NCAA Rule Changes: Adopt FIBA’s Rules

According to Pat Forde, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee is examining ways to improve the game, specifically to increase scoring and speed up the game. There is no need to reinvent the wheel: adopt FIBA rules. Continue reading

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The problems of a young head coach

Tyler Summit, the son of legendary coach Pat Summit, is now the 23-year-old head coach of Louisiana Tech University, and everyone seems to have an opinion. I don’t. I have never met the guy. However, I have been a young head coach.  Continue reading

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Shot selection – NCAA vs. Europe

During one of the championship games on Sunday, I sent the following tweet and received one reply:

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Gurus, Trainers, and Coaches

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

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The Freddy Adu Problem – Can We Generalize Talent ID and Development?

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

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Problems with Free Throw Practice


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Spring and Summer Camps and Clinics

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.

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Return to play after an ankle sprain

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

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Point Guard Training with San Diego State University

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

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Youth Sports, Health, and Nutrition

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

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