At the youth basketball level, over-coaching runs rampant, with some grown men and women looking more like rabid dogs than the teachers and mentors they should be.
This approach does far more harm than good.
The problem with over-coaching at the youth level is simple:
It hurts development and robs young players of the joy of the game.Continue reading
I have a love / hate relationship with basketball stats.
On one hand, I agree with Marc Gasol who said:
“Stats are killing the game of basketball. A lot of things happen that you can’t measure in stats.”
While on the other hand, I can’t deny that — if used properly — the data produced from tracking basketball statistics can give your team a major competitive advantage.Continue reading
If you’re a basketball coach or fan of the game, the trend towards “positionless basketball” probably hasn’t eluded you.
Gone are the days of narrow and rigidly defined roles.
Today’s basketball belongs to players who have the skills to play multiple positions on the court.Continue reading
Coaching young people at the youth and high school level is an important job.
Aside from teaching the skills and fundamentals of basketball, a great basketball coach can have a tremendous impact on the life of a child.
The coaching community is in need of quality role models to enter the profession… and more importantly, young people are in need of these role models.
We need more people learning how to become a basketball coach!Continue reading
Practices are the time coaches have the biggest opportunity to impact the basketball skills of a player…
However, I constantly attend practices that are inefficiently run.
The coach spends half of practice trying to work out what drill to run next.
All coaches should be spending the majority of their time encouraging and providing feedback to their players… not working out what the next drill is going to be.Continue reading
Anyone who has played basketball likely remembers those four dreaded words from their youth and high school coaches:
“Get on the baseline!”
If hearing those words brings shivers down your spine, you’re not alone.
Running sprints has been a staple of basketball conditioning for many years.Continue reading