PRINCIPLED BASKETBALL

Denver, CO

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April 8, 2019

Chaos is my weapon Captain America - Shield. Green Lantern - Ring. Spider Man - Web. I’m sure you know where this is going at this point. These super-heros use super-weapons to fight super-villains. So picture this: you are the super-hero, the other team is the super-v...

February 2, 2019

We're often asked about what our 2 hour coaching session looks like. It might be better to tell them what we don't do. We inform the coaches we work with early on that we're not giving them a list of drills - we have no interest in teaching coaches new drills or how to...

January 21, 2019

Frankly, I don't care. The defensive principles that we teach can be taught effectively in either defense. But let me explain further.

The first thing we want to do with defense is for our players to learn the principles of good defense and how to execute the body mecha...

January 9, 2019

I was talking with a team the day after they had played poorly in a game. They won.. but they were still dissatisfied with how they played.

I offered my prescription.

First, we established why a team doesn't play up to its normal standard. Now I'm not talking about how t...

January 4, 2019

When coaches go to players and discuss what their "role" will be, we immediately limit them - in several ways. First their perception of the game - their action on the floor is limited, what they see and how they participate in what they see. When they perceive themsel...

December 9, 2018

The conversation often goes like this: 

Player: "Should I (insert move or action)?"

Me: "I don't know."

Player: Stares in amazement - "But..."

Me: "I don't know."

Player: "But.... how do I (insert move or action)"

Me: "Oh. That's a different question. Here, let's work on it....

November 28, 2018

As we've been teaching various ways to get open either for a shot or to better our passing angles it's important to us that our players only have to know - or memorize - a few things. In other words, our principles apply in many situations.

Like you, we begin practice w...

November 18, 2018

We push our players to edge of chaos all the time. We believe that we are the only ones - or the ones who can be consistently successful - who can play at level of frenzy.

Let me note here that chaos does not necessarily mean fast. It means that what we’re doing appears...

September 20, 2018

Recently the earliest known example of human drawing was found in what is now South Africa.

If you're interested you can find it here

But why should that matter to basketball coaches?

Because creativity is an innate human trait. It's something we crave to do and it's what...

August 8, 2018

While I'm not a big fan of drill work, I recognize that some coaches still believe in them. I'm not trying to change your mind here, rather, I'm trying to make your drills actually effective. I'm asking you to rethink every drill you do with the perspective described b...

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