Tag Archives: skill development

Don’t stir the pot: When not doing anything is doing something in coaching

“Chefs stir the pot because they want to feel like they are doing something. But I tell my chefs that observing is doing something. That’s why I don’t listen to music when I cook. You hear that?” he [Linton Hopkins, … Continue reading

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Who’s in charge of a player’s development?

After I wrote about the growing disparity in girls basketball, I and a couple others engaged in an email discussion about my article and another similar article. One high school coach suggested that the disappearing club programs was not a … Continue reading

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Comparison of Physical Activity in Small-Sided Basketball Games Versus Full-Sided Games

ABSTRACT Organized youth sports leagues attempt to meet many goals. Three primary needs for a youth sports league are to meet the participants’ desires, provide quality learning experiences, and develop the competencies needed for continued participation. Possessing the ball, shooting … Continue reading

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Drills, Games, and Problem Solving

My topic for the B.C. Basketball Youth Coaching Summit was games to use for skill development with children. The summit was geared for the coaches of 8-14 year-olds. Fortunately, I have a decent number of games and drills that I … Continue reading

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AAU, High School Basketball, and the Question of the Off-Season

The debate about AAU/club basketball and high-school basketball is nothing new. Every year, it seems, supporters of each faction argue about the pros and cons of each, as if each is a single entity. As I have written previously, the … Continue reading

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There is no mystery in the decline of post play in basketball

The Atlantic had an article about the mystery of the disappearing post player that is filled with excuses and problems, but few answers. If one wants to explain the disappearance of back-to-the-backet post play simply, the answer is a lack … Continue reading

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Chapter 13: The United States Basketball Academy

The following is the original Chapter 13, in its entirety, from Cross Over: The New Model of Youth Basketball Development, 2nd Edition, published in 2007. Since publishing Cross Over’s First Edition in April 2006, youth basketball reform has transfixed the … Continue reading

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Chapter 14: The Elite Development League

The following is the original Chapter 14, in its entirety, from Cross Over: The New Model of Youth Basketball Development, 2nd Edition, published in 2007. It builds on Chapter 13, which can be found here. Recently, the English Football Association’s … Continue reading

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Do Systems Develop Better Basketball Players? A brief examination of one European club, a typical AAU schedule, and a typical high school team

Note: I originally wrote this on June 2, 2009 on another site. Last week, I wrote about the weekly training schedule for the Unicaja Malaga junior teams. How does that schedule compare to the typical schedules of an AAU team … Continue reading

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Is LeBron James’ Passing Ability Exaggerated Just Because He’s Tall?

Throughout the NBA Finals, I have seen multiple tweets commenting on the brilliance of LeBron James’ passing…for a tall player. Why should height matter when evaluating one’s passing ability? All things being equal, shouldn’t a taller player have an advantage … Continue reading

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