Testimonials

Chai Sellers


Chapel Hill, NC

Over the past year our daughter and son have had the absolute pleasure of working with Coach Berry at the Youth Hoops Basketball Camps. His unique ability to quickly assess our kids’ skill gaps was tremendous. Each has gained from his truly holistic development approach. Coach Berry genuinely displays his passion for the sport of basketball; however, he never allows the passion to outweigh the growth and enjoyment the kids have for the sport. Coach Berry’s professional approach has tactfully and skillfully “weaved” the necessity to balance all aspects of sports, education, community engagements, and future goals of the athletes into his training while ensuring they leave with advanced performance improvements in the sport of basketball. Coach Berry and his training staff at Youth Hoops are well equipped to challenge and teach each athlete to reach their individual basketball goals and his life lessons will make each better adults in our community.

Danielle Watford


Durham, NC

Youth Hoops Basketball Training is amazing!!! Coach Berry has an excellent method of teaching and he is very hands on with the parents and the kids that attend his camps/training programs. My daughter has become more confident and enjoys basketball so much more since I have enrolled her in Youth Hoops. Coach Berry pushes the kids to their full potential and teaches them life lessons as well as methods to enhance their Basketball IQ.

JP


Chapel Hill, NC

My son has done the camps and private lessons (thru Youth Hoops Basketball Camps) and both are great!

Elaine G.


Chapel Hill, NC

Youth Hoops Basketball Camps are wonderful. Coach Berry and the staff truly care about helping kids improve their basketball technical skills. From summer camps, to weekend classes, and even the intense week-long boot camp, my son has enjoyed every camp he has attended. Coach Berry combines basketball skills with inspirational lessons to help kids grow in both basketball and life. Youth Hoops encourages kids to excel, while providing a fun and motivating environment.

Deborah Turrentine


Moncure, NC

The coaches are very professional and knowledgeable. They exhibit excellence in teaching the skills necessary for success in playing and excelling in the game of basketball. My grandson has learned a lot about life and basketball from the lessons that are taught.

Jan Boxill


Chapel Hill, NC

I have enrolled my grandson in several of Coach Berry's camps and sessions for the past 5 years. And I almost always stay to observe the sessions to watch him teach and coach. His coaching style and those of his staff are just what kids need to learn and be excited about basketball and playing together as a team. He not only teaches skills and skill development, he teaches what kids need not just to be a good individual player, but a team player along with life lessons. He teaches each to his or her own level and pushes them to develop to the next level with encouragement and always with in a positive manner and positive feedback. When he sees a kid that looks discouraged he unobtrusively takes them aside to show him or her what to do, and when the kid does it, he often says, "You see what you can do? You got this!!" That changes the whole demeanor not just for that person, but for everyone!! He NEVER embarrasses anyone. And his sessions are always done with good humor. He wants them to have fun while they learn. He is very good at demonstrating and explaining clearly what each drill is. and makes sure everyone knows. He will have kids to demonstrate as well and encourages peer learning. LOVE IT. No matter the level, If you have a beginner or a son or daughter at any level who is shy or afraid, Coach Berry's sessions are the best. And he always interacts with the parents as well from the beginning of each session to the end. He talks with the kid and parents to make sure they enjoyed the session. I have recommended Youth Hoops to many people who have taken advantage of the program. . THANKS COACH BERRY and your great coaching staff.

Dwan Jones


Hillsborough, NC

We can’t thank or say enough about Coach Berry and the Youth Hoops program. Our daughter started her basketball journey in one of the summer camps and gained the skills and IQ needed for her to make and start as a point guard on her team and her travel AAU team within a matter of months. They not only teach the fundamentals but also the life skills and character needed to succeed in life after basketball!

Siming Weng


Cary, NC

We couldn't appreciate more for what Youth Hoops Basketball program have done in developing and shaping both of my sons in playing competitive basketball. My elder son started in 2019 as a 3rd grader and we have witnessed how important the role that Coach Berry has played in growing his basketball foundation and IQ. It's crucial for a young basketball learner to build a solid foundation of basketball skills, because that's what is going to guarantee an acceleration in higher level of basketball playing in a long run. And we're so fortunate to have Coach Berry coaching our sons with his many years of youth basketball development experience and coaching experiences. And, more importantly, I'm impressed by his personality and passion in pouring into these young players. We're happy to see our elder son become leader and key player of his middle school basketball team as well as in AAU travel team. This wouldn't be possible without consistent training and coaching from Youth Hoops Basketball program. So, as parents who are expecting their kids to learn and play basketball in a correct and promising way, I'm confident my boys are in good hands at Youth Hoops Basketball.

Brendan Cody


Chapel Hill, NC

My son has attended Coach Berrys camps for 4 years and loves going. He is a phenomenal teacher, and someone who makes it educational and very enjoyable for the kids. As a parent and someone who’s been around basketball coaches for a long time, Coach Berry is easily one of the best I’ve seen at teaching fundamentals, spacing, teamwork and mental toughness for basketball and life while maintaining a very fun atmosphere. I highly recommend his camps to anyone who wants to learn basketball skills in a positive environment.

Jeff Caufield


Chapel Hill, NC

Youth hoops is more then just a basketball camp it’s a family you are joining. My son actually looks to the coaches as not only mentors but also as his friends. Your children will certainly learn what it takes to develop the skill of basketball at Youthhoops but I believe the most valuable skill they teach is the ability for your child to take on a challenges and succeed as a team with hard work and dedication. The confidence, problem solving and team work skills Youthhoops has taught my son have given him the ability to succeed outside of sports which is truly priceless.

Kevin Tewes


Chapel Hill, NC

My experience with Youth Hoops has been great. Coach Berry’s instructional style is both positive and disciplined, teaching kids a love of the game as well as the importance of always striving for excellence. My son’s enjoyment of the game, his skill, and his effectiveness playing as a member of a team have all markedly increased under Coach Berry’s coaching.

Michelle Martin


Chapel Hill, NC

My son played on a number of AAU/travel basketball teams. None of them focused on individual skill development to provide young athletes with the right technique. Too many teams and coaches at the youth level focus on winning now. Youth Hoops focuses on correct shooting technique, defensive footwork, rebounding, and fundamental principles of good offense and defense. This is so much more important to player development than winning a game. Coach Berry has pushed my son with love. He was patient with him, challenged him, and taught him things about basketball I never could (I enjoyed learning too, especially Tom Izzo’s rebounding technique). Jacob is a sophomore playing on a top level club team with realistic chances for a college scholarship. He would not be on this stage without the coaching he received from John Berry. Oh, and practice will run over - because Coach wants to ensure your kids get the most out of every thoughtfully crafted session. But who doesn’t want a coach focused on the players and not on the clock.

Keelan Brown


Durham, NC

I have been very impressed with the progression and basketball IQ my son has developed since participating in the Youth Hoops program over the past year. The overall experience and life lessons that are instilled in every session has been phenomenal!

Jonathan Shough


Chapel Hill, NC

We have had our son at Youth Hoops for over a year now and he has learned "how" to play basketball. Our son has honed the skills of dribbling, shooting, passing, and operating in a system. Coach Berry and his coaching team are exquisite at squeezing the confusion, anxiety, and fear, out of the child and filling them with confidence, skills, and self-pride. We are very pleased with the confidence this has provided and importantly, the skills imparted are stellar. Finally, Coach Berry also speaks to the children about being self-aware, self-less, and self-respecting, these are skills and characteristics that will serve them all as they grow into young men and women.

Jay Upchurch


Chapel Hill, NC

I played competitive basketball and now have three sons who love playing the game. Youth Hoops is by far the best instruction and training for boys or girls learning fundamentals and how to play the game THE right way. Coach is an outstanding teacher who players of all ages can relate to. My boys love him and always ask when the next training session is. I cannot recommend Youth Hoops enough.

Rodger Seabrook


Apex, NC

My experience at youth hoops has been amazing. I have seen my son basketball skills grow tremendously. He is gaining more confidence and skills with every camp he has attended. Coach Berry and the staff really work with the youth to tap their potential.

Joanna Wooten


Chapel Hill, NC

We have known ‘Coach Berry’ for several years. He is such a positive and inspirational person. When our son decided to become very serious about basketball, we started having him work with John. We have seen amazing changes with our son’s fundamental skills and physical fitness. John not only teaches kids basketball, he is a positive role model. He is teaching them life skills that every kid needs. He teaches with high-energy, positive reinforcement, and hands-on guidance. It has been said that raising kids “takes a village“. We are so pleased to have John as a part of our village.


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