My 2016 Reading List

December 25th, 2016

In the tradition of lists from 2014 and 2015, here is my reading list for 2016.

The year started with the publication of my latest book, 21st Century Guide to Individual Skill Development. I tired of writing basketball/coaching books and decided to take a stab at fiction. I have written most of a pilot for a TV show, a reality TV show proposal, a documentary proposal, and have worked as a writer and researcher on another documentary. I also started an additional screenplay and a novel, in addition to beginning  another instructional book. Consequently, I read more fiction and books on writing than I did basketball, strength & conditioning, or training books. Read the rest of this entry »

My 2015 Reading List

December 15th, 2015

Last year, I produced a list of the best books that I read in 2014, inspired by Verb Gambetta, and throughout the year, I have been asked for book recommendations (Of course, my first recommendations are the four books that I wrote in 2015: Fake Fundamentals, SABA: The Antifragile Offense, Fake Fundamentals Volume 2, and 21st Century Guide to Individual Skill Development). This year, I decided to publish the list prematurely in the event that people needed a Christmas present for their favorite coach, parent of an athlete, or athlete. Read the rest of this entry »

My 2014 Reading List

January 2nd, 2015

Inspired by Vern Gambetta, I decided to put together a link of the relevant books that I read throughout 2014. Because I spent the first half of the year making five-hour bus trips for games nearly every Saturday, I had a chance to read a decent number of books this year (although nothing like Coach Gambetta), many of which contributed to my free weekly newsletter. The list is loosely in the order in which I recommend the books to a coach, although everyone’s interests differ. Enjoy. Read the rest of this entry »

The 21st Century Basketball Practice

November 14th, 2014

21st Century Front Cover

The game of basketball has evolved over the last generation, but basketball practices have changed very little during my 30 years in the game as a player, coach, clinician, and consultant. Today’s game more closely resembles the game that we played on the playground than the one that we were taught in practices. The 21st Century Basketball Practice is an attempt to modernize the youth and high-school basketball and catch up to the evolution of the game. Read the rest of this entry »

Press Release: The 21st Century Basketball Practice

November 12th, 2014

21st Century Front CoverFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Brian McCormick, (916) 628-5134



“Tremendous amounts of learning occurred on the playgrounds and during pickup games for people of a certain generation, and players today often miss this learning to attend organized practices or sessions with a skill trainer. The 21st Century Basketball Practice attempts to reincorporate this learning that once occurred in unstructured settings.”

LAS VEGAS, NEW MEXICO, November 12, 2014 – Basketball has evolved over the last 30 years, but basketball practices have hardly changed, despite the increasing interest, research, and technology. Professional basketball coach Brian McCormick, Ph.D. (University of Utah, 2013) has combined his practical experience coaching everything from CYO to European professional basketball with his educational experience to produce a book that explains a modern approach to the basketball practice.

Rather than view the team as controlled from the top down by a coach pulling the strings, The 21st Century Basketball Practice approaches the team and the game as a dynamic system, like a swarm of bees, and uses a constraints-led approach to coaching and teaching skills. Whereas the traditional approach to coaching separates skills into blocks of shooting, passing, dribbling, and more, The 21st Century approach teaches through the game by manipulating the tasks. This approach maintains the important perception-action coupling that is vital to the execution of skills in a game.

Based on the latest research from motor learning and sports psychology, The 21st Century Basketball Practice is a practical book. Rather than list drills, it explains how to create drills to solve specific problems that may arise for a coach or team. Through this approach, the number of drills is limited only by the coach’s imagination. It addresses what to do and what to say at practice. The purpose is to demonstrate an approach that promotes better performance in games.

The 21st Century Basketball Practice is McCormick’s 17th book for basketball coaches. His books have been purchased in more than 40 countries. To purchase The 21st Century Basketball Practice, go here for Amazon Kindle, here for paperback, and here for an e-book (PDF).

McCormick is available for interviews and appearances. For booking presentations, media appearances, interviews, and/or book-signings contact

Hard2Guard Player Development Newsletter, Vol. 4 Links

January 1st, 2010

Issue 2

How to Juggle

Issue 3

Woodward focuses on ‘extra 1%’ with enlistment of vision expert from World Cup staff

Tyreke Evans’ Euro-Step

Tyreke Evans’ Stride-Stop

Issue 4

Long-term Athlete Development: Trainability in childhood and adolescence, windows of opportunity, optimal trainability

Finishing what he starts – Brooks gets tricky to score around much bigger players

Issue 5

How nerves affect soccer penalty kicks

Issue 6

No More Drills, Feedback or Technical Training…

Steve Nash vs. the regular ol’ layup

The Art of a Beautiful Game: The Thinking Fan’s Tour of the NBA (Sports Illustrated)

Issue 7

Self-Monitoring, Human Nature, and Sustained Learning

Issue 8

Eye-Training Video

Issue 9

The two faces of perfectionism

Hip Mobility

Squat Progression

Issue 10

Ice Skater Drill

Curry’s imaginative finishers grabbing attention

The Rondo

Issue 11

Arsene Wenger: ‘Am I too intelligent to be a football manager? You can never be intelligent enough’

Issue 12

Keith D’Amelio videos

Issue 13

Stability, Sport, and Performance Movement: Great Technique Without Injury

Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind: How Intelligence Increases When You Think Less

Developing Sport Expertise: Researchers and Coaches put Theory into Practice

Issue 14

The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance

Issue 18

Secrets of Soviet Sports Fitness and Training

Break the Ice

Don’t Ice That Ankle Sprain-with 43 min DVD (Sprain- The F.A.S.T. Approach to Preventing and Treating Sprained Ankles, volume 1)

Issue 19

Performance Assessment for Field Sports

Issue 20

How to Shoot a Floater

Stephen Curry’s The Rondo

Rajon Rondo’s Euro-Step

Issue 21

Harvard Tennis and the High Set

Valgus, varus or neutral knees?

Issue 22

Rear-Foot Elevated Split Squat

Valgus Overload

Exercise Bands

Issue 24

Coconut Water

Seven Behaviors of Successful Athletes

Sports Genes


Issue 25

Mike Roll and Leg Strength

How to Train like a World Cup Player

Mirror Drill

Issue 26

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Issue 30

Reading the Play in Team Sports

Issue 31

Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work

Vitamin Water

Issue 32

Myth of Core Stability

Energy Drinks

Issue 33

Team USA article

Blitz Basketball

Organized Streetball

Issue 34

Suzanne Farrell

Land on your ties, save your knees

UCD study

Issue 35

Free Throw Shooting Technique

Efficiency and the Mid-Range Shot

Issue 37

Sports Personality Position Theory

A Multidimensional Approach to Skilled Perception and Performance in Sport

Identification of non-specific tactical tasks in invasion games

Issue 38

Russell Westbrook

Crossover Step

Defensive Footwork Drills

Issue 39

Anticipation in a real-world task

Issue 40

Benefits of weight lifting for kids

Issue 41

Inside the brain of an elite athlete

Issue 42

The Fighter’s Mind: Inside the Mental Game