Pareto principle and practice design

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On-air drills and negative transfer

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Dynamic warmups, injury prevention, and bad habits

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Our perceptions of coaching and what it means for player development

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Game-Based Practices and Practice Planning

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Andres Iniesta and Small-Sided Games

“I started off playing small-sided. Everything grew from there.” — Andrés Iniesta

The 21st Century Basketball Practice

21st Century Front Cover

The game of basketball has evolved over the last generation, but basketball practices have changed very little during my 30 years in the game as a player, coach, clinician, and consultant. Today’s game more closely resembles the game that we played on the playground than the one that we were taught in practices. The 21st Century Basketball Practice is an attempt to modernize the youth and high-school basketball and catch up to the evolution of the game. Read more

Train like a Pro

Originally published in Hard2Guard Player Development Newsletter, Vol. 6

On another coaching forum, a post read (edited for brevity): “Brett Brown of the 76ers said that while it’s not uncommon for an NBA player to dramatically improve their shooting after they enter the league, very few seem to significantly improve their ballhandling. It seems to be a skill that players learn young or not at all.” I do not know if this is true, but I do not work with NBA players so I will take his word for it. Read more

Traditions Die Hard: Where is science-based or research-directed coaching?

The Internet makes information available like never before, yet there appears to be no changes in the way that the majority of coaches teach children. Last week, I worked out a college player during the lunch break of the college’s youth camp. I stayed and watched some of the camp. Despite having a limited number of players and enough balls for each player plus six baskets to use, I saw lines of players standing around and very little action. Today, I attended a practice in India and saw children dribble through cones for 40 minutes doing a drill that was taught at an NBA-sponsored coach’s clinic. Finally, I graded papers for my Introduction to Coaching practice plan assignment, and nearly every student started his or her practice with jogging around the field or court followed by stretching. Every student used a very linear model: stretching, block practice/technique drill, block practice/technique drill, scrimmage. Every sport was the same. Read more

Task Constraints and Jump Landing

Here is a second part of my talk at the Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group. This part centers on task complexity as it relates to jump landings and ultimately the prevention of non-contact ACL injuries in female athletes. Read more

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  • 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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