Posts Tagged ‘small-sided games’

Game-Based Practices and Practice Planning

Friday, September 11th, 2015


Small-sided games, injuries, and too many games

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

After reading the above on Twitter, I knew that 140 characters would be insufficient. However, to answer the question accurately requires two additional questions: (more…)

Prioritizing your practice design

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

“If, for whatever reason, you were only allowed three 15-minute sessions a week, what would you do?”

The question above is from Dan John’s Can You Go? and is related to strength & conditioning, not basketball. However, the question is one for a coach to consider. If restricted to three 15-minute sessions per week, what would you do? (more…)

Games, drills, and instruction

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Since the publication of The 21st Century Basketball Practice, and more specifically Fake Fundamentals: Volume 2, many coaches have questioned the de-emphasis on standard drills. This is predictable, as coaches have used these drills for generations. When not examined critically, they make sense. They are used so frequently that they are otherwise beyond reproach.  (more…)

Research into defense, plyometrics, and small-sided games in basketball

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

I read on an Internet forum that I “make up my own studies” and publish them. I decided to post the links to the papers from my made-up studies to allow anyone interested to find them easily. While admittedly not from the most authoritative journals in kinesiology and exercise science, these are published in peer-reviewed journals. Links to the papers and abstracts appear below. (more…)

Complexity and Small-Sided Games

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

At halftime of a recent college game, two youth teams played at halftime. The children were tiny, and the crowd loved it, and everyone went crazy when a player finally scored as they were leaving the court after 10 minutes. In 10 minutes of fullcourt 5v5 basketball, more children face-planted by tripping on their own feet than made a shot! (more…)

Kobe Bryant, AAU Basketball, and Early Specialization

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Kobe Bryant ignited a great deal of discussion about basketball development in the United States. I only wish that he had made those statements in 2006 when I first published Cross Over: The New Model of Youth Basketball Development(more…)

Managing a practice with small-sided games

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

A coach sent me the following questions about using small-sided games during practice:

When you play small-sided games (2 on 2, 3 on 3), do you play continuously on a full court or do you play half court? (more…)

Why 2v2 is better than 1v1

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

I always have played a lot of one-on-one with my teams, as I tend to see the game as a number of one-on-one battles. However, as I re-wrote the curriculums for the Playmakers Basketball Development League and began to plan for the up-coming season, I realized two-on-two is the optimal starting point. (more…)

Time and the difference between coaching in college and coaching youth basketball

Friday, October 5th, 2012

I watched the end of a college basketball practice yesterday and spoke to a college assistant from a different program. At the practice, I saw the team play two one-minute games in the last 20 minutes of practice; the coach spent the rest of the time talking or instructing (I could not hear as I was at the opposite basket). When I spoke to the assistant coach, he emphasized the importance of repetitions and doing things (running the plays) over and over again so that the players learned. (more…)