Youth Basketball Schools Initiative

Originally published in Cross Over: The New Model of Youth Basketball Development, Volume 1 & 2.

Beyond the Academy, High Performance Centers and the Elite Development League, how can we improve the development system for all players, regardless of level? The above changes cater to the elite players: how do we improve the system for the recreational, developmental and competitive players who have yet to transition to “elite” or perhaps never will?  Read more

How do we show our values in youth sports?

Every time that I speak to a youth organization, they emphasize the constraints that they face to improve the coaching in their organization. The two primary constraints are finances and volunteer coaches. These seem to be fate de complis for youth organizations. Read more

Cross Over: The New Model of Youth Basketball Development Book Reviews

On Amazon.com, I saw the following two reviews of Cross Over: The New Model of Youth Basketball Development:

Ross Cronshaw:

Brian McCormick’s books have completely changed the way I coach basketball. The systematic way he builds through age groups, providing detailed research to back himself up, is great. He is also not afraid to take established basketball concepts and ask “Why do we do it this way, would it not make more sense to do it another way”?, and actually backs it up with some logical concepts of his own is inspirational.

I have this book, plus most of Brian’s other books, and use them at every training I do, from 4 year olds to men’s teams, and have had great success so far. No other author has changed my opinions as much, I am definately part of the “Crossover Movement”.

Pat Flanders:

This is the single best resource for youth basketball coaches. McCormick is unique in that he frames his philosophy of coaching basketball around the larger issues of youth athletic development, developing in kids a solid foundation of fundamentals, and recognizing that becoming an excellent basketball player involves a whole lot more than just one-on-one moves. The book gives concrete examples of drills for different ages and skill levels, but behind all of this is his research and well-developed opinions on how to help kids grow in ways that are appropriate for their age and development level. i’m a youth basketball coach and am frustrated by the number of people who call themselves coaches, but want nothing more than to create petri dishes that grow individual superstars. McCormick’s book takes into account the game of basketball and how developing as a player requires understanding the game, having skills that are not just basketball-related, and the fact that there’s no point in doing any of this if the kids aren’t enjoying it.

Cross Over: The New Model of Youth Basketball Development is available through Lulu.com.

Praise for Cross Over The New Model of Youth Basketball Development

I received this email this week about Cross Over: The New Model of Youth Basketball Development:

Coach,

I just finished reading the Third Edition of your book. I am an NSCA certified strength and conditioning coach, and a former collegiate strength coach.  I left the field to become a PE teacher in a stable job environment to raise my children. I am very impressed with the book.

I am in my fourth year of coaching 5th & 6th grade basketball, and I never played basketball in an organized setting.  I have had to learn a lot. Your book has been great.  It has convinced and challenged me about the way I have been coaching, and it has shed a lot of light on strength and conditioning with this age group.

I am confident you have authored the single most important book ever written on basketball and athletic development, and I have read many.

Thank you,

Tavis, Arkansas

Cross Over is available as a paperback through Lulu.com or Amazon.com.

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