Players tap into passion while training with Hume Basketball

By Megan Managan | Jan 15, 2014

There might be few people more passionate about basketball than Steven Hume. Expect for maybe the kids he trains.

Hume, who played at Curtis High School and now runs Hume Basketball, trains local basketball players who share his passion.

While his program, which includes weekly workouts, isn't especially expensive – on purpose – he's the first to tell you, it's not easy.

"The kids know when they come to practice, at 7 p.m. they are suited up, ready to go at half-court," he said.

A life-long basketball player, Hume saw a need years ago to focus on the fundamentals. Helping young players learn the correct way to shoot a free throw and to become a better player.

Part of the way he helps players is through technology. For younger players, it's as simple as running drills with a larger size ball, helping them perfect their skills.

Older students will use the Noah Basketball, a computerized measuring system, which tells players exactly how many shots they made, the angle of those shots going into the basket and more.

Hume also has a Shoot-a-Way machine, which tracks where players shoot from, how many shots were made that helps players see where exactly they need to put in work.

Best of all, with all of the technology, Hume can virtually distribute the information to players online, allowing them to track their own progress.

"There's a leader board [of] kids from all over the country, so they can see where they stand and how they compare," said Hume.

Hume's program mostly runs at local gyms in the Marysville area, but players travel from all over, including a few from Burlington and Camano Island, to practice.

He specifically keeps the sessions small, between 15-20 players, to make sure everyone gets individual attention.

"I recently hired someone to help out," he said. "Every kid needs the individual focus."

Maddie Hill, an eighth grader at Cedar Park Christian in Mountlake Terrace lives in Mukilteo and has been working with Hume for the last year. Though only in eighth grade, Hill is a starting player on the Cedar Park girls basketball varsity team.

Her mom, Ellie Hill, said working with Hume has helped Maddie become a better player.

“It definitely helps,” she said. “It helps with the core principles.”

Ellie Hill echoed Hume’s own statement that yes, practice is tough, but in a good way.

“They can be really tough,” she said of practices. “He’s a great trainer and makes for a well-rounded player. We totally recommend it and have in the past to other people.”

Hume touts accountability in every practice. Players track workouts and practices on spreadsheets, which are shared with parents and coaches so everyone can stay on the same page.

Because of the kinship Hume builds with his players, they continue to stop by years after they finish high school and continue on to college.

"We have a dinner every year, all the kids who graduated, come to the house for a big spaghetti feed," said Hume.

There, he has players write down their goals for the year. They mail them back to Hume and he redistributes the lists to each player the following year to track their progress.

"We're doing more than basketball," he said. "I've had guys come back and say your practices prepared me for life, and that's what it's all about."

Despite using top-of-the-line and rather expensive equipment, Hume specifically keeps the cost for players low, which helps families afford to feed their kids passion for the game. Twice a week workouts with Hume run $100 a month.

While he trains players at local gyms right now, he hopes someday to have his own facility.

Though Hume doesn't offer practices in the Mukilteo or Edmonds area, if the right situation presented itself and there is player interest, he certainly would consider it.

To learn more about Hume Basketball and training with Steven Hume, visit www.humebasketball.com.

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