Cross Over

The Cross Over Movement Manifesto is 12 chapters comprised of the original chapters from the 1st Edition of Cross Over: The New Model of Youth Basketball Development with updated information.

When I published the 3rd Edition of Cross Over, I focused on coaching information and the long term athlete development philosophy.

Cross Over outlines the solutions that a coach or organization can make at the grassroots level to emphasize long term athlete development, the development of global players, and an athlete-centered philosophy.

To purchase Cross Over: The New Model of Youth Basketball Development as a paperback, check here; to purchase as an e-book, click here.

The Manifesto, the chapters which appear here, presents many of the problems plaguing youth basketball and outlines some structural changes like the Elite Development League.

The Manifesto


Early Specialization

The Current State of Youth Basketball in the United States

Free Play

Talent Identification

Introduction to Long Term Athlete Development

Coach Education

Coaching the Correct Level and Age-Group

United States Basketball Development System

Development Systems Worldwide

Elite Development League

High Performance Centers

Appendix: Parent’s Guide to Talent Development

Brian McCormick, author of Cross Over: The New Model of Youth Basketball Development, hits a home run with his book on youth basketball. This approach to long term development for all players, including elite level “ballers” meets the need for a substantive approach to basketball for young players. This is one of the few sources that is a quality book that hits the mark for players and coaches. I recommend it highly.

– Jerry Krause, National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Research Chairman and Director of Basketball Operations, Gonzaga University

In 2006, NBA Commissioner David Stern expressed his concern with the U.S. youth basketball system.  Cross Over: The New Model of Youth Basketball Development provides a template of long term development to create a better youth basketball system. Cross Over combines scientific research, interviews, teaching concepts and over 125 age-appropriate drills into one all-purpose resource for parents, coaches and administrators.

“Brian McCormick reflects on the fundamentals needed for youth basketball development not only in an American system but on an international level, thus giving a well-rounded perspective on how to improve the game across the world”

-Maurizio Gherardini,
Toronto Raptors’ Vice President & Assistant General Manager

“Brian McCormick shows us that it’s possible to develop elite athletes without subjecting young people to harmful overspecialization and burnout. Both parents and coaches will take important lessons from this book. If we could reorganize basketball and other sports as McCormick suggests, we could make youth sports into a more positive experience with lifetime health benefits.”

-Jay Coakley, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Sociology; University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

“As we evaluate basketball development in the United States going forward, Cross Over: The New Model of Youth Basketball Development offers a blueprint. Cross Over is written for anyone concerned with the state of basketball in the U.S.A. and offers real solutions for coaches at the grassroots level looking to remedy the problems.”

-George Raveling,
former NCAA DI Head Coach and Nike Grassroots Basketball

America is blessed with the best athletes in the world, yet as anyone who watched the 2004 Olympics can tell you, our basketball development system hardly creates the most successful team. Why? Because from ridiculously young ages like 10 and 11, they are overplayed and undertaught by a system that values short term success over long-term development. Coach McCormick has done his homework–and he has extremely specific, hands-on ideas from all over the world about exactly how American basketball development can work better. From learning good defensive positioning, to overhauling an offensive and corrupt system–it’s all in here.

–Henry Abbott of TrueHoop

Praise for the first edition of the book:

“It is fantastic to see a coach understand and clearly describe the process of long-term development via skill acqusition.  Brian McCormick has done children, the world and basketball enthusiats everywhere a tremendous service by writing such as well thought and comprehensive book.”

Brian J. Grasso
Executive Director

International Youth Conditioning Association

“This book is a thoughtful, well-reasoned approach to strengthening ALL levels of basketball in America. There are many, many ideas that will help coaches and the basketball fan will enjoy it, as well.”

Fran Fraschilla, ESPN Analyst

“Brian McCormick’s book “Cross Over” is a must read for all basketball coaches of every level, parents, and athletes. Cross Over may be about how to properly train basketball players but by no means does it stop at basketball. Brian’s concepts transcend every sport of how young athletes should be trained, and how over specialization and too much emphasis on playing the sport and not improving athleticism is actually hurting our athletes while other countries are following the proper sequences of developing athletes first and sport emphasis later. It is showing that we are not the dominant country as in the past in sports like basketball. Cross Over will open your eyes and show how it should be done”

Lee Taft

Brian McCormick’s book “Cross Over” is really a must-read for anyone involved in the game, but especially for parents and youth coaches.  It touches on the short-comings of the current youth basketball system in the United States, and lays out in detail how it can be improved.  As a former player and youth coach, I can say that his criticisms of youth training in the US are right on the mark.  And having played and coached professionally in Europe, I can say that his comparisons of the US and European development models are accurate as well.

Brian’s emphasis on a structured development model really is the right approach in my opinion.  His focus is on establishing a foundation of athleticism and basic skills.  As a player get older and progresses through the various stages of the model, their game begins to flourish as the foundation that has been established in the earlier stages meshes with new athletic abilities.  This approach helps keep the enjoyment level of the game high, and the burn-out level low.

Parents and coaches owe it to themselves, and their kids, to read this book.

Patrick Chylinski
Private Basketball Coach
(Los Angeles)
Basketball Tips

I just heard Hubie Brown speak at O’Connell last weekend. He was outstanding as usual but what he said is echoed in the book Cross Over. If I were an athletic director or the head of a youth basketball rec league, any person that wanted to coach in my organization would first have to read this book, understand the concepts and be willing to apply them before I would let them coach. It would be second only to a background investigation.

Brian Williams
Assistant Boys Varsity Coach
North County Senior High School,
Glen Burnie, Maryland

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