Coach Brian McCormick and best selling author of 21st century basketball practice, Fake fundamentals and 180 shooter will discuss why science backed game based learning is the future of basketball practices.
Using games to build fundamentals instead of thinking of fundamentals and skills that shouldn’t cross.
Myth: You must break down and isolate skills first
Coach McCormick argues that you can use games to build fundamental skills. Instead of breaking down a skill and isolating each movement and drilling it through repetition, Coach McCormick argues he’s found better results by simply using games that have task constraints to them.
For example: Dribbling. Instead of building up from stationary dribbling and pound dribbles, he suggests to play tag dribbling. It forces the players to look up and react to a defender while constraining the task to just dribbling.
Myth: Personal trainer is better than streetball
Coach McCormick argues that playing games helps develop more creative players and ability to read your defender. By isolating drills and learning through demonstrations in 1 on 1 personal training, it takes away those traits.
For example: Eurostep. Lots of players will now default to using the eurostep when it’s suppose to be a counter. Learning WHEN to use it can only achieved through games because you can’t read defense on a 1 on 0 scenario.
Myth: 3 man weave is a great passing drill
Coach McCormick points out that the 3 man weave is a poor passing drill:
- You want perfect execution in the drill which never happens
- No defenders. Most bad passes are caused by defenders.
- Low repetition. On each trip, players don’t actually get alot of passing oppurtunities.
If you like this topic of common drills that can be gamified, check out our other blog post here.
Myth: Shell drills are great for team defense
There is certainly a place for team defense and shell drills but Coach McCormick argues that below age 9, the natural instinct is just to crowd the ball so help defense will most likely come. Just focus on 1 on 1 defense first at a very young age.
How to design drills for your practices
Coach McCormick believes that you should start with having only 3 goals for your entire season. His 3 goals for youth players are:
- Ability to dribble comfortably
- Ability to layup off 1 and 2 feet (normal layups, inside hand, reverse)
- Ability to guard 1 on 1
For example: 2 v 2 rugby. Coach McCormick plays a 2 v 2 full court game where the offense can only pass backwards. This forces the players to apply all 3 principles that he wants to enforce that season.
Practice planning for first time coaches
Process of preparing for practice makes you better prepared.
Here are some tips for beginner coaches:
- Plan every practice. The process itself is useful.
- Keep spare drills incase there’s low energy.
- Keep a record after every practice on how to improve.
If you prefer to listen on the go, we have this interview on sound cloud.
You can find all of Coach McCormick’s practice plans and drills inside our practice planner app.
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