The sports and wellness training company, founded last June by Galloway Assistant Athletic Director Josh Burr, recently agreed to purchase the Prep Star System designed by 94Fifty Sports Technologies, a developer of basketball skill analysis equipment.
With the help of Galloway parent and General Manager Doug Coombs, TSF has a vision of making athletic excellence viable for any player.
“I believe that any child can get a scholarship for any sport if they put the effort in,” Coombs said.
It’s the job of coaches, 94Fifty National Director of Education and Training Brad Butterworth said, to adapt their teaching styles for a new digital era.
Prep Star enables players to look at empirical, quantifiable data for improvement in repetitious basketball skills from shooting and dribbling to defensive slides and vertical explosion. For the former, the basketball is rigged with sensors that measure a player’s effectiveness in such skills. The program offers coaches and players the ability to track performance and get specific workout plans online to address weaknesses.
TSF arose from Burr’s belief that younger athletes nowadays need better coaching for later success. It offers camps in basketball, volleyball, soccer and, in the future, lacrosse.
“The need … was there to provide more of an educational side of the game instead of rolling the ball out and letting kids play,” Burr said.
He starred for Oglethorpe University’s men’s basketball team, setting Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference records with 104 three-pointers in a season (2004) and 288 for his career before graduating in 2006. He currently serves as Oglethorpe’s assistant coach, in addition to his duties at Galloway.
In that regard, TSF’s investment in Prep Star is two-fold.
“I’m so passionate about developing student athletes at Galloway and Oglethorpe that I knew doing this would build both of the programs as well at the community even more,” Burr said. “The plan is for The-Skill-Factory to be that support to help Galloway grow, to help Oglethorpe grow and to help the community grow. We are excited about the possibilities and want to see how much it will benefit both programs over the next few years.”
Butterworth said TSF met special criteria as a business partner and testing center.
“The one thing that attracted me to TSF was their commitment to basketball development through the use of proper education,” Butterworth said. “We’re looking for the unique people who are real educators when they reach out to us.”
Coombs, whose son Wyeth is a rising eighth-grader at the school, came on as GM in February and held morning workout basketball sessions all spring at the gym for interested parties, drawing more than 50 students, fifth-graders to high-schoolers.
In his words, he and Burr want to focus on the “99 percent” of young athletes who might not star on an AAU squad or other elite-level club team but still has the desire to improve.
“It’s fitness; it’s self-management; it’s driving towards a goal, and that’s what we’re trying to do with The-Skill-Factory,” Coombs said.
Information: visit www.the-skill-factory.com.