Learning to relax to improve sports performance

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 »

Winning more games with a better warmup

March 16th, 2016

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Dynamic warmups, injury prevention, and bad habits

February 28th, 2016

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Searching for elite athletic talent

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 »

When part practice goes wrong

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 »

Drills, movement, and the false step

June 17th, 2015

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Movement Skills and Games

January 20th, 2015

Every day P.E. activities for 4th-6th graders

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 »

The most fundamental of basketball fundamentals

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 »