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August 27, 2016
Fall signups are happening now. We had 24 teams in the Spring, 17 in the Summer and I would imagine about 12 to 14 teams for Fall. We hope to have 2 to 3 Boys HS teams (incoming 9th to 12th graders) and about 10 boys Grade School teams (2nd to 8th Grades), all separated by Grade and skill level. We also hope to have 2 girls teams, 4th to 8th grade. So if your looking for a fundamentals based program with great coaching & great competition for the next few months, please read on.
ABOUT FALL BULLDOGS - Fall Bulldogs is a 2 month session where we practice twice a week on weeknights in the Dublin / Pleasanton area and play 8 to 10 league games on the weekends (between Sept 10 and Oct 30) in the Walnut Creek area.
PRAC SCHEDULE - For Fall, we will practice twice a week. We have time confirmed with the cities in both Pleasanton and Dublin to the end of October. The schedule is posted on the Calendar Link on the left side of this page.
So there you go, we have space in most every grade but our current summer players will start taking these limited slots soon. So if you want to play, I recommend you join now so you can secure your roster slot and start practicing twice this week. If you do want to join, please shoot me an email at PGLeClaire@comcast.net and I will get you all the information. Thanks and hope to see you on the hardwood soon,
BULLDOGS RE-NEWED COMMITMENT TO TEACHING, THIS IS GONNA BE A GAME CHANGER
July 22, 2016
We have always prided ourselves on being what we call "a teaching program". Well going forward, we are taking that a step further.
When players come to play with us, we will ask each parent and player, "What are your goals? How good do you want to be?". To me, the possible answers are:
Now understand, there is no wrong answer. Whether you want to play in college or just want to play and just have fun, it is OK. But based on your answer, we can tailor your child's program accordingly. Don't get me wrong. We will never promise a player, "do this and you will play in HS or College". If someone tells you that, they are lying to you. To me, college basketball is about 80% body and natural athleticism and 20% work/skill level. HS is about 50/50. (By the way, I think the NBA is about 98% body and athleticism and 2% skill. There are a lot of highly skilled guys out there that just don't have the body for the NBA.) So to get to those levels, you have to have the body (big with long arms), the coordination (great hand - eye coordination) and the athletic ability (run fast, jump high) but if you have that, we can help with the skill set.
Anyway, if your a player that wants to play in College or HS, we are going to put you with our more serious kids (our ALPHA program). But we are going to ask more of you. What I mean is, we have had over 60 players come through our program and go on to play in College. So we know what those guys did to get there. Along with the body and natural athleticism, they all worked on their game literally every day. So we have designed a workout book for our players to copy what our most successful players did. Here is a link to the workout (under the Handouts link to the left) :
We will ask players on this track to do the workout at least 5 days a week (every day if possible) and log it in their workbook. Then they will bring their books to practice to show us what they have done. I promise you, any player that does the work will improve dramatically over 8 months. What I am saying is, for the serious player, we will help them max out their skills set so they can max out what they were born with.
Note, for the player that just wants to have fun and get a little better, we have a program for them too. For those kids, they will come to practice twice a week, they will get great instruction, they will learn a ton and they will play games on the weekend. We will teach and be positive, as we are with all our kids. But we wont ask for as much in the off time from the player that just wants to have fun and learn.
Anyway, I am as excited about this as anything we have ever done. We are going to start this program right now but I almost can't wait for next February to start a new year and see how good kids can get over 8 months of this expanded program, basically doing what my son and his best friend (Paul Jr & Javier, the first 2 Bulldogs) did from 2nd grade to 12th. Thanks and I hope to see you soon,
2016 4th Girls take 3rd in Reno
June 1, 2016
Like every year for the last 15 years, we took about 10 teams up to Reno for the Reno Memorial Day AAU Event. This tournament has become the largest tournament in the world and this year, our 4th grade girls took 3rd place. Great job Girls!!!
Pictured below are : Coach Stevon Jones, Sasha Jones, Madeline Rice, Ashley Haar, Mridula Kumar, Anika Parkhi, Jeia So, Morgan Overton and Coach Paul LeClaire. Great Job Everyone!!!!!
2016 5th Grade Boys win Spring MVP League
June 1, 2016
Congrats to our 2016 Spring Boys Silver team on the Spring MVP League Championship. Pictured below are (Left to Right): (Front Row) Jackson Woodruff, Jathen Gadis, Jesup Byun, Gavin Adams (Back Row) Coach Jermaine Gadis, Shloke Suri, John Leyves, Kevin Ellis, Shawn Yeom, JJ Jamali and Coach Paul LeClaire. Great Job Guys!!!
August Prac Sched up on Calendar, See Link on Left
August 18, 2016
Our workout schedules are always available on this site at the "Calendar" link on the upper left side of the screen. Currently, the practice schedule for August is up. Our schedule for Sept and Oct is still being negotiated with the cities. As soon as that is finalized, it will go up also
So, if you want to come check us out to possibly join one of our Competitive teams or our skills workouts, have a look at our schedule on the calendar and see what works for you. The schedule will tell you where and when your grade works out. Then shoot Coach LeClaire an e-mail at PGLeClaire@comcast.net telling him you want get signed up. Once you do that, he will make sure you get all the info you need. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you on the hardwood soon.
6th & 7th Alpha Teams Both Win Summer Championships
August 6, 2015
Congrats to our 6th and 7th Grade Alpha teams. They both won Summer MVP League Championships over the weekend.
Pictured Below is our 6th Alpha Team:
1st Row - Isaac Kang, Zach Agnarayngay, Ashan Fernando and Jordy Hendra
2nd Row - Coach Javier Valverde, Abe Tabatabian, Mason Romant, Michael Temprano, Evan Barnhouse and Club Director Paul LeClaire
7th Alpha is pictured Below:
1st Row - Bernard Lee, Payton Schuh, Jordy Hendra, Jake Tjan & Josh Heverley
2nd Row - Coach Rob Stubbs, Pratham Shah, Ani Nimmagadda, Darian Stubbs, Evan McConnaughey, Luke Castro, Head Coach Paul LeClaire and Asst Coach Aiden Stubbs
Congrats to one and all. Great Season Guys
BULLDOGS ALPHA ELITE PROGRAM BACK BIGGER AND BETTER FOR 2016
October 26, 2015
So this year, we started our ALPHA program with great success. Alpha is our Elite program for the most skilled, most committed players in our program. Alpha is an all inclusive program that requires an 8 month commitment, from late February to the end of October. We practice twice a week and play the MVP Spring, Summer and Fall leagues. We also do about 5 tournaments including Reno over Memorial Day Weekend.
This year, we had four Alpha teams, a 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th grade boys teams. For 2016, we plan to have five teams, 4th to 8th grades. If the talent is there, we may add 3rd and 9th grade Alpha groups as well. We may even add a 2nd Alpha team in a couple of grades if demand is there.
So what makes these teams different from other year round or elite programs? Well, Alpha is an 8 month program, not 11 or 12. So we won't ask you to choose between us and your CYO team. Rather, we encourage our players to play CYO. We do Alpha tryouts and start practice in late Feb and go to the end of October so players can do both, Bulldogs Alpha and CYO with no conflict. The catch is, to be selected for the ALPHA team in your grade, we need an 8 month commitment from you. We aren't interested in re-forming these teams every 3 months. We want the continuity you get from playing together for an extended period.
Someone called me yesterday and said "Is this a shift in philosophy for your program?". No, not at all. We will still play man, run motion and focus on fundamental skill development and building smart, hard nosed, tough players that play hard and have great attitudes. Our goal will still be to help our kids improve and make their HS and hopefully, maybe college teams some day. And we will still have White and Blue teams that play the four sessions of the year. This is just a way for the player more committed to basketball to be with a group that feels the same way.
7 Red Wins Spring MVP League Championship
June 3, 2015
Congrats to the 7 Red team. They won the Spring MVP League Championship Sunday May 31st. It was a great, hard fought game against 50 All Stars. The All Stars actually lead most of the game by as many as 16 points. But the Bulldogs made a furious 4th Quarter run and took their first lead of the game on a Scotty Grier 3 point shot with a minute to go. Two baskets later, they were up 5 and won the game. Congrats guys.
Pictured Below are : (Back Row) Coach Paul LeClaire, Dylon Chan, Ethan Vuong, Justin Fuller, Satya Kathineni and Head Coach Stevon Jones / (Front Row Kneeling) James Roque, Daniel Lim, Jake Banich and Scotty Grier. Not pictured are Cameron Jensen and Tushar Mehta. Great Job guys.
5th & 8th Grade Boys Both Win WCBB Spring Tourney
May 3, 2015
Congrats to both our 5th & 8th grade boys. Both went to the West Coast Basketball Spring Tourney and won their respective divisions. Pictured Below are our 8th Boys. The Back row is Jake Martin, KJ Kaya, Omari Rutledge, Wes Williams, Brian Danridge, Jaden Evans and Coach Tayo Oguns. Front Row, Richard Chen, Calvin Kamson, Cooper Eastman and Brandon Leal. Not pictured is Michael Danridge. Great Job Guys! (Pic of the 5th Boys coming soon)
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
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
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
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