Keeping Score & Changing Youth Sports

More and more, I think we blame the wrong things for the problems evident in youth sports. For instance, everyone blames AAU for everything bad about basketball, yet school teams often employ the same tactics. With young athletes, we often blame keeping score for the issues that arise. Neil Swidey writes about the issues of Read more about Keeping Score & Changing Youth Sports[…]

Athletes Rushing to Sport-Specific Training Sacrifice Self-Taught Skills and Imagination

Originally published by Los Angeles Sports & Fitness, Summer 2010. The Internet’s interminable need for new and original content makes web sensations out of five-year-old Little Leaguers and eight-year-old basketball stars. This season, various sports sites, including Yahoo! Sports, promoted dribbling sensation Jaylin Fleming as the world’s greatest nine-year-old basketball player. Last year, 6th grader Read more about Athletes Rushing to Sport-Specific Training Sacrifice Self-Taught Skills and Imagination[…]

The Intellectual and Moral Virtue of Coaching Basketball

Last week, I saw Shop Class as Soulcraft recommended for incoming college students. As I prepare to re-enter academia, I picked up a copy. Author, philosopher and motorcycle mechanic Matthew Crawford includes an extended excerpt from Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. The excerpt starts with Pirsig taking his motorcycle to a shop. Read more about The Intellectual and Moral Virtue of Coaching Basketball[…]

Developing Decision-Making Skills through Diverse Sports Participation

Steve Nash excelled as a youth soccer player before making his mark as an NBA point guard. Uruguay’s World Cup hero, Diego Forlan, was an age-group tennis champion before pursuing a professional football career. Former NBA All-Star Allen Iverson was an all-state option quarterback before leading the NBA in scoring. Typically, when mentioning the diverse Read more about Developing Decision-Making Skills through Diverse Sports Participation[…]

Can “Fundamentally Sound” Be a Negative?

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Several years ago, I trained two young players. Joey’s dad was a prominent high school coach. He had perfect shooting technique. His dad did not allow him to play in pick-up games or for an AAU team because he did not want any bad habits. He ran his own mini-clinics for Joey and his friends so they could play, though he structured their play and demanded precise fundamentals throughout. […]