Can the self-fulfilling prophecy affect a player’s effort?

This post originated on twitter where I saw a coach post that it is okay for the hardest workers or best listeners to be favorites, or something to that extent. I warned about the self-fulfilling prophecy. This was met with skepticism, as if one cannot create a self-fulfilling prophecy for effort. Read more

Coaching a pro women’s team: The big win

Published by Full Court Press, January 30, 2003

The National Team coach traveled to the island to watch our team play Telge Energi, a team he picked as a co-favorite at the beginning of the year in a re-match of a game that we won on the road after trailing by 13 at half time (he picked us as one of the league’s worst teams). Telge featured three players who played over the Christmas break with the National Team, which did not count their best player, a young power forward who’s father was an American professional player, who was somehow left off the roster (we had nobody who was considered, and the National coach told my assistant he did not think my best player, averaging 18 points and 9 boards, was very good). 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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