Overtraining Against the Law?

A friend sent me a link to this article about a custody hearing involving a “Little League Dad.” The father of two Long Island junior tennis prospects has been stripped of custody by a New York state judge who found their rigorous training schedule to be “overly burdensome, exhausting and completely unacceptable.” The Cavallero brothers Read more about Overtraining Against the Law?[…]

What comes first: lack of footwork or lack of calls?

In my volleyball game last week, the opposing setter used a “deep dish” set for the entire first set. Between sets, I asked the lead official if this was now legal. He replied that the setter did the same thing every time. I asked if that meant that my setter could catch the ball and Read more about What comes first: lack of footwork or lack of calls?[…]

Why All Basketball Coaches Are Role Models

By: Andy Louder You hear professional athletes all the time denying the fact that they are role models for kids. I have two conflicting thoughts on this. First of all, I don’t see how professional basketball players can deny the fact that kids look up to them more so than other professionals and follow them Read more about Why All Basketball Coaches Are Role Models[…]

Coaching for the Process or the Result

On another site, a coach asked for a play to run with his 12-and-under team in late game situations because only a couple players make good decisions with the basketball. The question raises several other questions: 1) What is the purpose of the team? At 12-years-old, learning and development should take precedence over winning games. Read more about Coaching for the Process or the Result[…]

Two Ways to View Basketball: Clocks and Clouds

In the May 2010 Wired, Jonah Lehrer writes about problems with MRIs in an article titled “Lost in the Details.” At the end of the article, he quotes Karl Popper, a philosopher of science who divided the world into clocks and clouds. “Clocks are neat, orderly systems that can be solved through reduction; clouds are Read more about Two Ways to View Basketball: Clocks and Clouds[…]

How much of a coach’s job is player development?

The April 19th ESPN the Magazine features an interesting question and answer with Stuart Scott in relation to former University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow: Alex [Japan]: But why wasn’t his [Tebow’s] motion fixed at Florida? Stuart: Did it need to be fixed? He won a Heisman and two titles there. Maybe he’s not NFL Read more about How much of a coach’s job is player development?[…]

Player Development and Information Overload

Today’s Los Angeles Times features an article about promising young center DeAndre Jordan and his growing frustration. As starting center Chris Kaman explains: “He’s got pretty solid hands and he’s aggressive. The thing I really like is his heart,” Kaman said. “He’s just a good guy. That’s gonna help him in the long run. He Read more about Player Development and Information Overload[…]

Zone Defense and Player Development

Many coaches feel that youth teams should not be allowed to play zone defense. They believe that man-to-man defense increases player development. The perception is that zones are lazy. It is true that zones can take advantage of young players’ lack of strength to shoot three-pointers and throw skip passes. However, for players this young, Read more about Zone Defense and Player Development[…]

Do Youth Sports Leagues Provide Enough Play?

In the rush to athletic achievement, myelin, 10,000 hours and deliberate practice have become the new buzzwords. However, what about play? In Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination and Invigorates the Soul, Stuart Brown M.D. defines the six properties of Play as: Apparent Purposelessness: done for its own sake Inherent Attraction: it’s Read more about Do Youth Sports Leagues Provide Enough Play?[…]

A Story of Athletic Talent Development

Originally published in the March/April 2010 Los Angeles Sports & Fitness. In grade school, everyone talked about the Morrison clan. At that time, they were four brothers (they added a little sister when we moved to high school) grouped between six grades, and each excelled athletically. He was the strongest, fastest child in his grade. Read more about A Story of Athletic Talent Development[…]