The headline on CNNSI read, “Malzahn forbids QB guru work.” I clicked on the short article, and Auburn University football coach Gus Malzahn was prohibiting his second-year quarterback Nick Marshall from working in the off-season with QB guru George Whitfield. Because Marshall retains college eligibility, these situations obviously involve questions about payment for the guru, as well as whether or not the guru is as good as advertised. I have no answers for those questions. Continue reading
Professional sports depend upon two related, but distinct processes: talent identification and talent development. When we talk about one’s potential, we are identifying talent, or the potential talent. However, these athletes do not always meet expectations. This can be attributed to poor talent identification, poor talent development (from the organization’s perspective), or other factors (psychological, social, etc), as the talent development process is complex. Continue reading
If anyone is interested in organizing a camp or clinic in the late spring or summer, please contact me. I am trying to organize the dates now.
I am trying to organize a late spring date to return to Chicago, and we are finalizing the dates in early August for our second annual camp in Bellaire, Michigan. If anyone in the midwest would like to piggyback on either of those clinics, please let me know. Also, it appears increasingly likely that I will be involved with some camps in Southern California in June/July.
Last night, I watched our u18 girls play. Late in the first half, a player twisted her ankle and left the game. With her eyes tearing, she went to the end of the bench where her best friend attempted to help her by taking off her shoe, and the assistant women’s coach immediately got an ice pack for her. Continue reading
In the past, I have criticized the media’s characterization of players workouts because of the perception that dribbling a basketball up and down the court is synonymous with playing point guard. I questioned, for instance, the idea that Monta Ellis playing 1v1 with an assistant coach or O.J. Mayo doing dribbling drills was training to be a point guard. I suggested that Mayo instead “spend a lot of time breaking down videotape to see the visual progressions that great point guards use.” Continue reading
Since I read the article by Ken Berger about Dwight Howard’s sugar addiction in the weeks before Christmas, I have been thinking about nutrition. Nutrition is far from my expertise, and I try to avoid it for a number of reasons, but I am starting to believe that I am shirking a responsibility. Continue reading
Yesterday, I took a couple of my players through a new resistance training routine. As we talked, recovery came up, and one player said, “You don’t really believe in recovery, do you?” This after talking about the importance of sleep and nutrition after the previous practice and handing out the 24-hour athlete handout earlier in the season. Continue reading
Originally published in Brian McCormick’s Hard2Guard Player Development Newsletters, Volume 4. After seeing numerous discussions of the importance of the core, I decided to re-post this article from my book.
During a high school all-star training camp last weekend in Los Angeles, Draft Express’ Jonathan Givony tweeted about the players’ inability to hold basic yoga positions. He further blamed these athletes’ weak core strength and commented about his disbelief. Continue reading
During my first year of my doctoral program, I tried out a bunch of the activity classes. I convinced the department that it would enhance my teaching if I could take classes from other instructors (for free!!) to learn from them. I dabbled in several classes, but stuck with Pilates for an entire semester (primarily because the time frame fit perfectly). Continue reading