Physiological Requirements of Small-Sided Games

Small-sided games provide more on-ball activity for players, meaning more opportunities for technical and tactical skill development. However, the perception is that small-sided games are easier than full-sided games or that they fail to reproduce the same physiological responses as a full-sided game. In a recent study in Revista de Psicología del Deporte by Jaime Sampaio, Catarina Abrantes Read more about Physiological Requirements of Small-Sided Games[…]

The Zone Defense Myth

I am not a zone-defense coach, but I have defended zone defense several times (here, here, and here) because there are so many misconceptions about basketball and the way that the game is taught. One major criticism of zone defenses is that players ball-watch, while in man-defense, the argument is that players learn to watch Read more about The Zone Defense Myth[…]

Small-Sided Games & Player Development

Many sports adapt or modify rules to create more meaningful competitive environments for young participants. On the playgrounds, young children modify rules to create more equal competition, but few organizations modify the game. Most modifications have to do with the size of the ball or the height of the basket. Small-sided games, and specifically 3v3, Read more about Small-Sided Games & Player Development[…]

Measuring a Coach’s Game Performance

Game coaching is only a small part of the overall job of a coach. However, coaches are measured by results as most people only watch the games, not practices. The effort between games goes unnoticed because its is hidden from view. One popular measure for a coach’s effectiveness during games is performance during close games, Read more about Measuring a Coach’s Game Performance[…]

Developing Basketball Intelligence – An Amazing Book

I received the following email this morning: Coach B. I have to say that DBI is the best book I have ever read about coaching basketball.  As a result of your book I have focused on teaching a few things such as ball handling, layups, spacing and defensive principals.  My team has taken off.  In Read more about Developing Basketball Intelligence – An Amazing Book[…]

Learning from the Oregon Ducks – Making Practice Meaningful

I already wrote an article tying the Oregon Ducks’ philosophy into basketball practice, but as their success continues and high school practice starts, I wanted to emphasize two points: pace and simplification.

Generally, coaches attempt to add sophistication or complexity to improve performance. Once players master one set, they add another and another to give the team multiple options and to force the opposition to scout more and more options and plays.


Using USA Basketball & iHoops to improve basketball development

For the better part of the last four years, I have read that Sonny Vaccaro or David Stern or Myles Brand or someone else is going to save youth basketball in the United States. Brand and Stern created iHoops, which is essentially a Facebook-like site for basketball, but has no real impact on changing the culture of grassroots basketball or enhancing player development. […]