The Rationale for Blitz Basketball

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The SABA Offensive System

Chaos and Order: Our bias toward organization

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Zen and the Set Play in Basketball

A Zen Story:

There were two temples, rivals. Both the masters….were so much against each other that they told their followers never to look at the other temple. Read more

Coaching Style or System of Play

coachLast week, while in Vancouver, British Columbia, the conversation turned to a very successful small college coach and his system of play. This coach employs the “Grinnell system” and is convinced that players love to play in the system. Many coaches believe the same thing about the Dribble-Drive-Motion: players today only like to dunk and shoot threes so they love the system.

I disagree. I see something else at work. I believe that players love to play. I think we view the success of certain coaches with a certain system and equate their success with their system of play. However, I think their success has more to do with their coaching style.

Generally-speaking, a coach who employs the Grinnell-system or the D-D-M is more tolerant of mistakes. He gives players more freedom to play. Many of these teams use more players, which keeps reserve players engaged. Their practices are more active because they spend less time reviewing 5v0 offensive sets and more time focused on dribbling, passing and shooting.

I think that the players respond to these things, not the particular system. I think that a coach could run any system that he wants and if he was tolerant of mistakes, gave players freedom, engaged the entire roster and ran active practices, the players would respond with the same intensity and effort.

Players do not have a favorite system of play. Players want to play, they want to improve, they want to feel like an important part of the team, they want to enjoy the experience, they want fresh challenges and as they get older, they want an opporunity to win or play in post-season tournaments.

Players respond to coaches who show them respect, teach them something new, empower them on the court and care about them off the court.

  • 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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