On Amazon.com, I saw the following two reviews of Cross Over: The New Model of Youth Basketball Development:
Brian McCormick’s books have completely changed the way I coach basketball. The systematic way he builds through age groups, providing detailed research to back himself up, is great. He is also not afraid to take established basketball concepts and ask “Why do we do it this way, would it not make more sense to do it another way”?, and actually backs it up with some logical concepts of his own is inspirational.
I have this book, plus most of Brian’s other books, and use them at every training I do, from 4 year olds to men’s teams, and have had great success so far. No other author has changed my opinions as much, I am definately part of the “Crossover Movement”.
This is the single best resource for youth basketball coaches. McCormick is unique in that he frames his philosophy of coaching basketball around the larger issues of youth athletic development, developing in kids a solid foundation of fundamentals, and recognizing that becoming an excellent basketball player involves a whole lot more than just one-on-one moves. The book gives concrete examples of drills for different ages and skill levels, but behind all of this is his research and well-developed opinions on how to help kids grow in ways that are appropriate for their age and development level. i’m a youth basketball coach and am frustrated by the number of people who call themselves coaches, but want nothing more than to create petri dishes that grow individual superstars. McCormick’s book takes into account the game of basketball and how developing as a player requires understanding the game, having skills that are not just basketball-related, and the fact that there’s no point in doing any of this if the kids aren’t enjoying it.
Cross Over: The New Model of Youth Basketball Development is available through Lulu.com.