Youth Basketball Offenses: Principles, not Plays

Strength Coach Charles Staley’s newsletter refers to an article on Programming, which uses the example of different martial arts or fighting styles: Most Japanese and Korean styles of martial arts utilize a “technique-based” approach to self-defense. In other words, if your opponent throws a punch to your face, you defend with “technique A.” If he Read more about Youth Basketball Offenses: Principles, not Plays[…]

Motivating Players through Empowerment

Chris Ballard penned an article titled “The Hoops Whisperer” in the October 26, 2009 Sports Illustrated about basketball trainer Idan Ravin. In it, Ballard writes: “Failure to understand a player’s psyche is a flaw Ravin sees in the disciplinarian style of some coaches. Rather than empowering a player, they strip him of his authority. ‘At Read more about Motivating Players through Empowerment[…]

Learning from your Coaches (Bad or Good)

If you play long enough, you will play for good coaches and bad coaches. When you move into coaching, you often reflect on the good and bad coaches. Many coaches coach much like their mentor or favorite coach. However, is it possible to learn more from your bad experiences than your good experiences? Stanford University Read more about Learning from your Coaches (Bad or Good)[…]

How to Develop Better Passing Skills

Passing is a two-way street: the passer and the receiver. Most attention is paid to the passer, but oftentimes the receiver’s role is even more important or the cause of the mistake or turnover. In Vol. 3, No. 41 of the Hard2Guard Player Development Newsletters, I write about two concepts that I picked up at Read more about How to Develop Better Passing Skills[…]

Thinking Out Loud: Two Thoughts about Youth Basketball

I played in an old junior high school gym this week. It is easy to forget how small those courts are. The major change from youth basketball to the NBA is the length and width of the court. Most of the rules and other measurements (basket height, free throw line) remain the same, but the Read more about Thinking Out Loud: Two Thoughts about Youth Basketball[…]

Soviet Coach Education

By and large, amateurs coach amateur athletes in the United States. However, in other countries, a youth coach is a profession, and just like with other professions, coaches study to become coaches. From Dr. Michael Yessis’ Secrets of Soviet Sports Fitness & Training: The development of coaches in the Soviet Union is a scientific, well-planned Read more about Soviet Coach Education[…]

Coaching Youth Basketball in the 21st Century

John Kessell of USA Volleyball wrote a compelling article about coaches and their self-improvement titled “We Coach the Way We Were Coached.“ Well intentioned and even trained coaches enter gyms all over America, and train their athletes the way they were trained.  That the science of sport – of biomechanics and motor learning and other Read more about Coaching Youth Basketball in the 21st Century[…]