Offseason leagues and empowerment

I coach an u16 boys team in a small, local league. The teams are unbalanced and range from u15s to teams filled with graduating seniors who are college bound on basketball scholarships.  Read more

End of the UNC vs Iowa State Game with FIBA rules

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Coaching a European Club – Week 27

This was a difficult week. It was kind of like coaching high school or college teams during mid-terms: tough to get the players to concentrate when they are worried about their exams and aren’t sleeping very much. That’s how we behaved this week in practice. I don’t know why. Read more

Coaching a European Club – Week 8

This was a big week for us, as we played in the first round of the cup competition. Essentially, here, as in most countries, teams compete in two competitions: the domestic league and the domestic cup. In many countries, especially those with more money for basketball, the top teams may also play in a continental league, like the EuroLeague. The domestic cup is like a year-long tournament; our first game was this week, and if we won, our next game was in three weeks. Read more

Coaching a pro women’s team: Learning FIBA rules

Published by Full Court Press Online, November 6, 2002

One key to life and coaching is the ability to adjust. Taking a job as the head coach of a women’s team in the Swedish Damligan has led to two months of non-stop adjustments: the language, being a head coach, FIBA rules, new culture, new people, new players, new league, etc. It is a learning experience, and fortunately I do not have to recruit; I have free time to process everything and see my mistakes and successes. It is somewhat overwhelming to adjust to the new role as a head coach, as opposed to an assistant, while learning the new league, culture and language simultaneously. I cannot say which is the tougher transition: going from coaching in the States to coaching in Europe or going from assistant coach to head coach. 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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