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Thought for Week #3 – Shoot the Scoop!

One of my biggest issues with our current youth climate is that it does not encourage kids to take risks. From a basketball perspective, this means kids consistently play to their strengths. They play conservatively. But playing conservatively is counter to their...

4-on-4 Thought for Week #2

Learning while at play is the most powerful kind of learning. But in order to learn well, it is essential to keep it simple. Too often we overload kids with too much information then wonder why they don’t play so well. Or worse, yell at them for not playing so well!...

3-on-3 Thought for Week #2

I find great joy in watching kids creatively and happily play the game of basketball. Capturing the imagination and getting lost in the game are the keys to a fun experience at their age and level. I thought everyone did a very good job in our first week of...

Teaching Through Free Play – Summer League Version

During my playing career, I often had to get settled into a new city and/or country. One of the most difficult things about settling into those new cities was finding your way around. I would typically start with someone driving me around and showing me the main roads...

Summer League – The Start

I shared the message below with all our summer league participants. It's a good insight into our goals for the summer and our general philosophy. Thank you for signing your young player up for our 2019 3-on-3 or 4-on-4 Summer League. Our mission for these leagues is...

Winning is a Gift

Anyone who knows me at all will tell you that I have never been the most relaxed or gracious competitor. I am by nature very intense and, I suppose it could be said, a bit too inclined to lose it in competition. I just love to compete and love to win, so I naturally...

An Insight into Camp Week

One of the things I take pride in as a coach is the ability to pack practice or camp or clinic with well-thought through, fun-filled action. I don't like any wasted time or hours filled with drills that really don't translate well to the game. I want meaningful...

A Beautiful Mess – Some Quotes

I believe that one of our biggest problems in life is wanting the right things too much. Our over-desires for good things often lead us astray. This is true everywhere, but so obviously true in the world of sports. Coaching, parenting, playing. Because we want good...

Where’s the Love?

Here's a great (and true) story for you. A group of 8 and 9 year-olds are playing a soccer game in the spring. One team dominates the first 20 minutes and goes up 6-0. But because of a maddening and short-sighted rule, the team...

Three Lies in Youth Sports

Three lies are everywhere in youth sports. As a parent or a coach, ask yourself if you are guilty of believing them.  1) More is better.  I understand why we believe this, but we have to be careful how far we take it. It seems to me that most people are convinced that...

4-on-4 Thought for Week #2

Learning while at play is the most powerful kind of learning. But in order to learn well, it is essential to keep it simple. Too often we overload kids with too much information then wonder why they don’t play so well. Or worse, yell at them for not playing so well!...

3-on-3 Thought for Week #2

I find great joy in watching kids creatively and happily play the game of basketball. Capturing the imagination and getting lost in the game are the keys to a fun experience at their age and level. I thought everyone did a very good job in our first week of...

Summer League – The Start

I shared the message below with all our summer league participants. It's a good insight into our goals for the summer and our general philosophy. Thank you for signing your young player up for our 2019 3-on-3 or 4-on-4 Summer League. Our mission for these leagues is...

Winning is a Gift

Anyone who knows me at all will tell you that I have never been the most relaxed or gracious competitor. I am by nature very intense and, I suppose it could be said, a bit too inclined to lose it in competition. I just love to compete and love to win, so I naturally...

An Insight into Camp Week

One of the things I take pride in as a coach is the ability to pack practice or camp or clinic with well-thought through, fun-filled action. I don't like any wasted time or hours filled with drills that really don't translate well to the game. I want meaningful...

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Thought for Week #3 – Shoot the Scoop!

One of my biggest issues with our current youth climate is that it does not encourage kids to take risks. From a basketball perspective,...

4-on-4 Thought for Week #2

Learning while at play is the most powerful kind of learning. But in order to learn well, it is essential to keep it simple. Too often we...

3-on-3 Thought for Week #2

I find great joy in watching kids creatively and happily play the game of basketball. Capturing the imagination and getting lost in the...

Teaching Through Free Play – Summer League Version

During my playing career, I often had to get settled into a new city and/or country. One of the most difficult things about settling into...

Summer League – The Start

I shared the message below with all our summer league participants. It's a good insight into our goals for the summer and our general...

Winning is a Gift

Anyone who knows me at all will tell you that I have never been the most relaxed or gracious competitor. I am by nature very intense and,...

An Insight into Camp Week

One of the things I take pride in as a coach is the ability to pack practice or camp or clinic with well-thought through, fun-filled...

A Beautiful Mess – Some Quotes

I believe that one of our biggest problems in life is wanting the right things too much. Our over-desires for good things often lead us...

Where’s the Love?

Here's a great (and true) story for you. A group of 8 and 9 year-olds are playing a soccer game in...

Three Lies in Youth Sports

Three lies are everywhere in youth sports. As a parent or a coach, ask yourself if you are guilty of believing them.  1) More is better. ...

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