Google Reviews for UPBasketball:
Best trainers in the Bay, with cutting edge techniques and tech to take your hoop game to the next level.
Coach Packie, Coach Larisa and Coach Chris are excellent coaches. They have the passion, expertise, knowledge and the patience to teach younger children. Kelly is blessed to have them as her basketball coaches. She has been attending the clinics for 1 year and I can see the significant improvement in her ball handling and shooting skills. The coaches not only demonstrate the move, but also explain how to use the move in a real game situation. When Kelly was new, they put in extra effort and time to work with her. Now she can handle the ball better, then they challenge her more with heavy ball and also her dribbling speed. There are many camps and clinics she has attended and this is the only one that she is willing to continue. Highly recommend!!
Coach Packe and all of his staff are amazing and very knowledgeable on all aspects of the game of basketball. My 10-year-old son enjoys going, and I have seen significant improvements in his skill development.
I love hearing sweaty kids talk about hard work and fun all in the same conversation! If your kids love basketball and want to continue improving their game, make sure to check it out. You won't be disappointed!
Our daughter loves it. We can already see a difference in her abilities since she started a couple of weeks ago.
According to my 9yr son it was AWESOME!
Consistently great practices, focused, committed coaches.
Elan (parent of a 4th grader, Aesa)
June 12, 2017
Our son has worked with Coach Packie and Coach Larisa over the last 9 months. They teach the game the right way by making it fun, improving skills, and providing an environment that is safe to make mistakes and learn. My son has improved and his confidence level has increased both within the clinics and leagues. I often sit and watch the practices amazed and what these young people are asked to do - and yet can accomplish with practice.
I have been around a lot of coaches and I am most impressed by the way UpBasketball is run. They have my ultimate respect. I wish I learned the game this way. As a parent you are giving your son/daughter a true gift by enrolling them in UpBasketball. I keep telling my son -working with these coaches is a blessing and an opportunity. Soak it up!
Bruce K. on
June 1, 2017
Coach Packie and Coach Larisa are fantastic basketball coaches and trainers. The trainings are both fun and intense. Skills are taught along with an explanation of how it translates to a real game. The Coaches are exceptional in understanding each kid, and what that particular kid needs to improve her/his game, and they take a patient long term approach to bringing out the best in each of the players. Coach Packie and Coach Larrisa are incredibly consistent in their approach, and how they treat each and every kid with respect.
The kids know full well before they even enter the gym that they are fortunate to have the opportunity to train with Packie and Larisa. On a number of occasions professional and college players training with Packie & Larisa partake in the clinics, which is always an exciting time.
Lastly, every parent who brings their kid to an UpBasketball training leaves with the same thought in mind: "this is really special."
Dominic Artis- Salesian High School/Findlay Prep University of Oregon/ UTEP
Professional Basketball Player
My time with Packie the skills trainer this past summer was incredible. From the first day my agent, Calvin Andrews, introduced us at the 6am Holy Names workout I have received nothing but valuable tools. Things as advanced as a quick shooting pocket right out of the handle, to simple reminders such as keeping my balance towards the rim, and making every shot feel like a catch and shoot- things that have helped me excel within the professional exhibition games I have played in thus far. However, what I got from Packie, the man himself, is beyond anything I could of imagined, would have came from that initial 6am workout at Holy Names. The belief he has in me as a player has propelled me to strive for a better version of my self. Not only this but also the importance of making connections and using this game to present unthinkable doors is another contribution I received from Packie, the man himself. Ultimately, my review of Pakcie would be 5 stars. Any player looking for a trainer that will put forth the time and effort to help them obtain their maximum potential as a complete individual - this is the man to see.
May 28, 2017
I can't say enough about the quality of Coach Packie's training and teaching style. The quality of his basketball skills and credentials is self-evident. What I believe makes him great is his ability to push and challenge the kids, while also being super encouraging and supportive. I can tell he really cares for the kids: to get better as players, and more importantly, to become good human beings. He exudes confidence with humility, which makes him a great role model. I truly believe that my son's joy of the game accelerated under Coach Packie.
Darius Graham- Sacramento High Standout- UC Davis Men's Basketball
Packie has done a great job expanding my individual game, as well as understanding how I apply it to real game scenarios. He provides a great workout environment that challenges me to be comfortable being uncomfortable in order for my game to grow. He does a great time of balancing the teaching of mechanics of a technique as well as knowing a players natural rhythm that they play with to apply that rhythm in his instructing. He helped me realize just how high my ceiling is as a player as well as an overall person.
May 27, 2017
We have signed up for many of Packie's clinics. Simply put, our son Taro loves it. The sessions have not only had a big impact on Taro's skill building but also expose him to coaches that inspire him and grow his love for basketball. We will be signing up for many more sessions!
October 28, 2016
My daughter recently attended an UP Basketball Training in Fort Bragg for the 8-12 grade. The skills that she received were advanced yet she was able to try to master them! Having the skills just above or even more of her capabilities will help her strive to be better. The most important part to me is that she came home with a smile on her face and wanting to do better. Packie's passion of basketball shines through these kids and my daughter needs to see this! She felt that what she was learning will help her be the player she really wants to be. I highly recommend that at whatever level your child is at, these clinics will benefit both their skills and their confidence!! Thank you for doing what you do!!
Aug 19, 2016
My three kids love Packie and his training sessions—even my reluctant tweenage girl. They’ve all played basketball since they were young, but were never naturally skilled ball handlers, and this is where their improvements in skills and confidence have been dramatic after training with Packie. Their team practices are all about the team and preparing for games, but Packie’s focus is on elevating individual skills—especially dribbling which is something my kids never wanted to practice. Now through the legs and behind the back is natural for them. It’s a miracle.
The kids love Packie because he’s such a nice guy, even when he’s pushing them to do more. They also knows he trains many famous Warriors and NBA stars, and they’ve all seen Packie training Curry in his Muscle Milk commercial—so they really look up to him. He’s a terrific role model.
Aug 17, 2016
Packie has coached my son both individually and on a team and my son has loved working with him. Packie has a great rapport with the kids and is able to get them to push themselves to improve. He not only has great coaching skills, he has a big heart.
Aug 14, 2016
My older son started training with Packie a year ago to build his skills and become a more competitive player. In that time, we’ve seen dramatic improvements in his ball handling skills, game playing, focus and drive. Now our second son is also attending the clinics and we’ve seen a positive change in his shooting technique and confidence.
Packie’s experience and method of teaching players of all ages is unbelievable! He works with them in a respectful way that they can understand. He takes the time to check-in with each player to make sure they are grasping the workouts.
Our boys have done several clinics with other people, but no one seems to have made a significant difference in their basketball game. Packie’s clinics have made that noticeable difference!
One of the most important reasons why my boys really enjoy their workouts is that Packie makes it fun! My boys love basketball and he helps to fuel that passion by not taking the fun away even when they are working hard. Packie’s clinics rank #1 in our family!
Anne Tamiko Omura
Aug 09, 2016
My daughter (Mari) and her teammates all LOVE training with Packie. His clinics and 1 on 1 training sessions are the absolute best. Mari has done dozens of basketball clinics through different programs, and the ones run by Packie are her favorites. The best part: She has fun, challenges herself as an athlete, gets a ton of individualized attention and pointers, AND HAS SEEN AMAZING RESULTS! Packie is so great with kids and is such an excellent motivator. He knows how to inspire kids while helping them elevate their game. Mari's confidence, handles, and shot have improved dramatically.
Finally, Packie is wonderful with all levels of players. I have seen him coaching NBA athletes and 11 year old girls new to basketball with the same level enthusiasm and focus. He really makes kids feel special and excited about the sport of basketball!
Aug 05, 2016
Our son loves training with Packie! Not only has Packie helped him build his foundational skills and his understanding of the game, he has boosted his confidence. Packie is able to break everything down into clear steps for kids to be successful at dribbling, shooting, layups, etc. He understands how to bring the best out of everyone--even kids who've never played before. It has been one of the most positive clinics our son has participated in and he is asking when he can go back.
An amazing place to train. My son and daughter train there, and packie and larissa are really pro trainers and college trainers. But what's more impressive is that they love training youngsters as much as NBA pros. As a bonus, sometimes, our sessions are between famous College Athletes and Pros. So my instagram is filling up with famous players.
Love the personal attention to details, mechanics, and fundamentals. Both my son and my daughter are gaining a significant competitive edge and they're improving their overall game and most importantly their confidence. As a school & AAU coach, I'm very impressed with Packie approach to making players focus on the details that help make them better in real-game situations. And Larisa's skillset and basketball IQ is a perfect addition to providing a complete and enhanced basketball training experience. Thanks so much. So lucky to have these guys in my backyard!!
First time there and I loved it! I found myself thinking about which moves I could use in the game and what I could work on at home. My trainer really knew what she was doing and I left feeling confident about what I just learned.
It is a really fun workout place. There are a lot of good trainers. It will really help me improve my basketball game. I recommend it if you want to have a good basketball career.
great training facility dedicated to basketball
Today I took my 6 year-old son Lucas for a tryout at UPB. Bianca was very nice and gave us a comprehensive overview of how they operate (schedules, fees and activities). We paid a $35 fee for a “drop off section”. The facilities are great very clean and well organize. Packie came and introduced himself to us. After a few instructions to the kids I was able to tell how professional e passionate he is about his job. Even though Lucas was training with older kids Packie and his assistant made sure he was confident and comfortable during the drills. Lucas has been in different basketball camps and UPBaskeball Training was the best experience for us.
Great Facility and great coaches. Coach Cal has been working with my son for three months now, the improvement in his game is amazing. Highly recommend this facility and the coaches.
UPBasketball has been a great place for my son to work and improve on his basketball skills. The staff is top notch all the way around. Coach Oderah has been a wonderful trainer for my son over the past 6 months and continues to be. We are grateful for Coach Oderah's expertise and professionalism. She has helped my son immensely. Ruta is amazing with her follow up and organization as the Director. I highly recommend the entire program and the excellent staff.
We have been nothing but impressed with the level of professionalism and skill the entire UPbasketball staff demonstrate to our daughters. They offer an elite level experience for our daughters who play competitive basketball at the highest levels. The drills, techniques, and overall practice plans are truly remarkable. Highly recommend UPBasketball for the dedicated and serious basketball players who want to work hard on their development.
This is a great facility with very experienced coaches who have a passion for basketball. My son Ben has been working with Oderah the past few months and loves it. They are very careful with Covid protocols and the scheduler (Ruta) is a pleasure to work. Top flight organization.
Incredible basketball facility! The trainers are all top notch helping kids develop skills to continue their basketball journeys to high school and beyond. Highly recommend bringing your kids here to join the UPB family.
We are incredibly happy with UPB and the level of focus and detail they put into their coaching. Thanks to UPB, my son is developing the skills and outlook needed to become a more consistent and confident player. Their program is the perfect complement to any player wanting to take their game to the next level.
Coach Packie and Coach Ruta have done an amazing job with my daughter Siena. Although they are super friendly they are not trying to be my daughters best friend they are trying to make her the best basketball player she can be. They make it extremely hard on her and it is paying off. I can say without a doubt that both Coach Packie and Coach Ruta have helped and will continue to help Siena grow as a person and a basketball player. If your child has goals in basketball Coach Packie and Coach Ruta will do everything to help them get there!!
This review is long overdue! Over the last year my son has trained at UP where he has made significant progress in his form and abilities. I've seen his confidence grow as well as his love of the game.
The facility is nice with great baskets, nice floor, clean restrooms and bleacher and chair seats for parents/players. They also have a yoga/pilates studio next door - which would be great for basketball players.
Packie, Larissa and staff are dedicated and empathetic professionals that give 110% into training and coaching. They provide a safe environment to learn and grow in the game of basketball.
Thank you to all the coaches and Bianca for creating such an amazing place!
This is the place you want to take your kid to, to get to the next level. If your kid has aspirations to play HS ball, this is it. UPB has top level trainers. And each time I see my son go to a group session, I see improvement. Packie is the head trainer and he does a GREAT job. He has a great demeanor and has a good way of communicating and demonstrating skills to the players. I also like that Packie takes the time during breaks to say "Hi" to the parents and "check in" with your kids progress.
Tried the skills program today which seem very promising. Several HS players looking to get ready for college recruiting. Im waiting to see if there is some focus on passing and ball movement which is lost in today's basketball. Other programs in the Peninsula focus on fancy ball handling and chucking threes. Im hopeful that UP Basketball is different. But for today's session, I give it a five star.
New ownership and upgraded basketball courts and experience.
The new basketball league is great. Haven't tried the skills training yet but would definitely consider. Staff is very friendly.
Amazing supportive environment, where it is OK to make mistakes, that is how you learn :) Kids love it - they are pushed hard, and they don't mind it, since it is a safe environment to make mistakes.
Wonderful staff, all very supportive, they know basketball and are able to coach / train to young kids as well as high school / college. The facility is beautiful, the floor, backboards and rims are top quality. Unlimited monthly training is great as well as the Sunday clinics, great for boys and girls. Top quality, no reason to go anywhere else. We are very grateful that this facility is here in the Bay Area - Chris, Packie, Larissa, Bianca - they couldn't be nicer :)
We tried UPbasketball last weekend. My son and I were very impressed! They have a great facility. The staff is friendly, professional and really knew what they were doing. My son has played on several travel teams and worked with a few trainers/coaches on the Peninsula and in SF. He told me Packie at UPBasketball is one of the best he has worked with. They do not just training for an hour then leave. They warmed up, then worked on skills and fundamentals, and then moved into advanced skills and development. After the hour was over they sat and went through what was learned, assigned "homework" and set expectations for the next session. They are not cheap, but absolutely worth every penny! If your son or daughter's goal is to develop for high school and/or beyond this is where you need to be.
An amazing place to train. My son and daughter train there, and packie and larissa are really pro trainers and college trainers. But what's more impressive is that they love training youngsters as much as NBA pros.
As a bonus, sometimes, our sessions are between famous College Athletes and Pros. So my instagram is filling up with famous players.
What an amazing new spot! This is located at the old Nothing But Hoops gym... newly refurbished and under new management. The trainers that run UPB are awesome! Coach Packie and Coach Larissa are the real deal. If you're looking for a place to elevate your child's game, refine their basketball skills or simply learn fundamentals to set their foundation, this is the place.
A friend told us the old Nothing But Hoops gym was being renovated so we stopped by one Friday afternoon. We walked into a brand new gym... fresh paint, new floors and yes, remodeled bathroom! We signed up for the 5-8 year old clinic, 9-12 year old clinic and the 13-18 year old shooting session. All three are both age-appropriate and skill-appropriate. You get plenty of individual attention and the coaches take their time running the drills. They really work on making the kids better and improving their game in a fun and engaging environment.
I've already recommended this place to several of my friends and will continue to spread the word. I love supporting small businesses that work hard to provide a great product. Come check this place out... you won't regret it!
By the way, you'll also see college and professional players training with the two coaches... another sign that this place is legit.
Our son has been participating in Sunday morning clinics with Coach Packie and Larisa. They have a supporting cast of experienced players helping coach the kids and give all students the attention to work on fundamentals.
We have seen the improvement in their dribbling, shooting and foot movement since participating.
We cannot say enough about the UP Basketball team. Our boys have been participating in training classes at UP for nearly a year, and all three of them (ages 7 and 11) love their time there, learn so much about not only conditioning their bodies but their minds. Coaches Packie, Larissa and Chris are phenominal, blending positive, strengths-based coaching with incredible skill and talent. Amazingly they bring the exact same enthusiasm and energy to working with the kids as they do to their work with college-level and pro athletes. Bianca runs everything UP and is so positive, ever-available and helpful. Our boys have improved their basketball skills, but more importantly are learning about the mental piece of being young athletes. These are life skills they take with them when they walk off the court, as well as when they are on it.
Packie Turner and his team are by far some of the most genuine people I have ever had the pleasure in doing business with. Everyone a part of the Up Basketball team values the growth and success of each and every hooper that walks in the door. Truly remarkable. Bravo
Can't think of a better place for basketball players in the area to develop their game... this is as good as it gets. Packie and his team train NBA and Division 1 athletes, but have programs available for young kids and everybody in between. If you're interested in working with one of the best trainers in the country, check this out.
UpBasketball is the real deal, the trainers are best in class, this new gym in Burlingame is beautiful and the program is very well organized. What more can you ask for? My 10 year old son has been training with Coaches Packie and Larissa for the last year and we have stayed with them because they understand how to work with and help young people develop. They teach the game the right way by making it fun, improving skills, and providing an environment that is safe to make mistakes and learn. My son has been challenged with the drills and the skills training. He has improved and his confidence level has increased both within the clinics and leagues. The coaches also sometimes bring in guest players from the collegiate or pro level to help guide the kids which is cool. As a parent you are giving your son/daughter a gift by enrolling them here. Working with Coach Packie and Larissa is an incredible opportunity and a blessing. Bianca does a great job managing and organizing the overall program as it is extremely well run. She is welcoming to kids and parents alike and very responsive to questions. This is an all around great program. Highly recommend!