August 18th, 2016
Originally published in Los Angeles Sports & Fitness, May/June 2016
Coaches constantly encourage athletes to relax (often by yelling, which seems contradictory), but rarely does a coach explain or demonstrate relaxation or a process to relax. Encouraging players to relax becomes a throw away; something that everyone says, and everyone assumes the other person understands, but which has virtually no practical meaning. Read the rest of this entry »
January 14th, 2016
Originally published in Los Angeles Sports & Fitness, January/February 2016.
During a recent u14 girls soccer game, I watched the younger brothers play 3v3 tackle football between the fields. The parents were invested in the soccer game, and they never bothered the boys who ranged from 8 to 12 years old. The pickup football game was more interesting. There were no parents shouting directions or intervening when there was an argument or an injury. The boys figured it out on their own. Read the rest of this entry »
November 24th, 2015
Over the last few weekends, I refereed the end of the season tournaments for youth soccer; most teams were club teams, whatever that means, and some have professional (i.e. paid) coaches. These teams dutifully performed the FIBA11+ warmup or something similar prior to their first game of the day (rarely do they perform the same warmup prior to their second game, as they typically warmed up with passing or dribbling drills between fields). Read the rest of this entry »
June 8th, 2014
Originally published in Hard2Guard Player Development Newsletters, Volume 6.
A physical education teacher asked for help in designing his curriculum. He asked for the three to five exercises that I would do in every class with 4th-6th graders. Without knowing about available equipment, class size, teacher experience, and other important programing variables, I would play tag, crawl, sprint, and do some form of dexterity/coordination exercise such as juggling in every class. Read the rest of this entry »
September 23rd, 2012
In an old video, Kevin Cantwell said “it is very important to teach that the front foot moves first. Natural movement would be the back foot pushes the front foot forward. You cannot play defense like that because you will get beat. Alright, it’s not a natural movement so you’re working on that.” Read the rest of this entry »
April 17th, 2012
Over the weekend, I conducted four clinics with players from 3rd-8th grade. The players ranged from beginners to competitive AAU types. Some players were good; some weren’t. One of the first things that struck me was that most of the players could shoot weak-hand lay-ups. Read the rest of this entry »