- We are a year round program, there is room for you to JOIN THE BULLDOGS TODAY!
- We play Man 2 Man and run Motion. We do that to help our players reach HS Hoops & beyond
- We are commited to skill development and teaching. We want our kids be the smartest players around.
- Spring Session signups happening now. Signup today and play to the end of May
- Bulldogs Basketball has programs for Beginners all the way to the ELITE player.
WINTER SHOOTING CLINIC STARTS SUN NOV 11, SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS
WINTER SHOOTING CLINIC REG IS OPEN, TIMES & LOC BELOW AND ON CALENDAR
Winter Schedules Posted. See Cal Link on Left
All of our 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. With that in mind, our Full Fall Sched (to the end of Oct) as well as our Winter Sched (Nov, Dec and Jan) for both our Shooting Clinics and our Elite Team Practices are all up on the calendar now. The only thing left to get is 4 weeknights in Jan for our teams. But that should be finalized soon.
That said, we are allways adding practice and tourney info to our calendar so check back regularly for updates.
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 7 ALPHA Wins JamOnIt Reno Memorial Day AAU Tourney
The Bulldogs took 9 teams up to Reno over Memorial Day weekend. for the JamOnIt Reno Memorial Day Tournament, the Largest Basketball Tournament in the World. Three of our teams took 3rd place and our 7th Grade Boys Red team won the Gold Bracket of their division.
7 Red went 4 & 0 for the weekend with three 25+ point wins and a tough triple overtime victory over the Vikings out of Oregon.
Back Row, Coach Jeremy Braden, Nathan Hu, Jackson Braden, Sai Yakkanti, Javier Gross, Jason Ooi, Jessie Huang and Head Coach and Club Director Paul LeClaire
Front Row, Shawn Yeom, Evan Lucero, Kellen Torey, Nick Tam and Liam Yung
Great Job Guys!
Bulldogs ALPHA Elite Back Better Than Ever for 2018
So 2018 is the fourth 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 8 month long program (from late February to the end of October). We practice twice a week and play the MVP Spring, Summer and Fall leagues. ALPHA also gets 20 extra ALPHA Only practices (10 in Spring / 10 in Summer). ALPHA does about 5 tournaments including Reno over Memorial Day Weekend and this year for the first time, Las Vegas for the End of Summer Classic the weekend of July 20 to 22. Vegas will be a BIG step up for the program.
For 2018, we have 8 ALPHA teams, one per grade, 3rd, 5th, 6th & 8th grades and two teams in both the 4th and 7th grades. If the talent and interest is there, we can always add a 2nd ALPHA teams in that 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 you to commit to the full 8 month program or at least the balance of the program from when you join to the end of Octobeer. We aren't interested in re-forming these teams every 3 months. We want the continuity 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 receive the excellent coaching Bulldogs teams are known for.
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.
So 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,
Announcing the BULLDOGS NEW "PayPal.Me/EBBulldogs" PAYMENT LINK
We are proud to announce that the Bulldogs have added a new, much simpler to use addition to PayPal on our site. We have had our password protected "Payment Center" for years and that system is still active. With the Payment Center Link on the left side of the screen, you could make payments on specific items. But it isn't the smartest system in the world. To use it, you couldn't just put in the amount you wanted to pay and pay it. Rather, we had to build a button with a specific dollar amount for you to spend. And I had to walk you through the password section as well. Not too efficient.
Well we are very excited about the new feature PayPal has just added called "PayPal.Me". What PayPal.Me allows you to do is click the link and make a payment directly to us. The link is www.PayPal.Me/EBBulldogs. Just click the link and you can make a payment of any amount you choose. When you do, we will be notified immediately. FYI, You can also go to the "Link" section of the menu on the left and find the link to our PayPal.Me page there as well.
Now that said, our payment Center Link is still on the left side of this screen. If you prefer this system, you can use it. That said, it is password protected so, if you want to use that 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.
And as always, if you prefer, we take checks and cash as well. Thanks and see you at practice,
Bulldogs 5 Red Wins MVP Spring League Championship
Congrats to the Bulldogs Spring 5 Red team. They won the MVP League Spring Championship. The boys went 7 & 1 during the season. Won their first playoff game vs TTA (a 2 point battle) and then avenged their only loss of the regular season to the Soldiers, beating them by 15 in the Championship Game, Congrats guys. Pictured below are Back Row, Coach Jermain Gadis, Aaron Jalali, Nathen Bodensteiner, Jathen Gadis, Nick Germer, Gavin Halter and Club Director Paul LeClaire and Front Row, Miles Cruz, Jack Sayers & Tyler Mann. Not pictured are Elijah Johnson and Coach Stevon Jones. Great Job All!!!
Bulldogs 3rd, 6th & 8th Grade Teams Win Tourney Jan 7
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
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:
- Hope to play in College
- Hope to play in HS
- Hope to make a CYO A team
- Hope to play MS Basketball
- Want to learn & play and get a little better while having fun
- Just want to have fun
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
9 Red Wins Reno PNAAU Memorial Day Tourney
BULLDOGS 8th GRADE WINS MVP/SOLDIERS SPRING CLASSIC IN HAYWARD
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
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
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
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
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
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
6-RED TAKES 2nd AT PNAAU RENO MEMORIAL WEEKEND EVENT
4 RED WINS MVP SPRING 4th GRADE LEAGUE
Congrats Bulldogs 6th grade TourneyTeam!
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 2018 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, Summer and or Fall only. Whichever session fits their busy schedules. We have entire teams come in as a group to take part in our Skills and or Shooting Clinics yet still stay together after Winter as a team.
However, for the elite player that wants the best, that wants the "Year Round Elite Team Experience", we feel our ALPHA teams can give you what you need. Our ALPHA teams play in the spring, summer and fall MVP leagues at the highest levels. They also play in 3 or 4 local tournaments through Spring and Summer as well as do Reno over Memorial Day Weekend and the End of Summer Classic in Vegas in Late July. They get 20 extra "ALPHA Only" practices (10 in spring, 10 in summer) over and above the normal 2 practices a week all our teams do. That is a total of 3 leagues, 3 local tournaments, 2 travel tournaments (about 45 games in total) and about 90 practices over 8 months (March to end Oct). And if they want to do Winter, we have winter tourney teams available that they get at a discounted rate. Lastly, they get the upgraded ALPHA tournament uniform package as well. 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 with great instruction and good competitive games teaching 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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