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51xPC1K9yaL._SX384_BO1,204,203,200_21st Century Guide to Individual Skill Development focuses on individual skill development, specifically shooting, finishing, and dribbling. The book is centered on strategies to improve your individual practice. In addition to his personal examples and research, McCormick includes examples from modern-day superstars such as Stephen Curry and his visit to an NBA team’s offseason workouts. This book is about individual practice and skill development, but individual skill is a misnomer. Games are complex. There is no isolated or individual skill: All skills are interdependent. Despite the interdependence of skills, players do and should practice individually. This book provides strategies to enhance the effectiveness of individual practice, and offers advice on skill development hacks off the court, the usefulness of private coaches, and the value of play, pickup games, and collective skill development. The objective is to give players the tools and ideas to improve their individual practice and offseason training to maximize their skill development.

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Small advantage. Big advantage. SABA is based on a simple idea: Use an offensive action to create a small advantage, and exploit the small advantage to create a big advantage. Regardless of the tactic or strategy, the objective of every offensive possession is to create a big advantage: An open catch-and-shoot shot, an open driving lane to the basket, or a shot at the rim.

There are two phases to the SABA offensive system: Creating the advantage and exploiting the advantage. Creating the advantage is similar to any other play or system. Exploiting the advantage is the more important element of the system, and basketball in general. The SABA system emphasizes the second phase, known as the endgame.

The SABA offense is not a free-for-all or roll-the-ball out and let them play system. It takes countless hours of practice to teach players to embrace the chaos and thrive in these situations. This book defines the principles and advances a new philosophy for offensive basketball, and provides the instruction and drills to teach the system and develop skilled players.

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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.

Random and variable practice, task constraints, and contextual interference are academic words that describe ideas that coaches use daily in their practices. The 21st Century Basketball Practice briefly explains the background of these terms to explain the reasons for changing some fundamental drills and incorporating more small-sided and modified games into practices.

This book addresses what to do and what to say at practice and references my experiences with an under-9 AAU team, high-school freshmen, and professional teams. It is not a drill book, although numerous drills are explained and used as examples. Rather than list a number of drills, the purpose is to demonstrate at approach that generates countless drills, and drills that promote better performance in games.

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Fake Fundamentals expands upon The 21st Century Basketball Practice and condemns 10 specific drills of the traditional basketball practice. These drills persist despite mounting evidence of their ineffectiveness.  Whereas some or all are common to many, if not most, youth, high-school, and college practices, the frequency of their use does not attest to their validity. Through practical experience as a youth, high-school, college, and professional coach, and research, McCormick demonstrates the flaws with these commonly used drills and teaching points, and provides alternatives to improve the way that the game is taught.

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Most basketball books offer drills. Cross Over outlines an entire development program complete with a long term athlete development philosophy, over 150 age-appropriate basketball drills, break down of skill progressions and thoughts on coaching effectiveness. Cross Over covers Athletic Skills, Tactical Skills, Technical Skills and Psychological Skills through four stages of development and gives coaches the tools to improve their coaching and create a better environment for youth players.

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Through drills, situations, instruction and questioning, Developing Basketball Intelligence demonstrates how to teach game awareness and basketball intelligence. DBI explains the basic tactical skills of every offense – from pick-and-rolls to 3v2 fast breaks – but moves beyond the skill execution to the all important perceptual, anticipatory and decision-making skills which separate the expert performers. Developing Basketball Intelligence teaches tactical skills, but also develops the characteristics of a high basketball IQ player, players who: * choose the best option in less time; * adapt to ever-changing situations; * possess good spatial awareness; * know the right play at any moment relative to the time and score; * and more. Developing Basketball Intelligence is a tool to develop your offensive system as a coach, and to create a learning environment which enhances your players’ understanding so they can read and react and adjust and adapt on the court.

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180 Shooter Front CoverWhether novice or advanced, 180 Shooter offers instruction and drills to elevate your shooting percentages or enhance your shooting instruction. 180 Shooter includes over 60 drills and 20 pictures to assist with your learning. 180 Shooter is a complete guide to successful shooting, unlike any other because it uses learning progressions, not just drills. If you put forth the effort, 180 Shooter will help you develop into a 180 Shooter.

 

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Hard2Guard Skill Development Front CoverHard 2 Guard: Skill Development for Perimeter Players is the complete book of perimeter skills for the player looking for an edge or the coach seeking new ways to teach skills and develop more aggressive, attack-minded players.

“Brian has done it again by combining basic fundamentals with advanced skill set moves to create a one-of-a-kind breakdown of how to make players better.” – Brandon Clay, Peach State Basketball

 

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Blitz Basketball Front CoverBlitz Basketball is a complete youth basketball development system incorporating offensive and defensive strategy with player development. Offensively, Blitz uses a dribble-drive-motion style and incorporates numerous drills to develop ball handling, passing and shooting skills. Defensively, Blitz uses a man-to-man trapping press which builds solid defensive fundamentals, while nurturing young players’ instincts. Blitz uses the “Games for Understanding” approach, using small-sided games rather than drills to develop skills. Originally designed for an u-9 AAU team, I have used the system with high school, college and professional teams. With over 60 drills and 100 diagrams, Blitz Basketball is a complete development and strategic system for youth basketball teams and coaches. The Second Edition includes six different offensive entries and six quick hitters for high school and college teams seeking more complexity.

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