Coaching a European Club – Week 4

Last weekend’s three games in 18 hours certainly had lingering effects. On Monday, we talked about the events of the weekend, and I handed out the 24-hour Athlete information to the players. I asked the players how they felt, and they were tired, so we had a short practice. By our next practice (Wednesday), we were missing guys due to injuries (knee that swelled up after knocking knees, and returning pain from a foot injury suffered last season) and illness. Combined with absences due to work and a funeral, and we could barely practice mid-week in what I had intended to be our more intense practices of the week. 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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