The pool, post-game fun, and youth sports


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Athleticism and long-distance running for basketball

“‘What do you know about athleticism? What purpose do these long runs have other than to hurt your back?’ He [Pep Guardiola] chuckles again and continues: ‘Now they’ll come back thinking they’ve trained hard because they’ve had a 15-minute run, but it’s just placebo effect. They think that when they’re doing these positioning exercises that they’re not working.’ Read more

Data, Training, and Workout Propaganda

This article by Carl Valle on Mladen Jovanovic’s site is too good not to comment. I don’t want to blog about a blog, so I am going to highlight a few points that resonated the most with me based on my experiences. Read more

Don’t Kill the Beast

After writing yesterday’s post, I continued to watch the Pfaff seminar. In Seminar #4, he spoke directly about basketball. Read more

  • What Is A Playmaker?

    Who decided that a point guard has to be small? More importantly, what is a point guard? We expect a point guard to be a leader and have a high basketball I.Q. Why don’t we expect or challenge all players to develop this game awareness? Why rely on only one player? Read more →
  • The PBDL Concept

    English soccer academies wait until players are 11 to play full 11v11 soccer; in Italy, youth basketball players participate in skill-oriented clinics at 6-years-old, but start competitive games at 12. In the United States, kids play 5v5 full court games and compete for national championships when they are 8-years-old.

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  • Starting A PBDL

    The PBDL emphasizes learning and development. Presently, players and parents have numerous recreation options - leagues based on fun and equal participation, typically for beginners - and numerous competitive opportunities - teams focused on strategy, game preparation and winning. There are few true development leagues - until now.

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