Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Stephen Souky - Common Basketball Mistakes

As a youth basketball coach, Stephen Souky has helped many amateur athletes through the intricacies of the sport. While the rules and scoring structure may seem simple enough, there are many complicated issues in basketball that players need to understand in order to avoid being penalized in any way. Below are some of the common, yet costly mistakes that players make while on the court.

In basketball, traveling is when a player moves their feet without properly dribbling the ball. However, pivoting on one foot with the ball is allowed, so long as your pivoting foot doesn’t lift or slide. Some beginners will be so worried about being called for traveling that they do not think about the pivot privilege; however, it is one that can make a great difference in offense.

Shooting Over the Three Point Line
When a player goes for a three-point shot, it is essential to remember that the player’s feet must land outside of the three-point line in order to get the full three points. Some players make shots by jumping over this line and then get frustrated for not being awarded points, but it is the proper rule of the game.

Stephen Souky has helped many players develop their skills to avoid these mistakes.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Stephen Souky - Scoring in Basketball

Stephen Souky is a youth basketball coach who has led his tams to victory through showing them ways to score more points. In basketball, the scoring is quite simple, as a player can only score so any points in a given scenario. Below are the main scenarios in which points will be put on the board.

Single-Point Scenarios

Basketball players earn a single point for every foul shot they make. A foul shot is taken from the foul line, which is near the top of the key. A player can be granted one, two or three foul shots per penalty, depending on where the player was shooting from, whether they scored or not, or the severity of the penalty itself.

Two-Point Scenarios

A player’s team is awarded two points for every shot scored within the three-point line.

Three-Point Scenarios

A player can score three points in a single play through a few different scenarios. The player can make a shot from behind the three-point line; the player can make a shot inside the three-point line and be fouled, leading to an extra foul shot; or a layer can be awarded three foul shot attempts as a result of a technical foul on the other team.

Four-Point Scenarios

A player can score four points in a single play if the player hits a three-point shot while being fouled by an opponent, allowing for a foul shot.

Stephen Souky has seen all these scenarios and more happen in basketball.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Stephen Souky - How to Improve the Accuracy of Your Shot in Basketball

Stephen Souky is an experienced youth basketball coach who has led amateur athletes to championships. He is well-versed in teaching the fundamentals of the game to others, and he appreciates the importance of having a good shot. In basketball, points scored is one of the ultimate stats upon which players are judged. It is also the basis upon which teams are judged, as the scoreboard is the ultimate decider of every game. Below are some basic tips to improve your shot accuracy.

Establish a Guiding Hand
When shooting the basketball, most players will use one hand to push the ball into the air and towards the basket, while they’ll keep another hand to the side of the basketball in order to properly guide it towards the basket. Many players prefer to use their dominant hand as a pushing hand, so the other must be steady and ready to stabilize the shot.

Use Proper Footwork
The direction of your shot depends highly on the posture of your body, which relies on your feet while standing vertically. The better your footwork is, the better your posture will be when you take shots, which will improve your accuracy and gain a more direct idea of where to place the ball.
Stephen Souky teaches his players this and more so that they can become more effective shooters.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Stephen Souky - The Basics of Dribbling

As a youth basketball coach, Stephen Souky is skilled in teaching the fundamentals of the sport as well as helping seasoned athletes improve upon their own abilities. One of the first skills that a basketball player needs to develop is to properly dribble.

Dribbling is when players bounce the ball off the ground using their hands. In basketball, players must dribble the ball whenever they are in motion. If they move too many steps without dribbling the ball, they will be called for traveling. If they dribble, hold the ball, then start dribbling again, the referee will call a double-dribble. It is essential to be good at dribbling in basketball because it is the only way you can move around with the ball.

While it is important to be able to dribble with both hands, most beginners will often establish a dominant hand to do most of the dribbling from the start. Once you find that hand, start dribbling it while standing still. From there, you can start walking and eventually speed up to a running level. One you have become comfortable enough with your dominant hand, you should try switching hands immediately so that you can confuse your opponents.

Stephen Souky is the President of Niskayuna Girls Travel Basketball, and led his team to a 2015 championship.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Stephen Souky - Practical Tips to Building A Healthy Family Relationship

Stephen Souky grew up enjoying being around his family and believes that in today’s busy world, parents need to be ingenious in building a healthy family relationship. Family time is fun, essential and vital to a healthy family relationship. But how do you find the time to spend with your kids when you have a busy job. Here are some practical tips you can use to build a healthy family relationship.

Family Meals
One of the best ways you can spend time building your family relationship is by sitting down and having your meals as a family. Of course if you cannot do it morning and night, you might want to do it for at least one meal. Turn off the television and sit with the family and enjoy a meal together. The time spent at the dining table will help build a healthy family relationship. Talk to each other at the table, and avoid talking about work, but speak about anything else that the kids can join in.

Play Together
While you might not be able to do this every day, schedule the weekend for family time and play with your kids. If you kids like playing baseball or football, get them together and play a game of baseball or football. Show them a couple of tips and help them better their game. A good idea would be to go bowling with your kids on a Saturday afternoon, or do something that they like. There is nothing more important than spending time with your family.

Dump Technology
Technology has taken up a major portion of our lives, and we seem to be too dependent on technology. A good idea would be to turn off your electronic devices, phones, tablets, etc. and spend time chatting with your family. It would surprise you how much you can learn just by spending time talking with them.

Stephen Souky a resident of Niskayuna enjoys spending time with his family.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Stephen Souky - Important Things Your Business Plan Should Have

Creating an effective business plan is paramount to the success of your plan. Without a plan, you will have trouble executing your plan and seeing it come to fruition. If you cannot see where you are going, there is no way you will get there. Stephen Souky is an experienced accountant with twenty years’ experience in the field. Here are some important things your business plan should have.


The first thing you will need to do is create a content list for your business plan with details of the name of the company, address, phone number, including all contact information. You will also need to have a roadmap for the whole document together with the appendix of supporting documents.

Executive Summary

Your business plan should have an executive summary listing your propositions, and how the company can make money by executing your plan. The executive plan should be to the point.

Market Opportunity

You will need to explain your target market and what opportunities and threats exist. You will need to explain how you plan to deal with these issues.

Industry Analysis

Get real industry analysis to see what competition you could be up against. Who your competitors are and how much market share they control.

Operational Plan

You will need to be specific on the operational structure of your plan, how you intend to go about it with production, licensing, advertising, marketing, sales, cost structure, etc.

Financial Projection

Your plan will need to include the total investment cost and the expected return over the next couple of years.

Stephen Souky has over 20+ years experience in accounting and strategic planning.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Stephen Souky - Tips for Last-Minute Tax Filers

Sometimes it just seems that income tax filing time has come too quickly. If you have been busy with your business or work, you probably didn’t realize that it was time for you to submit your income tax returns. Stephen Souky is experienced in accounting and knows the importance of making sure you file your income tax papers in time. However, if you are late with your filing, there are a couple of things you can do.

Get an Extension

The first thing is not to delay your filing, but if you do not have the time to submit your taxes in time, you might want to take the services of a professional and ask for more time. If you file form 4868, you will be allowed to time until October 15 to file your income tax returns. However, you will still need to estimate how much you owe the tax department and send it in by April 15.

File Your Taxes for Free

The IRS Free File program allows you to file you tax returns for free. The program works with commercial tax software companies and offers free online income tax filing tools for taxpayers who earned less than $58,000 in the previous year. If you earn more than this amount, you will not qualify for the free tax filing program.

Free Tax Help

You can make use of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program for free tax filing assistance. If your income is relatively low, you can avail of this program to file your returns. However, if you plan to use the VITA program, you should do so before April 15.

Stephen Souky recommends starting early so that you are not caught up in the last-minute rush to file your returns.