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Comfort in Chaos before Great Execution

On the surface of our summer league, you may just see a bunch of kids running around at play.  That’s good, because it’s exactly what we want.  And yet, we want more.  Ideally, I want to see a bunch of kids running around learning how to really...

Summer #6 – Let Them Get Lost (And teach along the way)

Teaching through Free Play 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...

Summer League – #5 – Encourage them to Shoot it!

In everything I write, I typically point out that if we want our kids to improve, they must have opportunities to stretch their boundaries. Indeed, they must be encouraged to try new things and take new risks.  Whether we realize it or not, most of our kids have been...

Summer Leagues – #4 – 4-on-4 Teaching Points

This post is specific to our 4-on-4 and 5-on-5 (w/ shot clock) leagues, which typically involved players from Grades 5-9. 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...

Summer Leagues – #3 – 3-on-3 – Encourage the Dribble!

Developmentally, this post is specific to our younger players in 3-on-3. Grades 1-4. 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...

Summer League – #2 – Make More Decisions

The games you play shape you more than the drills you do.  It is not that the drills are unimportant. They are very important. I give plenty of time to them as a coach, but play is the foundation. Play is the essential that makes drills worth something. The games your...

Summer League – #1 – Experiment and Stretch (especially in the summer!)

I am excited to see kids engaging with the game in our summer leagues next week. With all the "quarantining" we have had, I know mine need to do so! As we move through the summer leagues, I am going to share 1-2 emails each week with our parents/participants. I won't...

Summer League – Our History

Thank you for signing your young player up for our Summer League. Our mission for these leagues is the same as it is for all our programs:  to help players of all ages and abilities play the game better and enjoy the game more.  As many of you are aware, they are not...

Finally Published – Offense Wins

Believe it or not, this book was more or less complete 6 years ago. I wrote it before I coached in order to remember how I thought as a player. And in reading it again, I realize that I still agree with it! So I will be applying it as best I can in the years ahead. A...

Required Watching – In Search of Greatness

It is impossible for me to overestimate how much I enjoyed this movie/documentary/educational piece, In Search of Greatness. I think it should be required watching for every parent, coach, and player in sports today. Fantastic. Please watch!...
2 Quick Lessons from the Quarantine

2 Quick Lessons from the Quarantine

This is certainly an interesting time. Considering my grandmothers are quick to tell me that they have not seen anything like it, well, it is a very unique and, I dare say, historical situation. It is a time of suffering for many, so we should be sensitive to that....

A Break to Get Better

A Break to Get Better

I hope everyone is doing well and staying smart during this interesting time of life. It is amazing how abrupt the change on so many levels. From a personal standpoint, being forced to stay put has forced me to enjoy more time than ever to connect as a family and to...

WTYB – #4 – The Foundation of Play

WTYB – #4 – The Foundation of Play

The heart of the basketball season always seems to get away from me a bit! I love to get lost in the game-to-game rhythm of the season. But I am back on track here for a quick thought regarding the youth season. Actually, I suppose it isn't a thought about the season,...

WTYB – #3 – Man-to-Man Defense

WTYB – #3 – Man-to-Man Defense

I hope this post finds you well and enjoying your season. My theme throughout the season (and really all of youth basketball) is winning the long-game. The tendency in every segment of youth sports is to become so caught up in the now that you adopt a mentality and...

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Comfort in Chaos before Great Execution

On the surface of our summer league, you may just see a bunch of kids running around at play.  That’s good, because it’s exactly what...

Summer #6 – Let Them Get Lost (And teach along the way)

Teaching through Free Play During my playing career, I often had to get settled into a new city and/or country. One of the most difficult...

Summer League – #5 – Encourage them to Shoot it!

In everything I write, I typically point out that if we want our kids to improve, they must have opportunities to stretch their...

Summer Leagues – #4 – 4-on-4 Teaching Points

This post is specific to our 4-on-4 and 5-on-5 (w/ shot clock) leagues, which typically involved players from Grades 5-9. Learning while...

Summer Leagues – #3 – 3-on-3 – Encourage the Dribble!

Developmentally, this post is specific to our younger players in 3-on-3. Grades 1-4. I find great joy in watching kids creatively and...

Summer League – #2 – Make More Decisions

The games you play shape you more than the drills you do.  It is not that the drills are unimportant. They are very important. I give...

Summer League – #1 – Experiment and Stretch (especially in the summer!)

I am excited to see kids engaging with the game in our summer leagues next week. With all the "quarantining" we have had, I know mine need...

Summer League – Our History

Thank you for signing your young player up for our Summer League. Our mission for these leagues is the same as it is for all our...

Finally Published – Offense Wins

Believe it or not, this book was more or less complete 6 years ago. I wrote it before I coached in order to remember how I thought as a...

Required Watching – In Search of Greatness

It is impossible for me to overestimate how much I enjoyed this movie/documentary/educational piece, In Search of Greatness. I think it...

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