Fake fundamentals: Marketing or skill development

by on October 23, 2015
in Practice Design

The video above circulated throughout the Internet this week. Business Insider titled its article that featured the video, “Why the French are good at soccer.” Really?

In its video, BI wrote:

“It’s a part of a new training method called cogitraining designed for ‘faster decision-making and increased accuracy.'”

The drill looks pretty. It looks like a dance routine and reminded me of this video of kindergartners in China:

Again, it looks pretty, and you could argue that it demonstrates a high-level of skill for the age of the players. However, decision-making? How does dribbling a ball in a choreographed routine – soccer or basketball – develop decision-making ability? What decision are they making? They are following a routine, not learning.

People love this type of training. It is orderly. It appears to practice an important skill. The players appear to master the skill. But what is it really practicing? When does this happen in a game? Is there anything representative about the practice?

By Brian McCormick, PhD
Director of Coaching, Playmakers Basketball Development League
Author, The 21st Century Basketball Practice and Fake Fundamentals

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