Artificial intelligence, deep learning, and skill development

I have compared parents and coaches attempting to control the every movement of their children on a basketball court or soccer field to fantasy football. On Twitter, Innovate FC gave this type of behavior a more eloquent name: Playstation coaching. An article about robots and artificial intelligence provided another metaphor. […]

Stephen Curry and Shooting Drills

When I coached in Denmark, we had an 18-year-old player from Bulgaria who never shot the same shot twice. During shooting drills, he practiced trying to draw a foul on three-pointers or he shot the ball as high as possible or as straight as possible. He appeared never to take his shooting practice seriously.  Of course, Stephen Curry does the same thing: […]

The systemization of skills and representative task design

On his very good blog, Harri Mannonen wrote about the systemization of skills. His major point was that a coach should “base everything you teach on current games” rather than on the coach’s execution of the skill when he or she played. Mark Upton, on his very good blog, also wrote about practice resembling the game. […]