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Basketball Trainer – Miami, FL – Now Hiring

Next Level Basketball is seeking a basketball trainer in Miami, FL or surrounding Broward and Dade County to work out of our Hollywood, FL Basketball training facility.

Next Level Basketball is seeking a part time basketball trainer to add to our team of basketball trainers in Miami, Broward and Palm Beach County. Trainer will work out of our Hollywood Facility, helping with private clients, group basketball training and camps and clinics in South Florida.

High level playing experience is preferred, but will train the right candidate extensively. Passion for basketball, dependability and communication skills are required. Ambition and sales skills a MAJOR plus with our event work, and will lead to increased compensation.

  • Hours: 8-20 Hours/week – we are growing rapidly, so we expect this to increase.
  • Responsibilities: Coaching at Groups and clinics (occasionally with private clients), some upkeep at the facility, some communication and coordination with leads and clients. Sales not required but would make candidate highly valued.
  • Location: Candidate will work out of 3859 Pembroke Rd, Hollywood, FL 33021- our Hollywood Basketball Training facility. There can and will be some remote work and some work throughout Miami and South Broward.
  • Pay: Hourly, based on experience + commission
  • How to Apply: Send cover letter to (resume optional), and call or text Brandon at (561) 306-1682 to follow up.


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Pro Tip: The Five Habits of a Professional Basketball Player

By Jay Ramos

As an athlete in this generation, you have access to the greatest tools imaginable. From injury rehabilitation, to progressive strength training, to new diet techniques to basketball innovation. Everything is out there for you to maximize who you are as an athlete.

But do you?

Playing professional sports doesn’t mean you prepare like a professional, but I can definitely say from experience that those who have professional habits and act like professionals have a better chance of succeeding and reaching their potential.

So let’s talk about you, since you want to be a basketball player.

Whether it be making that varsity cut, earning a college scholarship or becoming a pro, are you doing everything you can to ensure that you reach these goals? And secondly, are you doing everything you can as EFFICIENTLY as you can to reach these goals.

Here is a list of five professional habits that give you the right to say you #TrainLikeAPro, from someone who has worked with multiple NBA athletes.

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The Five Habits of a Pro:

1) Strength/Conditioning Training: Without a stable foundation, you’re athletic upside is incredibly limited. You want to have an explosive first step, than why do you never work on lower body strength? Want to jump higher, right? So why is your core flabby? You’re body is everything. A solid, strong, lean body will help you feel more confident on the court, prevent injury, and help performance. Having a consistent strength routine in season, and a progressive strength routine in the offseason, is a necessary habit for a Pro.

And as far as conditioning, we just go ahead and lump these two together, because if you can’t get up and down the floor, what good is there in being skilled? Want to press people on defense? You can’t have it both ways. Conditioning has to be a priority. Want to be the type of player who finishes fourth quarters? Better be in better shape than everyone else. Having a conditioning regimen is paramount.

2) Speed, Agility, and Quickness (SAQ) Training: Once you have been through stability training, and progressed to strength training, it’s time to do some explosive work. Everything should have a basketball purpose. A good way to start is with our free workout and upcoming programs, but having a component of SAQ Training to keep your basketball athleticism sharp is a good way to build another advantage on the court.

Speed is your ability to move fast, agility is you’re ability to react and change directions in small spaces, and quickness involves your burst. All three work together and to promote an explosive basketball body.

3) Skills Training: A strong, agile body can push through skills workouts even more efficiently, and this third step is where your game can take off. It’s about efficiency. Professionals train smart and make good use of their time. This means a balance between skill development and game repetition.

Definitely pound that ball out and put up volume shots, but you have to also direct your attention to repeating game scenario’s. When I worked with NBA player Scotty Hopson last summer, we spent most of our session getting repetition on two particular pivot moves to help his isolation game.

Of course he needed to get his shots up, but don’t be the player that goes in the gym and shoots around all day. Be focused and game specific.

4) Diet: Yea sorry, you have to eat right. Or not, but don’t say you’re the hardest worker if you don’t do it all and complement your training regimen with the right diet.

That’s right, a diet is part of #NoDaysOff and #OutWork. How about that? You should have a high protein, high on complex carbohydrate diet.

If you’re really serious about you’re game, don’t eat McDonald’s with your teammates before a game. Don’t eat pizza everyday at lunch with soda. In fact, never drink soda and try to avoid pizza entirely. You want to be great? Everyone would be if giving up tasty, fatty food was easy.

There are several diet protocols to follow, and I suggest following one to keep you organized. Saying your trying to eat right and following a loose diet never works for consistency. When clients consult me on diet, it usually is one that feeds an athlete appropriately.

5) Study The Game: With all the work you have put in on the court, in the weight room, on the track and in the kitchen, now it’s time to step in the classroom. You should have two film sessions a week. One evaluating you or your teams performance, which I’m sure many coaches have anyway for the whole team, and one studying professional and college basketball games. Challenge yourself to ask questions, learn defensive zones, think about player tendencies.

Basketball IQ is as much a skill as any ability you process on the court. You can never stop learning.

In Conclusion:

We like to use the motto #TrainLikeAPro at Next Level Basketball, and from my perspective working with professional athletes, shortcuts to greatness don’t work. If you want to conduct yourself like a professional, like anything else in life, it takes a real commitment.

With the ‘Five Habits of a Professional Basketball Player’ I promise you will have a competitive advantage. Be consistent for a period of time and it will be readily apparent. Three or four aren’t enough. Do them all.

Jay Ramos is a professional basketball trainer and performance enhancement specialist with Next Level Basketball. He is currently constructing a basketball athleticism program called ‘Speed, Agility, and Quickness’ that will be out in 2014. Check out the preview at

Pro Tips: How a strong lower body helps your ball handling

By Jay Ramos

Ball Handling seems to be everything players want to do. Amateur trainers use gimmicky youtube drills, players want to emulate street ball moves, and everyone wants to cross someone up on instagram.

Well, it’s not just the move itself that makes it happen. It’s how fast you can make it happen. The change of direction is based on setting up your defender first, than exploding into a move to place the force they put into defending you the other way.

We will have plenty of fundamental ball handling material to give you grip and strength as well as technique for your moves, but let’s build your body to perform them explosively.

You need good hamstrings to push past a defender on your moves. You need good gluteal muscles to stay low, and generate the force you need (Plus it hides the ball).

Do this series of squats to get started:

1) Air Squats: Keep your chest up and your feet pointed straight. Go as low as you can and back up in a moderate motion. Don’t rush it. When you’re ready, grab a few dumbbells and hold it to the side as you do the repetition.

2) Timed Squats: Go down for your air squat, hold for three seconds when you are low, and come up.

3) Held Squats: Get low in your defensive stance and hold the position for 30 seconds. Progress to 60 when you can.

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Challenge yourself to do a squat circuit like this:

1) Air Squats – One set of 15
– 20 second rest
2) Timed Squats – One set of 10
– 20 second rest
3) Held Squat
– 30 seconds

Repeat twice. Increase repetition on first set to 25, second set to 15, and last set to one minute in two weeks.

Do these daily and build stability and strength in your lower body. It’ll help that crossover be that much quicker, and as a bonus prevent injury on the court.

Jay Ramos is a professional basketball trainer with Next Level Basketball. He is currently constructing a basketball athleticism program called ‘Speed, Agility, and Quickness’ that will be out in 2014. Check out the preview at

Tip of the Day: Strength training for explosion – Avoid Machines

By Jay Ramos

Want to run fast? Want to be quick laterally? Want to jump high?

All these things will help you be a better basketball player.

And all three cannot be accomplished at their full potential without a proper foundation of strength.

I have already alluded to core training as being a key component, and how lunges are a terrific strength exercise for basketball players, but I also want to tell you what not to do when you are building strength.

Not only are you risking injury by jumping into speed, agility and quickness or vertical training by not complementing it and preparing with a strength program, you could also be creating muscle imbalances by doing it the wrong way.

One way a basketball player shouldn’t train is with weight machines. The problem is, you would be working on muscle movers while completely ignoring the stability movers that make the movements as powerful and balanced as they need to be.

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Yea, might want to avoid these, basketball players.

See a shoulder press machine? Do some overhead presses with dumbells instead.

See a bench press attached to a machine? Do some pushups instead.

See a leg extension machine? Try some of those lunges.

Sitting on a machine can leave your joints vulnerable, because they have no assistance from other muscle groups that you would be using on the court. Just a tip. Work on your strength. It helps on the court and serves as the foundation for your athletic ability.

Jay Ramos is a professional basketball trainer with Next Level Basketball. He is currently constructing a basketball athleticism program called ‘Speed, Agility, and Quickness’ that will be out in 2014. Check out the preview at

Coach Jay Ramos Our New Director of Miami Basketball Training


Coach Jay Ramos, assistant at Alonzo and Tracy Mourning and Miami Basketball Trainer (guard specialist) is the new Director of South Florida Operations with Next Level Basketball. Coach Jay has a strong expertise in agility training, shooting and ball handling, three key attributes for guards.

He’s already taken the Miami Basketball training world by storm, training long time client Tola Akomolafe (D1, FIU), CJ Coddington (D1, Stetson), Rodney Simeon (Ranked top 5 HS player in South Florida), and a number of top high school players at our Saturday Miami Basketball Training Group Sessions!

Call Coach Jay at (305) 586-3170 to book a Miami Basketball Training session with him!

Flash Is Nice, Function Is Better

In today’s basketball training industry– in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and otherwise–, the field is dominated by a handful of individuals who can dribble with 3-4 basketballs while tossing a heavy ball and stacking a cone. They can dribble between the legs with two balls while tapping a tennis ball. They can go up with two balls and toss in two wild circus shots.

It’s really impressive. But it’s not important.

But what goes unsaid is that having those skills does not necessarily make you a better basketball player. A better streetball player — no doubt, you are. But at the end of the day, a basketball trainer’s primary objective is helping you become a better basketball player through improving your skills and your mentality consistently, and while the youtube age has ushered in some fantastic tricks, these drills do not make a basketball trainer great — his results do.

Repetition, knowledge and highly targeted drills will yield a more fundamentally sound player. Function reigns supreme over flash. Don’t get me wrong; we use two ball drills and cone drills (sometimes stacking) to improve ball handling, control and hand-eye coordination, however, there is so much more to our Miami Basketball training than that– the essential drills that help make you a well-rounded basketball player. When you book a session with Next Level Basketball Training, we guarantee you will leave a more well-rounded and improved player EVERY session.

Give us a try this Saturday at 9am at the Betty T Ferguson Center for our group session!

Brandon Harris

(561) 306-1682 

Miami Basketball Training: Saturday Advanced Group Sessions Start August 3rd! (New Clients Train for Only $5/Hour for 3 Hours!)

Miami Basketball Training

Beginning Saturday, August 3rd, Next Level Basketball will be holding advanced Saturday Group training sessions for all ages and skill levels.

Each session of our group Miami Basketball Training sessions will cover a broad spectrum of essential skills and drills including but not limited to agility, strength, conditioning, ball handling, shooting, and finishing. These skills and drills will be packaged in the most innovative and engaging Miami Basketball Training workout.

Sessions will be run by experienced Miami Basketball trainer and ball handling and shooting specialist, formerly of the North Miami Senior High and FIU Basketball Programs, Brandon Harris, and Miami Basketball Coach, Jay Ramos, agility and skills specialist, of Next Level Basketball’s AAU team and Alonzo and Tracy Mourning High School.

New clients can train for ONLY $15 for their first sessionIf you are able to refer 2 new clients, that rate drops down to $10 (and is lowered in each session after that). If you can refer 5 new clients, your sessions are free!

After we show you why Next Level Basketball Training is the best option for Miami Basketball training, we will help you select one of our many affordable training packages!

If you have any questions, please reach out to us at or send us a text/voicemail at (561) 306-1682.

**In addition to our Saturday Group for Basketball Training in Miami, we offer individual and group training by appointment, including:

  • Miami Basketball Training
  • Miami Agility Training
  • Miami Strength Training
  • Basketball Coaching in Miami 
  • Broward Basketball Training
  • Broward Agility Training
  • Broward Strength Training
  • Shooting Coaching in Broward
Please contact us at for more!