Pareto principle and practice design

September 25th, 2016


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Motor learning for coaches

April 15th, 2016

Our perceptions of coaching and what it means for player development

February 16th, 2016

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What are you practicing when you practice?

December 23rd, 2015

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Developing, evolving, and improving a drill

December 18th, 2015

For years, 1v2 was my favorite dribbling drill to overload an offensive player’s skill. The drill is simple: There is one offensive player and two defenders. The offensive player attempts to dribble to the basket at the opposite end and score, and the defenders attempt to trap and steal the ball.  Read the rest of this entry »

Stephen Curry’s pregame practice

December 16th, 2015

Crowds arrive hours prior to Golden State Warriors games to watch Stephen Curry warmup. He is famous for his two-ball drills, and everyone wants to watch Curry shoot. Read the rest of this entry »

Indecision with the ball

November 19th, 2015

A friend sent me an email with the following drill:

How to develop an explosive dribble

Only allow one dribble to get to the hoop after grabbing the ball off the chair to develop an explosive, fast first step.

Why use it

Too often players look indecisive with the ball in a game – give them a lot of first–step repetitions in practice so they are better prepared to attack in game situations.

Set up

Place a chair near the 3–point line at the top of the key. Place a ball on the chair facing the player. The player is in a basketball position with knees bent and hands ready to grab the ball.

How to play

Snatch the ball off the chair and attack the basket. The player is allowed one dribble. If the dribble isn’t explosive enough, then the player isn’t close enough to the basket to shoot the layup.

When the dribble is explosive, the player plants off the left foot and surges toward the hoop completing a power layup.


Players quickly learn they must explode with the only dribble they are allowed or be forced to shoot 10 feet from the basket. Institute a penalty for a missed shot, which makes getting to the basket and creating a higher percentage shot all more worthwhile.

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Fake fundamentals: Marketing or skill development

October 23rd, 2015

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Skills, drills, and too much of a good thing

October 12th, 2015

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The effect of game constraints on practice shooting drills

October 6th, 2015

Last week, I used a shooting drill that my friend Safa Kamalian introduced to me. It is a very easy set up: There are four offensive players and two defenders, and the offensive players pass the ball until someone shoots.  Read the rest of this entry »