Hard2Guard Player Development Newsletter
Category Archives: Movement Skills
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 … Continue reading
“It takes two to make a very great career: The man who is great, and the man– almost rarer– who is great enough to see greatness and say so.” – Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead
In the video below, Kevin Cantwell says “it is very important to teach that the front foot moves first. Natural movement would be the back foot pushes the front foot forward. You cannot play defense like that because you will … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
I am working with a freshmen team, and the players look at me like I am crazy with some of the things that I teach. Every player admitted that he had been told/taught never to cross his feet on defense. … Continue reading
I watched at least 10 girls basketball games today, and girls should not play basketball. The movement skills of these players was so poor that the actions of basketball put nearly every player at severe risk for injury.
Last month, the New York Times ran another article on ACL injuries featuring UConn guard Caroline Doty. After explaining some issues related to the incidence of the injuries, the author takes a shot at volunteer youth coaches:
In a recent issue of Hard2Guard Player Development Newsletters, I wrote about an off-season workout where the strength & conditioning coach allowed players to work with poor movement habits when changing directions.
The Big 10 was beset by injuries this season. University of Michigan, however, escaped relatively unscathed, thanks to its strength and conditioning coach Mike Curtis: “I wanted to come in and set a foundation for improving their movement,” Curtis said. … Continue reading