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November 6, 2015 / Coach Acie Earl

Coach Earl announces his camps during december for shooting and dribbling over holidays-boys girls-2-12th grades

Coach earl has 2 holiday clinics this winter in december to keep your child’s skills sharp over break.

Dec 21-22 In the Quad Cities area at Sportstown complex -1700 Blackhawk trail rd, Eldridge 

Camp times are 11am to 2pm, 2nd-12th grades/boys- girls 

cost is 100.00 per kid. 

Dec 27-28-29th , in North Liberty =80 birch st, north Liberty, ia 

Camp times are 12pm-3pm daily , 2nd- 12th grades , boys and girls 

cost is 100.00 per kid, 

register by calling coach earl directly by credit card 319 430-2537

register online now

north liberty, ia 2014

nike holiday camp

August 23, 2015 / Coach Acie Earl

Venom sports boys and girls teams merge with iowa Elite

Effective immediately , Venom sports boys will merge and become iowa Elite.  iowa elite is a well known boys program, from the des Moines area for the last 5 plus years.  iowa Elite competes at the local and national AAU level with teams from 2nd -12th grades.

the Eastern Iowa Elite teams will play fall league in cedar rapids and tourneys all around the state.  players will have the option to play and practice with the Iowa elite teams in des moines as well.

tryouts for eastern iowa players will be aug 30th sun, 5-6pm at grantwood elem -1901 lakeside drive, ic, ia 52245, cost is 15.00 dollars


iowa elite

more info 319 430-2537, we take kids year around, so call for details

vsb 3/4th team

3/4th venom boys

August 20, 2015 / Coach Acie Earl

Venom Sports fall shootout final schedule

Venom sports girls-boys 8th annual Fall shoot out now open for registration-

click below for link to registration form –

way to go tigers


sCHEDULE -final thurs oct 22-6.43pm

Court A Court B
Team 1 vs Team 2 Team 1 vs Team 2
8:00 Iowa City Thunder Iowa City Little Hawks Davenport Team Quick Drills Iowa City Mirage
8:50 Cedar Rapids Storm Ottumwa Iowa Elite Blue/Black Iowa Elite Grey
9:40 Iowa Elite Grey Iowa City Little Hawks Iowa City Mirage Peoria Jems 7th
10:30 Cedar Rapids Storm Ames Swoosh Peoria Jems 8th VSG
11:20 Iowa Elite Blue/Black Iowa City Little Hawks Ames Swoosh Ottumwa
12:10 Peoria Jems 8th DM Purple Cyclones Iowa Elite 8th VSG
1:00 Iowa Elite Blue/Black Iowa City Thunder 2nd Pool 3rd Pool
1:50 Winner 2nd/3rd pool 1st Pool Peoria Jems 8th Iowa Elite 8th
2:40 Iowa Elite Grey Iowa City Thunder DM Purple Cyclones VSG
South East Junior High
Court C (Small Gym) Court D (Large Gym)
Team 1 vs Team 2 Team 1 vs Team 2
8:50 Iowa Elite 5th Peoria Jems DM Purple Cyclones Iowa Elite 8th
9:40 VSG Pink Iowa Elite 4th VSG Black Iowa Elite Davis
10:30 Iowa Elite Davis Peoria Jems VSG Black Iowa Elite 5th
11:20 VSG Black Iowa Elite 4th Davenport Team Quick Drills Peoria Jems 7th
12:10 VSG Pink Iowa Elite 5th Iowa Elite 4th Peoria Jems
1:00 2nd Pool 3rd Pool
1:50 Winner 2nd/3rd pool 1st Pool

mercer scanlon gym adress- 2701 bradford drive, iowa city 

south east jr hs gym -2501 bradford drive ,iowa city

late price 125.00 -oct 17-if available in some divisions only

115.00 loyalty price -if you have played in our tourneys before

print schedule here

Sorry parents if anyone has an earlier then expected schedule.  We had some some gym snags due to limited court space and not wanting to have 7.30pm or 8.30pm games.  we thought by being done earlier would be better for most teams since most teams were out of town teams and had a long drive back.  

coaches and team reps please see team check desk to fill out team forms , waivers and some late entry team fees.  parents there will be admission charged at both sites and only 2 coaches will be allowed in for free.   


5th-6th girls-vsg white , iowa elite 4th, peoria jems 6th , iowa elite 5th, vsg black- each team plays each other except the 2 iowa elite teams, best record wins championship, and so on for 2nd and 3rd 

5-6th boys -iowa elite grey, iowa elite black/ iowa city thunder, iowa city lil hawks,- each team plays each other except the 2 iowa elite teams, best record wins championship, and so on for 2nd and 3rd 

7th girls-mirrage, team quick, peoria jems- each teams plays each other for seeding then bracket play

8th-9th girls -iowa elite , vsg, peoria jems, purple cyclones-each team plays each other except the 2 iowa elite teams, best record wins championship, and so on for 2nd and 3rd 

11-12 varsity boys-ottumwa, team swoosh, cr storm,-each teams plays each other for seeding then bracket play

storm are champs

tri state storm

play in a early tourney to get your team back in shape before the Nov season.  Certified refs, medals and trophies for 1st and 2nd place teams.  3pt lines , full courts and ,low 3 dollar admission.

May 7, 2015 / Coach Acie Earl

Coach Earl announces his Nike camp dates and training schedule for spring and summer

Teams are made in the Fall and winter; and Players are made in the Spring and summer.  Im not sure who invented that phrase but it is 100% true.  The season is over and parents are happy to not be going to practices and tourneys on the weekend.  Kids are happy to come home and rest after school and go outside in the evening with warm weather.  But now with the great weather and time what are the kids and parents doing to improve their kid ?  Chances are mom and dad tells the kid to go outside and shoot on the hoop.  as most everyone has a hoop now days.  Most of us even have the hoops that are adjustable , glass backboard or even cemented into the ground.  But is it being used? or used productively ? Many times i ride my bike thru our neighborhood and I see many hoops in driveways.  almost always they are never being used and then sometimes when I do see kids on them, the hoops are down to 8 foot and kids are dunking nerf balls.

dani lyons


so it brings me to my point, not enough kids working on skills and improving.  As with any skill , if you dont work on it youl lose it.  Muscle memory has to be embedded with anyone, but more with kids as their brains arent developed yet.  Most kids are doing 2-4 sports so if they go from 1 sport to the other their skills arent set yet.

coach earl trains zack

coach earl and zack

So this is where coach earl come in.  Ive been training kids since 2004.  Boys and girls from 1st grade all the way thru high school.  Too busy as a parent?  other siblings to run around or just hectic work schedule?  then drop your kid off with me and let me improve them.  Even training 1 time a week, or maybe 2 times a week can drastically improve your child.

Cost is 20.00 for 1 hour and 25.00 for 1.5 hours.  in IOWA  city or davenport locations.  Call for more details 319 430-2537 .  Coach Earl trains Mon thru Fri in iowa city and Sun in both Iowa city and Davenport and /saturday by appointment only.  

For those who cant make regular training Coach earl does host 3 Nike camps and basketball thru camp wapsie in July and aug

cedar valley sports complex

nike camp waterloo

Click on the links to register below or call 1800 NIKE CAMP

Quad cities location in our 1st year.

nike wloo

nike wloo 1st year

Cedar Rapids location in our 1st year at the brand new Team Iowa 4 court modern facility.  All Team iowa players who register get a 10.00 gift card at end of camp.

north liberty, ia 2014

nike holiday camp

Our 2nd year at camp at the grand Waterloo /cedar Falls sports complex in downtown waterloo.  over 6 courts for the players.  Last year over 50 kids registered so dont wait.

camp wapsie

coach earl at wapsi

If your kid is at Camp Wapsie in the Aug session , sign them up for basketball skills to keep their skills up thru the week an hour a day with the link below

ipad, wrist and net sensor

shot tracker

Camp weeks dont work out ? then order the most innovative shooting device Coach Earl has over seen.  The shot tracker can track and record each shot a kid shoots and makes or misses.  On their smart phone or Ipad device, as the app is free.  The wrist sensor each kid wears on their wrist band or shooting sleeve.  The net sensor atttaches to the net. and then shoot away.  order from my store and get a free book ,dvd or training session.  Order here 

kenya earl with her shot tracker

shot tracker and kenya

January 9, 2015 / Coach Acie Earl

Venom spring fling 3-12th grades boys -girls -final results

This is our 8th annual venom spring fling boys -girls 3-12th grade tourney.  Our biggest event of the season as we get teams from all over the midwest.

winter 2014

vsg 6th

3 game guarantee, in some divisions 4 or 5 games will be played.  All games certified officials , player medals and team trophies for 1st and 2nd place teams.

March 14th-sat girls- thanks parents and kids for playing

March 15th-sun boys -thanks parents and kids for playing

School teams and AAU/Travel teams will be seeded and or split accordingly to ensure fair play and equal play when applicable

prairie hawks

prairie girls

Games will be played in Iowa City location  mercer scanlon gym

girls teams will play on saturday only

boys teams on sunday only.

General admission will be free for everyone.

belvidere girls


Register your team below link.


Divisions of teams confirmed


Girls-schedule -final results below 

spring fling 15

Court A Court B
Saturday Home vs Away Court B Home vs Away
8:00 VSG 3rd/4th Solon 3rd/4th Swarm VSG 5th
8:50 vsg 3/4 highland Solon 5th VSG 5th
9:40 Solon 3rd/4th Highland 2 Rivers Players Swarm
10:30 team ice keokuk purple cyclones vsg 7th
11:20 Tri State Storm 4th Solon 3rd/4th 2 Rivers Players VSG 5th
12:10 waterloo phenom Keokuk tri state storm fort madison
1:00 hancock Tri State Storm purple cyclones iw chargers
1:50 Tri Statejr  Storm Highland 2 Rivers Players Solon 5th
2:40 waterloo phenom fort madison tri state storm In da mix
3:30 hancock team ice vsg 7th iw chargers
4:20 Tri State jr Storm VSG 3rd/4th Swarm Solon 5th
5:10 ft madison in da mix waterloo phenom tri state storm
6:00 7th 3rd 8th 3rd 7th 2nd 8th 2nd
6:50 7th 1st 8th 1st

3/4th girls-vsg, solon-2nd , highland-3rd, ,tri state jr storm-champs 

5th –vsg-2nd place, solon, swarm- , 2 river players-champs

7th-team ice-champions ,keokuk 3rd place,  , hancock go shock -2nd place

8th-vsg-2nd  ,iw chargers, purple cyclones –

11-12th varsity-, ,waterloo phenom, N da mix, ft madison , tri state storm- champs 

Boys -start at 9am and games done by 4.30pm-all games at mercer scanlon gym 2701 bradford drive,ic ia

schedule final results below-

Court A Court B
Sunday Home vs Away Court B Home vs Away
9:30 Minneapolis Thu Team X Montezuma HS Team Swoosh
10:30 Team X Benton-Walmac In Minneapolis Thunder Montezuma HS
11:30 Davenport Next L Centerville Tigerha Jr Warriors 8th CR Storm
12:20 Team X Montezuma HS Benton-Walmac Inferno Team Swoosh
1:10 CR Storm Centerville Tigerha IntermeJr. Warriors 8th Davenport Next Le
2:00 Team X Team Swoosh Minneapolis Thunder Benton-Walmac I
2:50 CR Storm Davenport Next Lev Interme Jr. Warriors 8th Centerville Tiger
3:40 Minneapolis Thun Team Swoosh Montezuma HS Benton-Walmac I

9-10jv- cedar rapids jr warriors 8thcedar rapids storm , davenport next level-2nd place, centerville tigerhawks-champs

11-12 varsity-team swoosh, benton-2nd place,   team x, montezuma – minn thunder- champs

January 8, 2015 / Coach Acie Earl

Coach Earl’s Nike skills dribbling/shooting holiday camp dec 29-30 a big sucess

While most kids were eating Holiday goodies over break about 27 boys and girls grades 2nd-12th were working on their skills in North Liberty.

ll boys group

nike camp-holiday dec

Coach earl has now ran 2 camps for Nike skills, with the 1st one last summer in Waterloo ,Ia.  There are now plans to do 2 in summer 2015 in Waterloo and Cedar Rapids area July 13-22nd.  Call 1800-nike -camp to register next summer.

north liberty, ia 2014

nike holiday camp

All kids at camp received a camp Nike shirt, evaluations , certificates, wrist bands and the kids who pre-registered  received a Nike camp ball.

brand new courts

cedar valley sports complex

November 26, 2014 / Coach Acie Earl

Coach Earl announces new partnership with SHOT TRACKER

Over the years for Coach Earl has seen and tested many basketball devices, machines and apps in his basketball life.  From dribble goggles, big balls, dribble pro balls, weighted balls, post blocking pad, shooting machines, cones, speed-agility ladder, shooting hand place placement ball, weighted vest, ankle and arm weights, Noah shooting arc.  All those were and are good devices and many of them I have used personally and bought for my teams and my very own kids.

But I am here to tell you , Coach Earl has now found the the best and most innovative basketball device I’ve ever seen.  This device please click to view below

This new device is timeless and not age or gender specific.  Some of those devices above I listed are good for young kids but as kids get older and better they lose their value.  Some of the devices can’t be used by young kids as they are not strong enough or big enough to get the value of it.  Again this new device is timeless, as my 3rd grader and my 10th grader can get equal value of the SHOT TRACKER.

order it here

Now as a parent/dad/Coach , the biggest thing you always ask your kids , Did you shoot today?  Ok you did, how many did you Make ?  So over time, what happens , they lie, over calculate , or just don’t remember how many they made or shot.  So as parents, we get smart and we have them create a ledger, make a sheet, or record in a notebook.  Then over time , it gets lost, they forget it in their bags, or at home ,or it gets so crumpled up and its worthless.  Or again they inflate the makes and shots as we don’t know how hard or fast they shot, game speed or training speed.

So  again this device solves any problem you might have had above.  Plus it uses technology we all have, we all have access to an Ipad and we all have smart phones, either android/galaxy or Iphone.  The apps are free to download so its no additional cost. Plus all the kids are tech savy so its easy to use.  Most of all ,as a dad or coach you can see what your kid has done shooting wise.  No more ,yes dad I shot, yes coach I’ve been practicing all summer.  You as a coach can download the free coaches app and be able to track all your players or kids shooting progress.  It automatically measures 3 pt shots, free throws , lay ups and just regular shots.  So no more guessing or stopping to note or record the shots and makes.  All the apps are avail on samsung or the apple store again free.

The 2 part device works like this.  The motion chip is embedded in a wrist band or shooting sleeve, which both come with the device free.  The sensor is a 2×2 inch plastic clip on device that clips strongly to the net.  The plastic clip is rechargeable by a usb cord like a phone or ipad device so never needs batteries.  The clip on is portable as well so it can be taken to any gym or hoop.  All the info is sent to your phone and or ipad and stored for life.  All this for the reasonable price of only 149.00 plus shipping coming from Kansas City.

order now-5 to 7 days

ships quickly and cheap

I was so impressed with the company I met with them this Fall, as the COO/ co founder of SHOT TRACKER  came to my hotel while one of my Venom teams were playing in a tourney.  They loved what I was doing for youth ball as a coach and trainer and offered to make me a sales rep.  For each device sold from our Venom store ,each client will receive a free book or dvd from me as a token of my appreciation.  So dont wait to order now , as they can have it to you in 5-7 days from order online below.


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