The Art of Coaching

“Bruce had a fine line to tread. He had to teach me to be more disciplined without dampening my love for chess or suppressing my natural voice. Many teachers have no feel for this balance and try to force their students into cookie-cutter molds. I have run into quite a few egomaniacal instructors like this over the years and have come to believe that their method is profoundly destructive for students in the long run.” – Josh Waitzkin, The Art of Learning (p. 9) […]

The ultimate cliche: We need to play harder

With a two-goal lead, Southhampton had a corner kick against Everton. After a poor clearance, and a loose ball, Steven Davis crossed the ball from the left side outside the penalty area toward the center of the six-yard box. As the ball was crossed, Southhampton’s defender Maya Yoshida ran straight toward the goal, in between two defenders who did not see or react to him, and headed in the third goal in a 3-0 win. The television analyst’s lazy, cliched explanation for the goal was that Yoshida “wanted it more.”  […]

ACL Injury Prevention and Task Complexity

An article published in the Strength & Conditioning Journal based on my presentation at Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group. Task Complexity and S&C article After clicking on the link above to read the article, below are videos of exercises that fit with the concepts. and and By Brian McCormick, PhD Director of Coaching, Playmakers Basketball Read more about ACL Injury Prevention and Task Complexity[…]

Teaching skills the non-traditional way

In The 21st Century Basketball Practice (available for kindle, paperback, or downloadable e-book), I contrast the traditional approach to skill development and practice with the 21st Century model. This week, I worked with the perimeter players for a college team, and below is an example of skill development from the 21st Century model, based on ideas from the book. […]

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 everything is astonishing. Many of the players are not fit (asking to come out after two minutes because they are tired). Basic coordination is lacking. Because the players are fatigued easily and uncoordinated, basic skills like dribbling and shooting layups become far more challenging than they should be for 13 and 14 year-olds, many of whom started to play on teams when they were six or seven years old.  […]