pictured are:

SECOND ROW - Cole Morrell, Miles Colwell, Coach David Persin, Blake Braden & Austin Weller.
FRONT ROW - Goose Persin, Ryan Day, Michael Wan, Jordan Gilmete & Krish Sharma

Not pictured, Michael Climent

GREAT JOB FELLA'S! You made us proud.

BULLDOGS 5th GRADE WINS 2011 FALL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

November 1, 2011
Congrats to the Bulldogs 5th Grade Boys. They just won the MVP 5th Grade Fall league. The boys took 2nd place in the regular season, beat a good SportStrong team in the semi Finals and then beat Flight Elite in the finals to win the Championship. Great job guys.

Pictured Left to Right:
Back Row - Coaches Paul LeClaire, Tayo Oguns & Truc Tran
Middle Row - Wes Williams, Adam Cesana, Calvin Kamson, KJ Kayacan & Devin Krywe
Front Row - Tyson & Mitchell Payne, Brandon Leal, Jason Tran, Jacob Galvin & Yi Chang Kang

7 Red Wins 2011 Summer League Championship

Congrats to the Bulldogs Summer '11 7th Grade Red Team. They won the highly competitive MVP Summer League Power Championship. WAY TO GO FELLA'S! Pictured below:

Back Row: Coach Paul LeClaire Sr, Alex Castillo, Nick Lievre, Cameron Norfleet, Ken Tang and Coach Eric Bell
Front Row: Dan Newman, Goose Persin, Jaylen Dempsey, Jason Nugent and Mekhi Bell

2011 Spring 7 Red Wins Flight Division

June 1, 2011
Congrats to the Bulldogs 7 Red Spring 2011 team. They won the highly competitive Flight Division in the MVP Spring league

Pictured Left to Right: Ryan Day, Damon Wiley, Dillon Marks, Isaiah Floyd, Mitchell Briggs, Liam Steigerwald, Justin Catson,Blake Bradon, Jason Walsh, Michael Climent & Cole Morrell

Great Job guys!

8 RED WINS SPRING 8 POWER DIVISION

Congrats to the 8th Grade Red team. They ran through the MVP Spring League with a perfect 8 & 0 record and then won their 2 playoff games to combine a perfect Spring season with a league Championship. Way to go guys. Pictured left to right: Coach Paul LeClaire Sr., Sumner Houston, Anubov Murali, Kevin Silky, Kimo Maynard, Mason Farrell, Spencer Wood, Sean Anderson, Brandon Kirk, Jordan Farrell, Jassae Virk and Coach Paul LeClaire Jr."

The BULLDOGS ARE A YEAR ROUND BASKETBALL PROGRAM

The Bulldogs are a year round basketball program. We break our year into 4 segments or sessions. Spring (March through May), Summer (June through August), Fall (September - October) and Winter (November through January). Then we do tryouts for Spring in February and start again.

Here is the thing, while most folks join at the beginning of a session, you can join anytime. We simply pro rate your fees. You can also join mid session as a practice player, only coming to practice to get up to speed with what we do to get ready to play games with our highly competitive teams in the next session.

The bottom line is, if you want to be a Bulldog today, we can make it happen. Contact Coach LeClaire at PGLeClaire@comcast.net and he will help you figure out what is best for you right now.

Coach Negotiates Lower Equipment Costs

These days, we know money is tight for everyone. With that in mind, I went to our equipment suppliers and was able to negotiate some lower equipment costs for us that we want to pass on to you. It isn't much but it is something and as they say, "every little bit helps".

With this in mind, the new pricing will take place on all equipment orders going forward. I can't do anything on items already purchased because the club paid a higher price for that equipment and those costs have to be passed on. However, as your kids outgrow, wear out or lose stuff, these new prices should help everyone out.

Spring 10 & Under Red Team Takes 2nd in Reno

Congrats to the Spring 4th Grade Red team. They took 2nd place at the PNAAU Memorial Day Tournament in Reno Nevada. Great job fella’s.

Coaches – Stevon Jones & Paul LeClaire

Players (left to right) – Goose Persin, Jared Smart, Jessie Davis, Ryan Bartels, Timmy Falls, Will Leninger, Quinn Villanueva (kneeling), Tanner Wallace (black shirt), Jason Nugent & Jared Pagila

6-RED TAKES 2nd AT PNAAU RENO MEMORIAL WEEKEND EVENT

Congrats to our Bulldogs 6th Grade Red team on their 2nd place finish in the PNAAU Reno Memorial Weekend Classic. They played 5 games all over the greater Reno / Sparks area, loosing in the finals to a very good Charmichael Red Raiders team. Way to go guys! Pictured Left to Right - Coach Jeremy Braden, Teague Quinlan, Miles Colwell, Blake Braden, Ryan Day, Josh Dancy, Josh Lanos, Krish Sharma, Jeston Davis and Coach Jessie Davis

4 RED WINS MVP SPRING 4th GRADE LEAGUE

Congrats to the 4th Grade Red team. They were a perfect 8 & 0 in the highly competitive MVP Spring 4th Grade League. Then they kept their perfect season alive going 2 & 0 in the playoffs and winning the Championship. Way to go guys. Pictured left to right, Front Row: Nick Seto, Brandon Victoriano,Ryan Horgas,James Johnson,Justin Maislang and Robbie Kinnard.Back Row: Coach Paul LeClaire Sr.,Tyrique Owens, Jayden Gilstrap,Cole McMahon, Coach Paul LeClaire Jr. and Dillon Eplin"

Congrats Bulldogs 6th grade TourneyTeam!

Photo Top left Coach David, CJ Stafford, Marcus Acton, Coach Jeremy, Louie Arias III, Coach Louie
Second row Sam Persin, Tanner Wiese, John Dong, Blake Braden
Bottom Row Goose Persin, Michael Anastassiou


WAY TO GO TEAM!!!!!!! The 6th grade tournament team went 3-0 in the East County Boys & Girls Club 1st Annual Shootout on February 8th, winning 1st place while playing solid team basketball. Way to go guys!!!!!

A Year With The Bulldogs

We are so excited about the upcoming 2011 season. This year, we think we have something for everyone, from the player coming off the CYO, City League or HS season that wants to get a little to a lot better all the way to the player that wants to play for a serious, year round program.

For the player that wants to play one session a year because of your schedule or maybe you play other sports, our program fits your life. We have many kids play Spring or Summer only. We have other entire teams come in to take part in our Winter Workouts yet still stay together after Winter as a team.

However, for the elite player that wants the best, we feel our Red teams can give you what you need. If you were a Red team player that played Spring, Summer and Fall, your schedule would be Spring MVP league and Reno AAU Memorial Day event with 2 practices a week. For Summer, you would play the Summer MVP league and the West Coast Nationals in Vegas in Late July. For Fall, you would do the MVP Labor Day Event, play the fall MVP League and practice once a week. That is a total of 3 leagues, 3 tournaments, 45 games and about 70 practices. If that isn't enough high level basketball for you, I don't know what is.

Remember, we are a year round program meaning you can join any time to start preparing for the next league or tournament. You don't need to register at the beginning of a session. You could register today and we would simply prorate your fees and bring you in to start working out with the club to get you ready to play in games with us.

We believe the most important thing for the player interested in getting better is finding a great coach and sticking with that program. Playing tons of summer travel games, going to Nationals and Virginia and Houston and Vegas etc. is fun but it really isn't needed. You can find games here to get better at. Jumping team to team doesn't develop the player either. Great practice and good competitive games with great instruction in quality, fundamental basketball is the way to get better. We feel that is what we offer. I hope you want to give us a try.

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