8th Grade Elite Basketball Club
13U & 14U


Preparing For High School Basketball – Elite 8th Grade Basketball Training


The transition to high school looms large for 8th grade basketball players. High school brings older, faster athletes. More intense physicality. That’s why Colorado Lightning offers a comprehensive 8th grade program integrating elite basketball development with faith mentoring. We build 13 and 14 year old players’ skills and character, readying them for high school competition.


8th Grade – The Jump to High School Basketball


Moving from middle school to high school basketball represents an immense leap. The increased size, speed, strength, tempo and aggression of the game can overwhelm young athletes both physically and mentally. Experience against this elevated competition is invaluable. Our club helps 8th graders adapt through focused training and exposure environments that establish the abilities and confidence to excel at the next level.


Advanced 8th Grade Drills for High School Readiness


Relentless training develops 8th graders into versatile weapons ready to thrive at the next level:

  • Playing Through Traffic on Drives
  • Stop on Dime Pull Up Jumpers
  • Lockdown Perimeter Defense
  • Explosive First Step Past Defenders
  • Drawing Fouls and Clutch Free Throws
  • Running Motion Offense Concepts


Implementing High School Playbook Elements


Equally vital, players gain exposure to common high school schemes:

  • Multi-Option Half Court Sets
  • Full Court Pressure Triggers
  • Hi-Lo Offensive Concepts
  • Defending Down Screens Actions
  • Baseline Out of Bounds Plays


Questions About Our Middle School Club Basketball Program?


Want to learn more about how our club readies 8th graders for thriving in high school basketball? Contact us or check out details on our training approach here. We build body and mind for the next level.


Year-Round Tryouts for Elite 8th Grade Basketball Teams


We offer tryouts year-round for our top 8th grade rosters. Visit our tryout page to register your 13-14 year old.

We hold practices in the North Denver Metro area at Adams 12 schools and The Courts. Serving the communities of: Broomfield, Thornton, Northglenn, Denver, Erie, Westminster, Lafayette, Arvada, Louisville, and Commerce City.

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