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Coach Dave Taylor

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Coach Dave Taylor

 

Dave Taylor lives by one motto—adapt and overcome. It’s what’s led to 25 successful years of coaching at the division one collegiate level, inner city high schools and national basketball camps. And it’s this single idea that has helped him impact the lives of thousands.

Early on in Taylor’s life he was tasked with overcoming his own circumstances. Growing up in Southern Los Angeles, Taylor was told early on that if he wanted to go to college he’d have to find his own way. Determined to reach the university level he fueled his diligent work ethic through basketball, choosing to avoid the lures of drugs and alcohol by honing his craft. Taylor’s commitment to stay clean and focus on basketball resulted in multiple scholarship offers from division one schools with his loyalties inevitably going to the Air Force Academy.

Following a two and a half year stint at the Air Force Academy Taylor moved back to California where he received his master’s degree in Kinesiology at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Taylor began his coaching career by taking a job as head coach at Templeton High School where he took over an 0-17 team and led them to the final four of their division in only his second year with the program.

But the west coast couldn’t contain him for too long. After 5 years he went back to the Air Force Academy to be an assistant men's basketball coach of their Division I basketball team.  Taylor also coached their JV team, leading them to their only 20 win season in their history before being promoted to the #2 assistant. After four years at the Division I college level Taylor realized it was not the place for him. Run too much like a business, with wins coming before player development, he retreated back to coach high school ball with one goal in mind—impact lives.

While coaching at various high schools around California Taylor began getting involved with camps in the area. Impressed with his passion and commitment to youth development he quickly became a popular figure among the coaching community to the point where that is all he does now, run basketball camps around the world!

Coach Taylor is now INTERNATIONAL with events coming up in JAPAN, AUSTRALIA, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN in 2016!!  In 2015 Coach Taylor ran the NIKE ALL-TAIWAN NATIONAL BASKETBALL CAMP and will be making that an annual event.  Coach Taylor has  also been involved with a variety of national exposure camps including the Adidas National Superstar camp, the West Coast All-Star camps and the National Phenom camps. Taylor has also worked with the Los Angeles Clippers, Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Sparks.  

Coach Taylor also runs NCAA CERTIFIED BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS in Anaheim, California where he meets with the NCAA and hundreds of College basketball coaches.  He also runs basketball camps domestically in Connecticut, Hawaii, Florida, California, Oregon, Oklahoma City, Texas, Ohio, Massachusetts, and many other cities and possibly a city near you in the not too distant future.

Now Dave’s pursuit to positively impact lives through basketball and education has taken a new path with the Dave Taylor X-Factor camps, where he will be flexing his motivational muscles in his own camp forum. As Dave will tell you he’s never coaching basketball players but instead future politicians, lawyers and doctors. Only a select few have the opportunity to play at the pro level, but everyone has the chance to be the best person they can be. Taylor just wants to help them realize their own potential.

Here is a short list of some of the players that have attended one of the various camps Coach Taylor has run:

James Harden

Karl Anthony Towns

Klay Thompson

Paul George

John Wall

Anthony Davis

Jahlil Okafor

Stanley Johnson

Michael Kidd Gilchrest

Kyrie Irving

Julius Randle

Jrue Holiday

Lance Stephenson

Tony Wroten

Jabari Parker

Xavier Henry

Jared Dudley

Kendall Williams

Kyle Anderson  

Austin Rivers

Derrick Favors

Harrison Barnes

Jordan Clarkson

Glen Rice Jr

Peyton Siva

PJ Harrison

Shane Larkin

Shabazz Muhammad

Trey Burke

TJ Warren

Jordan Adams

Josh Selby

Bryce Alford

and about another 1500 Divison I, II and III players!

 
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BASKETBALL PHILOSOPHY!


Basketball Philosophy

 

Many different coaches have philosophies regarding basketball.  They develop these philosophies over their years of experience.  I too have developed a basketball philosophy over my 30+ years of basketball experience as a player, coach and administrator.

 

My overall philosophy with basketball is to teach life lessons through the sport!  My mentor, John Wooden, taught me many life and basketball lessons through my numerous private encounters with him and I adopted a majority of my basketball philosophies from him. 

 

Basketball is a sport that requires fundamentals!  I believe in teaching all the fundamentals of the sport, both offensively and defensively.  I want to change people's lives in a positive way in order to prepare them for life both on and off the court. 

 

I want a program that develops a player’s individual skill to succeed in the team format!  The program should run the same offensive sets, same offenses, the same out of bounds plays.  On defense, we only play man to man!  We teach the basic fundamentals of man to man and do not resort to lazy defensive zones.  This is what we do at all levels!  A uniform system for the kids to learn over the years.  We will not have these kids learn one system and then start over the following year.  We put all of our sets on this website for the kids to learn!  This allows the kids to review and study on their own time. We provide video analysis to the kids in the form of game film review that we send to the kids via email. Again, helping to assist in the kids’ basketball IQ and improve their performance.  

 

We play the game the right way!  We prefer to develop our players rather than win meaningless AAU games.  In the 10-15 year old divisions, we are about development.  We prefer losing to better teams rather than beating bad teams.  We believe in developing the players’ basketball IQ, not just his physical skills. 

 

My basketball philosophy is to prepare the kids for success on the court as future basketball players and off the court as successful community members.  My ultimate goal is to assist in the players’ development so much that those players that put out the necessary effort achieve enough basketball success that they receive attention from Universities in the form of potential athletic scholarships.

 

I take multiple teams to California to play in NCAA certified events in July in front of college coaches. This is a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity for these kids to showcase their talents in front of Division I, II and III coaches and the fact that I run these tournaments is of great benefit to our kids!  The rosters for our teams are chosen based on their academic performance in the classroom and an understanding of the game mentally, as well as physically. 

 

We will encompass all facets of life.  Our motto is D.I.C.E., which stands for:

 

DISCIPLINE

INTENSITY

COMPOSURE

EXECUTION

 

I am here to provide assistance in the form of mentor ship for these young student athletes.  It is a 24/7 job that I take seriously and professionally.  I hope to change lives in these kids, one day at a time.

BASKETBALL PHILOSOPHY!


Basketball Philosophy

 

Many different coaches have philosophies regarding basketball.  They develop these philosophies over their years of experience.  I too have developed a basketball philosophy over my 30+ years of basketball experience as a player, coach and administrator.

 

My overall philosophy with basketball is to teach life lessons through the sport!  My mentor, John Wooden, taught me many life and basketball lessons through my numerous private encounters with him and I adopted a majority of my basketball philosophies from him. 

 

Basketball is a sport that requires fundamentals!  I believe in teaching all the fundamentals of the sport, both offensively and defensively.  I want to change people's lives in a positive way in order to prepare them for life both on and off the court. 

 

I want a program that develops a player’s individual skill to succeed in the team format!  The program should run the same offensive sets, same offenses, the same out of bounds plays.  On defense, we only play man to man!  We teach the basic fundamentals of man to man and do not resort to lazy defensive zones.  This is what we do at all levels!  A uniform system for the kids to learn over the years.  We will not have these kids learn one system and then start over the following year.  We put all of our sets on this website for the kids to learn!  This allows the kids to review and study on their own time. We provide video analysis to the kids in the form of game film review that we send to the kids via email. Again, helping to assist in the kids’ basketball IQ and improve their performance.  

 

We play the game the right way!  We prefer to develop our players rather than win meaningless AAU games.  In the 10-15 year old divisions, we are about development.  We prefer losing to better teams rather than beating bad teams.  We believe in developing the players’ basketball IQ, not just his physical skills. 

 

My basketball philosophy is to prepare the kids for success on the court as future basketball players and off the court as successful community members.  My ultimate goal is to assist in the players’ development so much that those players that put out the necessary effort achieve enough basketball success that they receive attention from Universities in the form of potential athletic scholarships.

 

I take multiple teams to California to play in NCAA certified events in July in front of college coaches. This is a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity for these kids to showcase their talents in front of Division I, II and III coaches and the fact that I run these tournaments is of great benefit to our kids!  The rosters for our teams are chosen based on their academic performance in the classroom and an understanding of the game mentally, as well as physically. 

 

We will encompass all facets of life.  Our motto is D.I.C.E., which stands for:

 

DISCIPLINE

INTENSITY

COMPOSURE

EXECUTION

 

I am here to provide assistance in the form of mentor ship for these young student athletes.  It is a 24/7 job that I take seriously and professionally.  I hope to change lives in these kids, one day at a time.

BASKETBALL PHILOSOPHY!

Many different coaches have philosophies regarding basketball.  They develop these philosophies over their years of experience.  I too have developed a basketball philosophy over my 30+ years of basketball experience as a player, coach and administrator.

My overall philosophy with basketball is to teach life lessons through the sport!  My mentor, John Wooden, taught me many life and basketball lessons through my numerous private encounters with him and I adopted a majority of my basketball philosophies from him.

COACH WOODEN AND MYSELF AT HIS CONDO!  ONE OF THE GREATEST MOMENTS OF MY LIFE!!!!

COACH WOODEN AND MYSELF AT HIS CONDO!  ONE OF THE GREATEST MOMENTS OF MY LIFE!!!!

 

Basketball is a sport that requires fundamentals!  I believe in teaching all the fundamentals of the sport, both offensively and defensively.  I want to change people's lives in a positive way in order to prepare them for life both on and off the court.

I want a program that develops a player’s individual skill to succeed in the team format!  The program should run the same offensive sets, same offenses, the same out of bounds plays.  On defense, we only play man to man!  We teach the basic fundamentals of man to man and do not resort to lazy defensive zones.  This is what we do at all levels!  A uniform system for the kids to learn over the years.  We will not have these kids learn one system and then start over the following year.  We put all of our sets on this website for the kids to learn!  This allows the kids to review and study on their own time. We provide video analysis to the kids in the form of game film review that we send to the kids via email. Again, helping to assist in the kids’ basketball IQ and improve their performance.  

We play the game the right way!  We prefer to develop our players rather than win meaningless AAU games.  In the 10-15 year old divisions, we are about development.  We prefer losing to better teams rather than beating bad teams.  We believe in developing the players’ basketball IQ, not just his physical skills.

My basketball philosophy is to prepare the kids for success on the court as future basketball players and off the court as successful community members.  My ultimate goal is to assist in the players’ development so much that those players that put out the necessary effort achieve enough basketball success that they receive attention from Universities in the form of potential athletic scholarships.

I take multiple teams to California to play in NCAA certified events in July in front of college coaches. This is a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity for these kids to showcase their talents in front of Division I, II and III coaches and the fact that I run these tournaments is of great benefit to our kids!  The rosters for our teams are chosen based on their academic performance in the classroom and an understanding of the game mentally, as well as physically.

We will encompass all facets of life.  Our motto is D.I.C.E., which stands for:

DISCIPLINE

INTENSITY

COMPOSURE

EXECUTION

I am here to provide assistance in the form of mentor ship for these young student athletes.  It is a 24/7 job that I take seriously and professionally.  I hope to change lives in these kids, one day at a time.

In the News


In the News


IN THE NEWS


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Mr. Phenom: A unique conversation with adidas Jr Phenom Camp director, Dave Taylor.

Game Time: Do you look for athleticism and basketball IQ at the middle school level?

DT: The one thing that I do not look for is athleticism. I think that comes with age. At the middle school level the kids may not have all of the athletic skills yet, but, if they are fundamentally sound, in four or five years they will catch up to the other more athletic kids, and pass them.

What I look for are kids with high basketball IQ, academic intelligence, good grades in school, discipline, coachablity and good speaking and writing skills. These are the characteristics that DI and high school coaches will look for. These are the kids that are going to be successful.

Game Time: What specific things do you look for regarding basketball IQ?

DT: Kids that understand the flat triangle defense, see man and ball, move without the ball, lock down the ball and who are great off the ball defender. A kid that passes and cuts and sets the screen, slides and moves laterally and stays in his stance. Good coaches will recognize these skills.

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WINNING VS DEVELOPMENT


WINNING VS DEVELOPMENT


WINNING VS DEVELOPMENT!

 An often-debated topic in youth sports is whether it is more important to develop talent or win games.

 A common situation that I have experienced in my many years of being involved in youth basketball happens at the youngest ages of the game.  We will call this "The Winning Scenario."  Let's take the 11U age group as an example.  As a coach if I want to win most games, I put the player that can score the best and the best athlete on the floor at the same time.  Obviously, the best player will get the ball and score every time simply because they are a better athlete and the best athlete just dominates based on athletic ability, not skill.  This may happen ten or eleven times per game, and the team will win most of the time.

 Now let's look at "The Development Scenario."  I have the same players lined up in the same positions, but instead of coaching the best player or two to just attack and score, I tell them to control the ball run an offense and PLAY DEFENSE and play with fundamentals and sit the child when he does not give maximum effort.  With this scenario my team loses most of their games.  But which scenario is best for kids?

 The Winning Scenario:  This strategy will work for players at 9U, U9, 10U, 11U and 12U.  When they reach 13U, they will struggle because these players will not have learned how to play the game of basketball.  They will have simply learned to out athleticize and run fast, getting by on their athleticism alone.  After 13U, when they come up against teams that have learned to pass and create space, they will end up chasing the game the entire time and most often lose.

 The Development Scenario:  This strategy only works if the club has created the right culture.  What this means is that the Director of Coaching and individual coaches have clearly communicated the plan for development to parents and kids.  The challenge is to get players to stay with the development scenario even when the team loses most games.  What does it take to convince parents that a coach is doing the right things and that in a few years the team will win the large majority of games—communication!

 Communication is critical to implementing the Development Scenario.  First, the Director of Coaching must have the credentials that show that he or she knows what he or she is talking about.  Second, there should be some record of the development model working.  Now I understand that this is not possible in all cases, which means that the Director of Coaching and individual coaches must communicate their ideas repeatedly.   Once a club decides to coach for development, coaches must not waiver and get sucked into trying to be more competitive.  It is important to stay the course and let the development model work.

 So which approach is best for kids? Personally, I always opt for The Development Scenario, but as I mentioned in the beginning of this post, very few coaches, directors, and clubs actually stay true to this plan.  We are all naturally extremely competitive so it really is no surprise that people have trouble sticking to it. 

 Can you?

X-Factor Camps


X-Factor Camps


What's your X-Factor?

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Dave Taylor X-Factor camps offer young athletes honest instruction, sound athletic training, integral academic practices and personal development methods from some of the top coaches and motivational speakers around the globe. This camp is more than just basketball. It’s life training. Because let’s face it, basketball is short but life is long. And the skills learned should be applicable to both.

This camp takes an educational approach harboring the athletic and intellectual growth of young athletes by making players students of the game. And with hands on instruction from Camp Director Dave Taylor, students of the camp will gain the tools necessary to excel both on the court and in the classroom.

But this camp is not limited just to youth instruction, as parents will receive guidance on communicating with coaches, raising young athletes and prepping for the collegiate recruiting process.

Dave Taylor’s primary focus of the X-Factor camp is on developing fundamental techniques like dribbling, rebounding, passing and shooting. Students are then exposed to situational drills and scrimmages to develop their basketball IQ by accentuating strategy and team and clock management.

At the core of our mission, we strive to create a family oriented environment focused on enthusiasm and value based athletic and academic teachings.

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X-Factor Teachings:

  • Basketball fundamentals
  • Clock management
  • Game Strategy
  • Team and Player Management
  • Mental training
  • The value of education
  • Decision making
  • Time management
  • How to take direction