These books focus on designing better practices and individual workouts for players to maximize player and team development.
These books focus on the practice, development, and instruction of specific skills.
TACTICAL SKILLS & STRATEGY
These books focus on offensive strategy and skill development from a tactical perspective.
Long Term Athlete Development
These books are broad and general in topics and cover dozens of factors that contribute to talent development over the course of one’s childhood.
Brian T. McCormick, PhD is a professional basketball coach, consultant, and clinician. McCormick has coached professionally in Denmark, Ireland, and Sweden, taking a team to the finals in Denmark's 1st Division and being selected to coach in Sweden's Damligan All-Star Game. He has coached CYO, AAU, high school, junior college, and college basketball in the United States, and worked as a strength and conditioning coach for two junior-college basketball programs. McCormick has directed clinics in Canada, China, Greece, Ghana, India, Macedonia, Trinidad & Tobago, and throughout the United States, and spoken at coaching, strength & conditioning, and sports psychology conferences in the United States and Canada. McCormick completed his PhD in Exercise and Sports Science at the University of Utah, and has had peer-reviewed papers published in the International Journal of Exercise Science, International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, and Strength & Conditioning Journal.
McCormick has published 20 books for basketball coaches, many of which have spent time on Amazon's top 10 books for basketball. The books have been well-received and recommended by prominent coaches such as Fran Fraschilla and Mike Dunlap.
McCormick has directed camps and clinics for players and coaches around the world, most recently in Jackson Hole, WY and Waddington, NY. He also has been a speaker at clinics for Basketball BC, Basketball Manitoba, and USA Basketball.
McCormick has coached youth, high school, college, and professional teams; he has coached boys and girls, men and women. He has coached in championship series, AAU National Tournaments, and all-star games. He currently is the head coach of a women's junior college team.
McCormick has consulted with numerous high school, college, and professional coaches and players on skill development, practice design, and strength & conditioning.
Originally published in Los Angeles Sports & Fitness, Winter 2018. As a 6th grader dominated a camp that I directed, I asked the organizer to move up the player to the older age group that worked out later. He said that they had asked him to move up, but he wanted to stay with his Read more about Social Shift Pivotal to Next-Level Jump[…]
In the tradition of lists from 2014, 2015, and 2016, here is my reading list for 2017. The Athletic Skills Model: Optimizing Talent Development Through Movement Education – Rene Wormhoudt I admit that I have waited for this book for nearly 5 years and the authors are preaching to the choir. It is a very Read more about My 2017 Reading List[…]
Originally published in Los Angeles Sports & Fitness, Fall 2017. My earliest sports memory is playing the Cosmos, another team from my soccer club in a downpour on a field that would make Tough Mudder competitors proud during my first season of youth soccer then I was in kindergarten. I played for a club linked Read more about The Via Negative approach to talent development[…]
When I presented for Positive Coaching Alliance working with Ray Lokar, he often said that coaches work in the fish bowl; everyone watches the coach from the outside, often without knowledge of the environment, but the coach always is in front of an audience. This pressure from the fish bowl shapes many of the negative behaviors that we see from coaches: I once watched a coach who would yell loud enough for everyone in the audience to hear him, “Player, we practiced that yesterday for 20 minutes. How can you make that mistake?” There was no information; in essence, he was saying, “Look, I did everything that I could at practice and it is your child who is messing up, not me.” I was appalled, but I see this behavior to some degree fairly often. Read more about Steve Nash on Mike D’Antoni’s Genius
People often discuss player development and European basketball with me. Often, I am told, and I read, that we (coaches in the United States) need to develop players like in Europe. I don’t necessarily agree with the premise, but I often will engage in the discussions. When I do, it seems as though the coaches want a magic potion, because every change based on my experiences that I offer, they dismiss as unnecessary or impractical. Possible changes based on my experience: Read more about We need to develop players like in Europe
All of our well-designed simple to complex, easy to hard progressions ignore how children play before they ever begin to train.
— Brian McCormick, PhD (@brianmccormick) June 19, 2017
I imagine the following is based directly or indirectly on the writings of Mark O’Sullivan, Mark Upton, Richard Bailey, Stuart Armstrong, and others. If you spend enough time on social media and basketball blogs, someone will suggest that the United States is falling behind in basketball because of a lack of coach education. Now, there Read more about Coach development, not coach education or certification[…]
I don’t understand the following argument:
“Players from previous generations had more skill.”
“Players from previous generations were three-sport athletes.”
“Players from previous generations played more pickup games.”
“Players need to specialize earlier and train privately with individual coaches to improve their skills.” Read more about Making sense of generational arguments about skill development
Chris Devenski is a reliever for the Houston Astros. He has been one of the best relievers this season on the best team in baseball. Read more about The unpredictability of talent identification and development