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ISD Basketball Academy

Basketball Overview

ISD Basketball is the premier destination in the region for aspiring collegiate and professional basketball players. With a weekly training regimen that includes daily practices, competition, multiple workouts in the brand-new Eupepsia Performance Lab, and a personalized nutrition plan, ISD Basketball offers a complete package to student-athletes hoping to take the next step in their sport.

Our ISD Basketball athletes train and compete with Dubai Tribe Basketball Club, who recently became the first expat team ever to officially register with the UAE Basketball Association and participate in the UAE regular season, under the proven leadership of Saeed Al Naji. Graduates from Dubai Tribe have received university basketball scholarships, competed at the university level in the Middle East, Europe and North America, participated in national team programs, and competed at professional ranks.  Dubai Tribe Basketball Club is the first UAE program to produce NCAA players in the USA, sending six players to various colleges and universities since its inception.  During the 2020-2021 academic year, four of their graduates played for NCAA teams in the USA.

ISD Basketball Academy - A basketball match underway

Technology & Facilities

• Professionally-maintained basketball gym with one court, seating for 200, and two changing-rooms
• Indoor turf field for speed and agility work

VEO Camera: high-performance camera to film all games and provide video analysis of players’ technique and performance

Eupepsia Performance Lab: state-of-the-art strength and conditioning facility focused on optimizing athletic performance through baseline testing and periodic measurement followed by sport-specific, personalized training program to attack deficiencies and maximize strengths

Eupepsia Recovery: whole-body cryotherapy, oxygen and hydrogen therapy, compression remedy, magneto therapy, and infrared sauna

Eupepsia Medical Clinic: sports physiotherapy, recovery, and conditioning, wellness therapies, diet & nutrition, and ayurvedic medicine

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Basketball Program Structure

First Term (14 weeks)

Preseason and Measurements (4 weeks)
• General strength and conditioning
• Fundamentals correcting and teaching
• Technical and tactical abilities
• Acceleration and running mechanics training
• Baseline measurements and assessments

Competitive Season (10 weeks)
• Maintain conditioning level
• Injury prevention
• Improving technical abilities at specific positions
• Tactical skills sessions in game understanding and decision making
• Competition preparation - tactics
• Mental training and preparation
• Video analysis sessions
• Specific position training sessions
• Competition - tournaments, matches, and leagues

BREAK WITH 2 WEEKS OF REST (Winter break)
Individualized strength and conditioning plans to keep athletes in shape and prevent injury

Second term (11 weeks)

Preseason and Measurements (2 weeks)
• General strength and conditioning
• Fundamentals correcting and teaching
• Technical and tactical abilities
• Acceleration and running mechanics
• Baseline measurements and assessments

Competitive Season (9 weeks)
• Maintain conditioning level
• Injury prevention
• Improving technical abilities at specific positions
• Tactical skills sessions in game understanding and decision making
• Competition preparation - tactics
• Mental training and preparation
• Video analysis sessions
• Specific position training sessions
• Competition - tournaments, matches, and leagues

BREAK WITH 2 WEEKS OF REST (Spring break)
Individualized strength and conditioning plans to keep athletes in shape and prevent injury

Third Term (11 weeks)

Season (11 weeks)
• General strength and conditioning
• Fundamentals correcting and teaching
• Technical and tactical abilities
• Acceleration and running mechanics training
• Measurements and assessments
• Maintain conditioning level
• Injury prevention
• Improving technical abilities at specific positions
• Tactical skills sessions in game understanding and decision making
• Competition preparation - tactics
• Mental training and preparation
• Video analysis sessions
• Specific position training sessions
• Competition - tournaments, matches, and international competition*

development process

Young basketball players

The ISD Basketball program is distinguished from other basketball programs in the region by providing an advanced, team-oriented training approach.  Our refined basketball philosophy combines the athletic, up-tempo North American-style of basketball with the tactical skill set of the European game, providing our student-athletes with a comprehensive international basketball development experience. Throughout the year, program participants will also benefit from regular visits by guest speakers and trainers, including former Olympic medalists, NCAA players, national team players, professional players and coaches, international strength and conditioning coaches, and more.

International Exposure

A coach explaining basketball tactics

Twice during the school year, ISD Basketball student-athletes embark on an all-expenses-paid international trip to the United States or Europe to test their skills against the best basketball players in the world and receive scouting from collegiate and professional coaches. For athletes who wish to compete collegiately and professionally following ISD Academy, this trip provides all the necessary experience and exposure to make this goal a reality.