Two-ball drills, transfer and inspiration

April 18th, 2017

Originally published in Hard2Guard Player Development Newsletter 6.4. Now available in Kindle and paperback. Subscribe to the weekly newsletter here.

After their practice on Monday, two teenagers from our women’s team worked along the baseline on a two-ball drill that I had introduced the previous week. This is my primary purpose for introducing challenging dribbling drills: To inspire players to practice on their own. We do not spend much time on dribbling. My men’s team generally practices dribbling on Thursdays when we have fewer players. With our skill workouts, we usually work on general dribbling in one of the two workouts per week. In the 11-12 hours of practice and workouts each week, we spend roughly 20 minutes on dribbling (of course, other drills, games, and scrimmages incorporate dribbling).  Read the rest of this entry »

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From Dexterity and Its Development by Nicholai A. Bernstein:


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Self-discovery in youth sports development

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Originally published in Los Angeles Sports & Fitness, November/December 2015.

During my junior year of college, I assisted with a girls’ basketball team in the HoopMasters AAU program. After several months, a mother asked if I would work with her daughter on her shooting. She offered to pay me.  Read the rest of this entry »

Creativity in coaching basketball

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“In action and adventure sports, creativity is always the point,” wrote Steven Kotler in The Rise of Superman. “Football is a matter of creativity and imagination,” said former French footballer David Ginola in Dave Wright’s Performance Soccer Coach. In basketball, one rarely hears creativity mentioned so prominently as in other sports. Soccer coaches constantly mention creativity. Last week, Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger went even further than creativity and invoked beauty: Read the rest of this entry »

Steph Curry, dribbling drills, and myths

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