Does not Keeping Score Solve Anything?

I turned on Two-and-a-Half-Men tonight, and the episode featured Jake playing soccer. Charlie sat down next to a mother at a game and said, “Where do you stand on this not keeping score thing?” The mother answered, “I think it’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of.” In the next scene, Jake walks into their Read more about Does not Keeping Score Solve Anything?[…]

Coaching for the Process or the Result

On another site, a coach asked for a play to run with his 12-and-under team in late game situations because only a couple players make good decisions with the basketball. The question raises several other questions: 1) What is the purpose of the team? At 12-years-old, learning and development should take precedence over winning games. Read more about Coaching for the Process or the Result[…]

Winning and Losing and Player Development

One issue with developing young players is the emphasis placed on winning by coaches and parents. In a rush to perform, players sometimes sacrifice the process. But you can count Nick Bollettieri, the man who may have done more to bring about the demise of serve and volley than anyone, as a believer in its Read more about Winning and Losing and Player Development[…]

Does Every Player Deserve Playing Time?

This season, I coached in a program that believed every player deserves to play in every game. I never coached this way. I usually stuck with an 8 or 9-player rotation. From the outset, I told the players that they were not guaranteed playing time; they earned their playing time through practice. However, I played Read more about Does Every Player Deserve Playing Time?[…]

Pressing and Skill Development in Youth Basketball

On another site, coaches discussed the merit of a no-press rule for pre-high school players with many different suggestions. The argument against pressing was the lack of skill development to handle the press (something that continues to the high school level). This is true. But, I do not understand how it is true. Now, at Read more about Pressing and Skill Development in Youth Basketball[…]