Look, more point guard drills!!

May 23rd, 2016

Because nothing says, “I’m training to be a point guard” quite like staring at the ground while dribbling with your coach pushing you in the chest.


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The Myth of Personal Trainers

May 7th, 2015

Originally published in Los Angeles Sports & Fitness, March/April 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Shooting Coaches and Evaluating Improvement

January 17th, 2015

During the preseason, I watched the shooting guard at the local college work out. Last season, she shot 14% from the three-point line. She did not have the shooting technique of a 14% shooter. Read the rest of this entry »

Motor learning theory, basketball skill trainers, and skill development

March 26th, 2012

Originally published in Hard2Guard Player Development Newsletters, Volume 5, available as a paperback or Kindle. To subscribe to the newsletter, go here

Whenever I write about trainers, trainers respond. Trainers tend to be defensive because the industry is not established fully. Many do not understand the reason or need for basketball trainers. As a basketball trainer, I see both sides of the issue. Read the rest of this entry »

The Basketball Business: Basketball Skill Trainers and Hype

September 9th, 2009

On a message forum, a dad asked for a really good trainer for his son (he did not specify his age). He said only a trainer with experience working with college and pro players need apply, and he made a derogatory remark toward youth basketball trainers. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Basketball Skill Trainers Fail

May 1st, 2009

In today’s game, almost everyone uses a basketball skill trainer of some kind. Players work with an individual coach on general skills or have a shooting coach to work on their shot or they attend a weekend clinic with a trainer to do a variety of drills. Read the rest of this entry »

Deliberate practice: The maintainer or the trainer

January 10th, 2009

I was a basketball trainer, one of the legions of former players and coaches who earn an income working privately with basketball players. To some, this is evidence of an epidemic of misplaced priorities, as young players seek additional coaching and training much like a professional athlete; however, to others it offers hope to young athletes motivated to work hard and succeed. It depends on one’s perspective. Read the rest of this entry »