The most fundamental of basketball fundamentals

Over the weekend, I conducted four clinics with players from 3rd-8th grade. The players ranged from beginners to competitive AAU types. Some players were good; some weren’t.  One of the first things that struck me was that most of the players could shoot weak-hand lay-ups. Read more

Skill Development and Strength & Conditioning Coaches

Here are my slides from my presentation at the Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group conference hosted by Northeastern University today: Read more

Athleticism and athletic flaws

Originally published in Hard2Guard Player Development Newsletters, Volume 4.

Stability, Sport and Performance Movement by Joanne Elphinston concludes with a couple important points: Read more

Four-Corner Passing Drill

Here is the Four-Corner Passing Drill from the Playmakers Basketball Development League Transition League curriculum:

Owl Passing Drill

Here is the Owl Passing Drill from the Playmakers Basketball Development League Transition League curriculum:

  • 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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