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Midwest 3 on 3 Sunday Skills at Maple Grove Junior High


We are excited to announce that we will begin our reopening of Midwest 3 on 3 programming. 

Phase 1 will allow up to 10 athletes/coaches per court with no-contact. This also means we will not allow sharing of basketballs & will enforce 6-feet distance between athletes/coaches.

Phase 1 Programming
Midwest 3 on 3 Sunday Skills at Maple Grove Junior High

Who: Boys & Girls Grades 3 - 12
What: 50-min skills sessions; ball-handling, shooting & circuits
When: Sundays, June 14, 21 & 28; 3:00 - 9:00 with exact session times will be assigned after registration closes
Registration: $45 per individual. Friend and time-requests accepted. Registration will be limited to the first 54 athletes per grade.

Athletes will be placed in a 'pod' with similar aged athletes and one coach. A maximum of 9 athletes will be admitted to a pod. Pods will be assigned to their own full court with 6 baskets. Players will only use their own basketball. 

Skills Sessions Times
We will assign you to a specific session once registration is complete.
3:00 - 3:50 Youngest athletes will be assigned to the earliest time slots
4:00 - 4:50 
5:00 - 5:50 
6:00 - 6:50
7:00 - 7:50 
8:00 - 8:50 Oldest athletes will be assigned to the latest time slots

The following policies, practices and conditions are set forth to incorporate guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), and the federal Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) into our daily practices at Midwest 3 on 3 programming. Knowing that eliminating all risk is impossible, Midwest 3 on 3 is committed to providing an environment that is as safe and healthy as reasonably possible for all staff, athletes and families. To that end, we have developed the following Safety Procedures and Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continually monitor the COVID-19 pandemic; and as it evolves the below policies and procedures will be modified. Any changes to the policies and procedures will be sent in writing to all staff and families.

All staff & athletes/parents will be required to read this document and sign the Waiver/Letter of Understanding prior to participating in any events with Midwest 3 on 3.

We can't wait to see you at our Summer Programming!
More information about this program
Registration Link

Parents/Guardians will be expected to sign off on the below Assumption of Risk & Waiver of Liability when registering.

2020 Husky Summer Challenge

Complete 10,000 (or 15,000) shots and 1,000 minutes of ball handling from April 15 until school starts in the Fall... that is it!  

You're invited to join the group 'Husky Summer Challenge 2020' on GroupMe. Click here to join:

Coach Miller will be sending out messages in the app. Every Sunday night you will submit your numbers for the week by posting a message in the GroupMe App.  There will be a new contest each week on Monday. The winner of each contest will receive a special prize in the mail!!  

If you still want to do the challenge but don’t want to be a part of the GroupMe App that is totally fine!  Here is the link to the Shot Chart

Reach 10,000 shots and 1,000 minutes of ball handling you will receive a shirt and be recognized at the Andover Husky Youth Night that takes place in December. 

If you have any questions, please contact Coach Miller at

The Lab Athletic

Opening for training starting June 1, 2020


Basketball Training Options

Group Training:

*Each session is 60 minutes long

  • Ameh (The Lab Athletic)
    • 1x per week = $100 per athlete per month
    • 2x per week = $160 per athlete per month
    • Small groups of 2-4 will be allowed
    • Contact Ameh directly ( with any training specific questions or to get on her schedule
    • Click HERE to register for basketball skills training with Ameh

Private Training:

Price is $40 per hour. Deals available when several sessions are purchased upfront. Please contact Ameh directly with questions and scheduling.

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Midwest Basketball Training

We are offering smaller group classes for players of all skill level. Below is our schedule through the end of May.

Beginner Level Players 

Monday- 11am Ball Handling Basics 

Wednesday- 6pm Ball Handling Basics

Intermediate Level Players 

Monday 10am Rise and Grind 

Monday 7:15pm Intermediate Handles

Tuesday 11am  Intermediate Handles

Tuesday 11:30am 2 Ball Tuesday 

Tuesday 12:15pm Tennis Ball 

Wednesday 11am Intermediate Handles

Wednesday 7:15pm Intermediate Handles

Thursday 11:00am Triple Threat 

Thursday 11:30am Boot Camp 

Thursday 7:15pm Intermediate Handles

Friday 11am Footwork Friday 

Friday Noon Intermediate Handles 

Advanced Players 

Monday 8am Advanced Handles 

Tuesday Noon Advanced Handles 

Wednesday Noon Advanced Handles 

Wednesday 8pm Advanced Handles 

Thursday 8pm Advanced Handles 

Friday 1pm Advanced Handles 

Classes start at $6.99/class and include the recording. $5.99 for a package of 10 classes and $4.99/class for a package of 20 classes.

For more info and class descriptions visit our main home page. To sign up for a class visit the link below. 

MBT Class Schedule

We are excited to roll out some shooting classes coming soon along with our June training schedule. As an FYI, regardless of the stay at home order, we will continue to have a few online training classes on a weekly basis throughout the summer. 

Message from Andover Girls Head Basketball Coach- Blake Nichols


April is the official start of the "offseason" for basketball so I wanted to touch base with a couple different documents for the AGTBA players to use in the offseason to get better as players and to get ready for next season!

Our high school girls are using the theme "Kaizen" for the offseason. It is a word that means "steady improvement"...our hope is to get 1% better everyday for the next 7 months anyway possible! That doesn't just mean getting on a basketball court indoors for AAU or open gyms. Anything can get them 1% better. Jumping rope, stationary dribbling, form shooting, and much more! 

One of the documents is a "daily challenge" 5 days a week for the months of April through August. The challenges are quick and simple, but also great for the girls to get 1% better. The girls can certainly add more to these if they would like.

The other document is a made shot chart the girls can use for the offseason. The girls can print this off and record on it for each month! This is great to help them see their hard work and commitment and how it can help them grow as a player!

We plan on having our summer camp brochure sent out in the next week or so as well. I hope you and your family are healthy and doing well in all this craziness. Take care and reach out if you ever need anything!

Daily Challenge Document
Made Shot Chart

Blake Nicols
Head Girls Varsity Basketball Coach: Andover High School 
Elementary Physical Education Teacher: Anoka-Hennepin School District

Gold Standard
Remember Your Why | Bring Max Effort | Own The Moment 
"There is more to life than basketball...but there is more to basketball than basketball."-Coach Doug Novak

The Lab Athletic: Basketball and Sports Performance Training

For current prescheduled training options, please review the options under the "Training Programs" tab. For private or semi-private training options, please send an email to

Why Sports Performance Training?

Sports performance training (SPT) is training of the body and mind to prepare the athlete for the rigors of sports.  The benefits include: injury prevention, decreased wasted effort due to improper technique, increased postural control and balance, increased agility, coordination, speed, strength, and elevated maximum power output.

In contrast to personal training where the goal is to improve overall fitness and appearance, the goal of sports performance training is to enhance the athletes performance in competition to make them more successful in their chosen sport.  Using sound scientific principles and proven training techniques, we create customized and effective workout plans to increase athletic quickness, speed, agility, strength, and stamina.

Here are a few things that set us apart from standard strength and conditioning programs:

  1. We use a more disciplined scientific approach to training.  Our coaches are educated and certified specialists.

  2. We are technique orientated, focusing on proper mechanics and sound fundamentals.  We utilize a specific progression of training.  There is no “maxing out” , youth athletes should not being doing max weight.

  3. We limit class size to ensure more attention to each athlete and to be able to enforce proper technique and maintain control of class.

  4. We utilize integrated movements that focus on functional strength and neuromuscular efficiency, having the athletes work in all 3 planes of motion versus just one plane in which traditional strength and conditioning uses.

  5. We focus on safe, efficient and effective workouts.

Regardless to what sport your athlete plays, sport performance training will make your athlete more well rounded, versatile, functionally and mechanically sound all while increase speed, quickness and coordination.

The Lab Athletic
"Create your own legacy"
Stay up to date by following us on FB, IG, and Twitter! 
14216 Lincoln St NE Ham Lake, MN 55304 |(763)568-7580 |

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