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Do you Practice SKILLS or Game SITUATIONS?

Do you Practice SKILLS or Game SITUATIONS?

Do you practice skills or game situations?      As I continue to look at the practice plans of coaches, I notice that most coaches focus on practicing Game Situations. Their practices are the ones that jump from one situation to another situation. For basketball, they may go from a transition drill to a defensive rebounding [...]

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How to Create Great Pre and Post Game Talks

How to Create Great Pre and Post Game Talks

How and What to say to your team before and after games. Please remember that EVERYTHING you say and do w/ your team should have a purpose. Coach K and Dean Smith both wrote about how every interaction was pre-planned. The message, location and tone were all thought out ahead of time to maximize the [...]

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Learning to Anticipate Where to Pass Before Receiving the Ball.

Learning to Anticipate Where to Pass Before Receiving the Ball.

Being able to anticipate where you want to pass a ball before the ball is in your possession is one of those factors that separates  average players with elite players. I was reminded this morning of this after I received my weekly newsletter from CoachRB. Great shooters prepare two passes ahead. Average shooters just one pass ahead. [...]

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Top 3 Reasons Why Your Practices Suck

Having experienced the thrill of coaching thousands of practices and watching others do the same, here are the top reasons why some practices fail while others are very successful. 1) No one told me about avoiding the 3 L’s Ask any veteran coach and this will be the first piece of advice they give rookies. [...]

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4 Must Haves for Coaches

4 Must Haves for Coaches

I originally posted this article on the SportsFitness Network site a few months ago. Many articles have been written about the importance of coaches reaching out and communicating with the parents. A pre-season meeting is now the norm as well as the use of social media and other technologies to keep parents posted of any [...]

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Follow-up to McCormick Article on Skill Development

Follow-up to McCormick Article on Skill Development

     In yesterday’s post Brian McCormick asks why are kids not learning basic skills in basketball. He points out that teams will run lots of plays and defenses but that the players don’t see HOW to play. He comments that kids also have zero athletic skills and can’t do basics like pushups and skipping.     Brian [...]

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Where is the development in youth basketball?

Where is the development in youth basketball?

This article was re-printed with permission from Brian McCormick, PhD. on Learn to Coach Basketball. Brian is also the author of  The 21st Century Basketball Practice   Where is the development in youth basketball? In the last two weeks, I have officiated 10 middle-school and freshmen basketball games, boys and girls. The complete lack of [...]

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New Years Resolutions for Coaches

New Years Resolutions for Coaches

This is a reprint from an article I wrote last year for Sports Fitness Network   Many of us have created a few New Year’s Resolution to improve ourselves personally. Usually these include something about losing weight or exercising more and will last for a few weeks (for me they lasted a few hours). However, [...]

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