What Is CereBall?

CereBall is a no-cost after-school program offered to 5th/6th grade elementary school girls in the Fremont, CA area that teaches students basketball using science concepts.

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The goal behind the program is not just to teach kids basketball, but also to help them understand the underlying scientific principles that govern the game. Participating kids will learn concepts like shooting trajectories, body movement and different muscles used for different actions and which muscle to leverage more for what purpose, peripheral vision all the way to neuroscience concepts; all of which help them train smarter for the skills required to become better at basketball.

2 Elementary Schools    43 Students    18 Sessions

About Me

My name is Isha Nambisan and I am a 17-year-old senior at Mission San Jose High School. From the first time that I picked up a basketball, I fell in love with the game, and have been passionate about becoming better at it every day. I started playing basketball competitively since 5th grade and never stopped playing, to the point that now I play competitively traveling to places like Portland, Vegas, and Chicago playing against some of the best competition across the nation.

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  • MVAL “All League” first team in the 2019-2020 (junior) season
  • Tournament MVP, Berkeley “Grind for Title IX” 2019-2020
  • Tournament MVP, Pittsburg Shootout 2019-2020
  • MVAL “All League” first team in the 2018-2019 (sophomore) season 
  • “All Tournament” selection for Wine Valley tournament in Napa in 2018-19 (sophomore) season
  • Mission San Jose High School Varsity player in 2017-18 (Freshman), 2018-19 (Sophomore), and 2019-2020 (Junior) seasons

Why I Founded Cereball

Strength training, cardio conditioning and skills training used to be the way to become the best player on the court. Nowadays, however, elite players also spend a lot of time training “the muscles above the neck”, which means brain training and mental conditioning.

The name CereBall is a combination of the two aspects of the program: Cere comes from the cerebral cortex and Ball incorporates basketball into the name. I founded CereBall because I wanted to share my love of the game with young girls and teach them the scientific concepts that govern the game.


Want to know what others think about CereBall? Check out these quotes from our past clients below!

“I want to thank you for all the time and effort you have put into this program. Karin had a wonderful time when she was a part of Cereball. She learned more about the fundamentals of basketball. She said you have a talent for teaching and that you were patient and understanding. Her exact words were these: “Not only did I enjoy the program, but I learned about basketball and the technique”. I feel you did a great job working with the class on teamwork from what Karin told me. You were always very organized with communication towards the parents. I hope more kids would like to attend Cereball.” – Maria Sandoval, Parent, April 2019 Session

“I would like to thank Isha Nambisan for her generous time in teaching techniques/coaching the girls with basketball.  I can state the girls looked forward to their weekly practices and gained insight on techniques.  Isha has such passion with teaching and her interaction with the girls was very rewarding.  I highly recommend her workshops.” – Jeanette Torres, Parent, April 2019 session

“Isha is super fun and makes basketball look easy. I learned a lot and had a lot of fun with my friends.” – Zoya, Student, October 2019 Session

“I highly recommend Isha’s basketball sessions. It’s very hard to find dedicated and passionate coach like her. Teaching is an art, not every person can be a teacher. She makes good connections with girls and teaches the fundamentals of basketball. My girl was always excited and looked forward to have a session with Isha.” – Arti Mangla, Parent, April 2019 Session

“I loved Isha’s passion towards basketball.  I was impressed about her professionalism, dedication and passion to make a change. All the best to you” – Anagha Joshi, Parent, April 2019 session

“Just wanted to let you know Mohini made the basketball team. I wanted to thank you for all your guidance and efforts in coaching these girls at CereBall.  You are an inspiration to these young girls. You are very passionate about basketball and it shows.” – Parent, October 2019 Session

“Wanted to let you know that Maha has been selected to the girls team. A big thanks to you as you are the one who inspired her. After looking at you, she showed real interest to get into the team” – Parent, October 2019 Session


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Is this program really no-cost?

Yes it is!

What should I bring?

You should bring tennis shoes, a water bottle, and a big smile!

When are the sessions?

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What will I be learning from this?

You will be learning the foundational skills of basketball as well as the underlying scientific principles that go along with it.

Is prior experience necessary?

Absolutely not! This program will start with the basics and slowly work its way to the more difficult concepts.

Who’s teaching this course?

My name is Isha Nambisan and I am a senior at Mission San Jose High School. I have been a women’s Varsity basketball player on the Mission team since my freshman year and have been playing competitive basketball for 7 years now.

Where is the program held?

At elementary schools in Fremont, CA

Got questions, comments, or concerns?