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WEEKNIGHT SPRING SKILLS CLINIC, Coming in May, Details Below
Full Workout Sched to end July up on this Site, See Calendar Link on Left
BULLDOGS ANNOUNCE THE "ALPHA DOGS" ELITE PROGRAM
2015 Spring Reg Open Now, 2nd Grade to HS Var Boys & Girls, Limited Space Avail
New and Copy Cat Clubs
The BULLDOGS NOW TAKE CREDIT & DEBIT CARDS WITH PAY PAL
A Year With The Bulldogs

Weeknight Skills Clinic Starts May 4, Full Sched up on Calendar

CLUB PHOTO OF THE 2007 SPRING BULLDOGS

WEEKNIGHT SPRING SKILLS CLINIC, Coming in May, Details Below

April 2, 2015

The Bulldogs are about to start up another highly popular weeknight Skills clinic.  The program will be open to boys and girls, 1st grade to HS Varsity.  So if you want to work on your game and really get better, here are the details.

The Clinic consists of Ten workouts, each an hour and a half long.  At each workout, we warm up with some Dribbling work. Then we will move to the 4 finishing layups, both right and left hand.  We will work on shot technique and breakdown followed by shooting on the move.  We will do a passing/transition segment and a rebounding segment.  Then we will compete.  We will go 1 on 1, 2 on 2, 3 on 3 and finally 5 on 5 if time permits.  All in all, it is a great workout we have used for years to help us develop over 40 college players and literally hundreds of HS Players.

The schedule for this years Spring Skills Clinic will be as follows:

  • Mon 5-4, 6 to 7:30 PM @ Hart M
  • Mon 5-11, 6 to 7:30 PM @ Hart MS
  • Wed 5-13, 6 to 7:30 PM @ Hart MS
  • Mon 5-18, 6 to 7:30 PM @ Hart MS
  • Thurs 5-28, 6 to 7:30 PM @ Hart MS
  • Mon 6-1, 6 to 7:30 PM @ Hart MS
  • Wed 6-3, 6 to 7:30 PM @ Hart MS
  • Mon 6-8, 6 to 7:30 PM @ Hart MS
  • Wed 6-17, 6 to 7:30 PM @ Hart MS
  • Fri 6-19, 6 to 7:30 PM @ Hart MS 

By the way, another great thing about this program is, if your thinking about playing Summer with us, these workouts are a great way to see what we do and try it out.

So, if your interested, drop us a line and let us know. We will get you all the info and get you signed up if you like.  Simply contact Coach LeClaire at PGLeClaire@Comcast.net or 925-570-1334.  Remember, space is limited and this program will fill up so if you want to do it, get in touch and sign up today.

Thanks and hope to see you all on the hardwood soon,

PL

Full Workout Sched to end July up on this Site, See Calendar Link on Left

April 24, 2015

Our workout schedule is always available on this site at the "Calendar" link on the upper left side of the screen.  Currently, our Full Spring Practice Schedule is up.  Also our June and July Summer practices are up.  They will give me August on May 1.  Lastly, our upcoming Spring Weeknight Skills Clinic is up as well (10 dates in May and June).  Anyway, click on the day your interested in to see what time your grade goes.  

So, if you want to come workout with us and join one of our Skills based teams, have a look at our schedule, see if it works for you and then shoot Coach LeClaire an e-mail at PGLeClaire@comcast.net telling him you want get signed up. He will then make sure you get all the info to join. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you on the hardwood soon.

PL

BULLDOGS ANNOUNCE THE "ALPHA DOGS" ELITE PROGRAM

November 1, 2014

The Eastbay Bulldogs are proud and excited to announce the formation of the "ALPHA DOGS". The plan is to run one Bulldogs Alpha team for every grade 3rd to 8th grade, talent permitting. Each of these teams will have 10 to 12 players and will stay together for 8 months, Feb to the end of Oct. The Alpha Dogs will practice twice a week together as a group. As always, they will play at the highest levels of the MVP Spring, Summer and Fall leagues. We will also play the Reno Memorial Day tournament, the MVP Labor Day Event and do 2 other local tournaments.

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.  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.

So what makes these teams different from other year round or elite programs?  Well, we wont ask you to choose between us and CYO.  Rather, we will do tryouts and start practice in 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.

If the commitment for Bulldogs ALPHA is too much for you, the Bulldogs will still offer their traditional Bulldogs teams you have all come to know from us. Those teams will still play in the MVP leagues and still all recieve the excelent coaching Bulldogs teams are known for.

If you are interested in being considered for one of these Select teams, contact Coach LeClaire at 925-570-1334 asap to get on the tryout list. There will be an email going out in early January with all the details about the program.  Then, tryouts and practice will begin in February.  Hope to see you out there,

Coach LeClaire

2015 Spring Reg Open Now, 2nd Grade to HS Var Boys & Girls, Limited Space Avail

April 2, 2015

April is here and Spring Bulldogs have begun. That said, we have limited space available in all grades.  But its filling up fast so if you want to join, please contact Coach LeClaire at PGLeClaire@comcast.net  ASAP.  

If you want to join a team, we have room for the following right now:

  • HS Boys - 2 Game Players + Prac Positions Open
  • 8th Boys - Teams Full, Practice Positions Open
  • 7th Boys - 4 Game Players + Prac Positions Open
  • 6th Boys - 1 Game Player + Prac Positions Open
  • 5th Boys - Teams Full, Practice Positions Open
  • 4th Boys - Teams Full, Practice Positions Open
  • 3rd Boys - Teams Full, Prac Postitions Open
  • 1st & 2nd Boys - Teams Full, Practice Positions Open
  • Girls - Space for 2 Girls on Teams, 3rd through 8th Grades

So whats all that mean?  Well, we have 21 teams playing right now.  As you can see above, some grades have room for a couple of players and in some grades, the teams are full.  But that doesn't mean you can't join.  In a grade that needs players, you can sign up and be practicing twice a week and playing games on the weekends right now.  But if your grade is full, you can still join as a practice player.  Whats that mean?  As a practice player you would practice twice a week with us for the balance of spring (March, April, May) but not play games on the weekends.  Then, come Summer, you would be given returning player status giving you first crack at signing up and being on a team for summer.  This way, the next 2 months would be like a basketball camp for you, working on your game, learning our system etc so come June, when summer games start for you, you would be ready to go.

FYI, all our Spring Teams practice twice a week and play games in the MVP league on the weekends.  Our Select teams (Bulldogs ALPHA) will also do some limited tournament play.  This year, we have 21 teams for spring.  We have both Boys and Girls teams, 2nd grade to HS.  We always have multiple teams at every grade level so there are teams for all skill levels.  About the teams:

  • ALPHA Teams - Our Select teams are known as Bulldogs Alpha.  ALPHA is for the elite player that is really committed to basketball.  
  • White Teams - Our White teams are for the good club level player that might have outgrown his CYO team and wants to play with better players and better coaching to take his game to the next level.  
  • Blue Teams - And finally, our Blue teams are developmental teams for players learning the game looking to get better.  

FYI, there is no class system here.  All our teams will get the same great coaching with a focus on the fundamentals needed to grow your game.  All teams will practice twice a week and play games on the weekends in the highly competitive MVP league.  Our ALPHA teams will also do some limited tournament play including the Worlds Largest AAU tournament in Reno over Memorial Day Weekend.  

Signups - Online registration is open now.  Contact me for instructions.  For those that want to signup in person, we can bring you out to our next practice.  To see when we practice, click the Calendar link on the left side of the screen. 

Practice - Our full spring practice schedule is now confirmed and up on this website.  Just click our Calendar link on the left.  In fact, the first month of Summer (June) is up on the practice schedule as well.

Summer, Fall and Winter - For those of you that cant play Spring but want to play when your schedule permits, we will have a Summer session (June, July, Aug) that is much like Spring, 2 prac a week, games on the weekends.  For Fall, we go 2 months, Sept and Oct, again 2 prac a week, games on the weekends.  For Winter (Nov to Feb), we choose to let our players focus on CYO and HS Basketball so we just do skills clinics.  If your interested in any of these programs, just contact me.

So there you go, I hope to see you all at our next practice.  If you do plan to come out, shoot me an email so I can get you all the information.  And again, you can reach me at PGLeClaire@comcast.net.  Thanks and I hope to see you all soon.

Coach LeClaire

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

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.