Press Release: The 21st Century Basketball Practice

by on November 12, 2014
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CONTACT: Brian McCormick, (916) 628-5134



“Tremendous amounts of learning occurred on the playgrounds and during pickup games for people of a certain generation, and players today often miss this learning to attend organized practices or sessions with a skill trainer. The 21st Century Basketball Practice attempts to reincorporate this learning that once occurred in unstructured settings.”

LAS VEGAS, NEW MEXICO, November 12, 2014 – Basketball has evolved over the last 30 years, but basketball practices have hardly changed, despite the increasing interest, research, and technology. Professional basketball coach Brian McCormick, Ph.D. (University of Utah, 2013) has combined his practical experience coaching everything from CYO to European professional basketball with his educational experience to produce a book that explains a modern approach to the basketball practice.

Rather than view the team as controlled from the top down by a coach pulling the strings, The 21st Century Basketball Practice approaches the team and the game as a dynamic system, like a swarm of bees, and uses a constraints-led approach to coaching and teaching skills. Whereas the traditional approach to coaching separates skills into blocks of shooting, passing, dribbling, and more, The 21st Century approach teaches through the game by manipulating the tasks. This approach maintains the important perception-action coupling that is vital to the execution of skills in a game.

Based on the latest research from motor learning and sports psychology, The 21st Century Basketball Practice is a practical book. Rather than list drills, it explains how to create drills to solve specific problems that may arise for a coach or team. Through this approach, the number of drills is limited only by the coach’s imagination. It addresses what to do and what to say at practice. The purpose is to demonstrate an approach that promotes better performance in games.

The 21st Century Basketball Practice is McCormick’s 17th book for basketball coaches. His books have been purchased in more than 40 countries. To purchase The 21st Century Basketball Practice, go here for Amazon Kindle, here for paperback, and here for an e-book (PDF).

McCormick is available for interviews and appearances. For booking presentations, media appearances, interviews, and/or book-signings contact

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