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February 25, 2017
With both the Winter CYO and HS seasons coming to an end, the Bulldogs are proud and excited to announce the start of Bulldogs 2017. 2017 will be our 21st season developing players and having fun in the tri valley. As always, we will run Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter sessions. The Spring and Summer sessions will both be 3 months long (Spring runs March through May / Summer runs June through August) while Fall will only be 2 months (September, October). Each session will include practice twice a week as well as play in the highly competitive MVP League. We will also have optional tournament play available.
Last year, we had 23 teams including 3 girls teams, 3 boys HS teams and 17 boys teams, 2nd to 8th grade. Because of gym time, this year we are setting a limit at 28 teams including our Elite Alpha Program. So for the first time in our 21 year history, we may not be able to take everyone. Once we reach our limit of 280 players, we will be forced to close registration. With that in mind, here are the details:
Bulldogs Basketball is open to Boys, 2nd grade to HS Varsity & Girls, 2nd to 8th Grade. We practice twice a week, mainly on Tuesday and Friday evenings at either Pleasanton MS or Harvest Park MS, both in Pleasanton. Our full practice schedule to the end of May, complete with times, dates and locations can be found on the calendar link on the left side of this page. League games will begin the weekend of March 4 & 5 with the regular season wrapping up the weekend of May 13 & 14 and playoffs the weekend of May 20 & 21. Then as always, we will be taking our top Boys and Girls teams to Reno for the JamOnIt Reno Memorial Day AAU Tournament, literally the largest basketball tournament in the world (1100 teams last year).
About the Bulldogs: We are a club basketball program with something for all levels of player. With that in mind, here is what we will be offering this Spring:
So, if you are interested in playing Spring Bulldogs, you can register right here online or you can do it in person at our next practice.
To signup online and make sure you get a spot now before we fill up, E-mail me for online registration instructions and I will walk you through the process. You can fill out your registration form here on this site and then make your payments via our PayPal online payment system.
*Note - If you opt to come signup at practice, please use the "Player Reg Form" link on the right side of the home page to fill our your registration form. Then bring that form with you to practice.
You know, there are a lot of ways to develop a player. Some like to spend their Spring and Summer traveling around to tournaments all over the state and even country, getting on airplanes, staying in hotels, renting cars, eating in restaurants and spending tons of money on things that don't make you a better player but do disrupt your entire family life back home. We take another route. We say find a team that plays great competition LOCALLY. Find a program with the best instruction around and with coaches that care about kids & helping them get better. Find a program that likes and wants to win but doesn't focus on winning youth basketball games as much as developing HS and maybe even college level basketball players. Find a program that plays the way the HS teams in your area play, with tough man to man defense and unselfish motion offense that will teach your kids the right way to play this great game. Find a program that really believes that Fundamentals First is the only way to teach the game. Find a program that pushes kids to play harder than they knew they could. Find a program that practices twice for every game played. And then stand back and watch your son or daughter get better. If you agree with our method of developing players, then the Bulldogs are the program for you.
BULLDOGS ALPHA ELITE PROGRAM BACK BIGGER AND BETTER FOR 2017
December 28, 2016
So 2017 will be the third year of our ALPHA program. 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.
For 2017, we plan to have at least 6 APHA teams, one per grade, 3rd to 8th grades. If the talent and interest is there, we may add 2nd ALPHA teams in a grade.
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.
Spring Practice Sched up on Calendar, See Link on Left
February 13, 2017
All of 0ur workout schedules are always available on this site at the "Calendar" link on the upper left side of the screen as soon as times are confirmed with the gyms. Currently, our 2017 Spring Signup & Player Evaluation dates as well as our Spring Practice Schedule through the end of May. Note, there are two or three more dates to be finalized but 95% of the schedule is confirmed and up on the site.
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.
Bulldogs 3rd, 6th & 8th Grade Teams Win Tourney Jan 7
January 10, 2017
The Bulldogs had 5 teams play in the WCBBA Saturday event on Jan 7, 2017 and went 9 & 3 overall with 3 teams going undefeated and winning their divisions. Our 2nd & 3rd grade boys team went 3 & 0 and won the 3rd/4th grade division. Our 6th boys went 2 & 0 winning the 6th/7th division and our 8th boys went 3 & 0 and won the 7th/8th grade division.
Pictured below are our 2nd & 3rd Grade Boys Champions. Left to right are Head Coach Rob Stubbs, Sid Chebolu, Derek Wu, Brandon Gao, Mehir Rao, Dilan Pearson, Jordan Land, Taylor Marcelo and Club Director Paul LeClaire. Not pictured is Nick Lee.
Pictured Below, our 8th Grade Champions: Front Row, L to R Phillip Mathews, Josh Heaverly, Derek Nassar and Rohil Saxena. Back Row, L to R Coach Rob Stubbs, Aiden Montalvo, Darien Stubbs, Evan McConnaughey, Thomas Nevin and Head Coach Pete Nevin.
No pic of the 6ths. Anyway, congrats to all. Great Job Guys!!!
CHECK OUT THE BULLDOGS ALPHA WORKOUT, FREE CONTENT FOR YOU
September 19, 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,
6 ALPHA Wins Two Tourneys on Back to Back Weekends
September 6, 2016
The Bulldogs 6 Grade ALPHA ELITE team went to Chabot College on Saturday August 27 and to Fallon MS in Dublin on Saturday September 3 (Labor Day) for two West Coast Basketball Tournaments and won both. Pictured below is the group that won at Chabot. In the Front Row are Luke Kim, Evan Lucero, Nick Tam and JJ Jamali. In the Back Row are Coach Alex Scocci, Jesse Huang, Kayhan Naik, Evan Lui, Avi Gupta, Shawn Yeom and Head Coach and Program Director Paul LeClaire:
The next weekend, Labor Day Weekend at Fallon MS in Dublin, our Championship team was, Front Row - Joe Gipson, Josh Lee, Nick Tam, Evan Lucero and JJ Jamali. In the back row are Coach Rob Stubbs, Shawn Yeom, Jesse Huang, Evan Liu, Kayhan Naik, Jack Buckley and Head Coach & Program Director Paul LeClaire. Great Job Guys!
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!!!
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
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