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The 21st Century Basketball Practice: Modernizing the basketball practice to develop the global player. [Kindle Edition]

Brian McCormick
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Book Description

The game of basketball has evolved over the last generation, but basketball practices have changed very little during my 30 years in the game as a player, coach, clinician, and consultant. Today’s game more closely resembles the game that we played on the playground than the one that we were taught in practices. The 21st Century Basketball Practice is an attempt to modernize the youth and high-school basketball and catch up to the evolution of the game.

I have coached at every level over the last 15 years, from u9s to professional teams. I have worked in the United States and Europe (and spent time in Africa and India). I completed a doctorate in Exercise and Sports Science, largely by studying basketball. My experience has provided a unique perspective to comment on practice and coaching. I have a practical perspective influenced by coaching at different levels and in different countries, and a theoretical perspective influenced by the latest research.

Tremendous amounts of learning occurred on the playgrounds and during pickup games for people of a certain generation, and players today often miss this learning to attend organized practices or sessions with a skill trainer. The 21st Century Basketball Practice attempts to reincorporate this learning that once occurred in unstructured settings.

Random and variable practice, task constraints, and contextual interference are academic words that describe ideas that coaches use daily in their practices. The 21st Century Basketball Practice briefly explains the background of these terms to explain the reasons for changing some fundamental drills and incorporating more small-sided and modified games into practices.

This book addresses what to do and what to say at practice and references my experiences with an under-9 AAU team, high-school freshmen, and professional teams. It is not a drill book, although numerous drills are explained and used as examples. Rather than list a number of drills, the purpose is to demonstrate at approach that generates countless drills, and drills that promote better performance in games.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1968 KB
  • Print Length: 119 pages
  • Publisher: (November 12, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,757 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars For Coaches and Educators February 3, 2015
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I know that many of you are already thinking what does this book have to do with education? Here he goes with one of those off the wall posts that he does every so often.

I love education. I love coaching. I have been coaching basketball for 12 years and I get so excited every single year. Through my many years of coaching and learning to get better as a leader and coach I have found a deep respect for Brian McCormick.

His latest book The 21st Century Basketball Practice: Modernizing the basketball practice to develop the global player. is nothing short of amazing.

What I discovered while reading this book is how much teaching/education/parenting/learning/coaching are really all the same. I read the Kindle version and 61 highlights later I could interchangeably use the ideas from this book on the basketball court AND the classroom.

The overall vibe of the book is to help coaches learn to connect with the players, allow them to create their own learning, and provide guidance as needed. The way this happens is to provide voice and choice, quality feedback, and preparing the players/students for the real world situations. Sound similar to a classroom? Yes, it does.

I won't share all my highlights as you can connect with me on Amazon Kindle, but here are a couple that I think are very important to share.

1. Players make mistakes for three reasons. They don't understand. They aren't good enough yet to do what is asked of them or at least not good enough yet to execute consistently. They don't care.

Often in practice we focus on helping players understand and develop their skills. Sports are nice in that players not caring is not a huge issue(it does exist however) compared to the classroom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crucial Insights for Every Basketball Coach December 4, 2014
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Brian McCormick interrogates all of the lazy assumptions we as basketball coaches make. Bringing vast expertise in sports science, youth athletic development, and other research to bear, he then pieces together innovative, workable new approaches to developing basketball players and positioning teams for success. All of his books are worth owning, but The 21st Century Basketball Practice is especially valuable for coaches of any sport. It really crystallizes his research-based thinking about how to maximize player development and performance by ditching a lot of the traditional drills like the weave and default organizing principles like block segments. What do we as basketball coaches have to lose by experimenting with McCormick's small-sided games (instead of going through the motions with all those zig-zag slide drills, etc.)? Nothing at all, and our players will gain basketball intelligence, athleticism, and a lot more. This book encapsulates many of McCormick's most important insights. I also highly recommend Crossover, Developing Basketball Intelligence, and everything else he's written.
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This is my third Brian McCormick book, and I cannot stop re-reading it and taking notes. It has truly opened my eyes to coaching, teaching, and developing players. It is science based and out of the box - in a good way. Some coaches may be close minded and not understand, but if you have a growth mindset and love learning you will make this purchase and I guarantee you will be glad that you did. Motor learning applies to all sports - retention and transfer is what we all strive for as coaches. Don't worry this book is not so sciency that you cannot understand it, as McCormick does a great job of using science but also making it simple for the normal reader, providing actual examples.

If you you really want to make your players better and reach their potential you have to train in a way that will allow you to do that. Many coaches do some of this without even knowing it, but find out how to take this and create a teaching advantage for your program, no matter the level. I'm a college coach with a growth mindset, and I can apply this in so many ways. Be a lifelong learner!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ! May 9, 2015
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Brian is an EXCELLENT teacher and communicator. The philosophy espoused in this book is the cornerstone of a good program that attracts players and teaches them HOW to play. I've seen Brian demonstrate many of the concepts in this book at a Coaches clinic (online) and he is a master teacher / communicator. Teaching kids HOW to play...and have fun doing what Brian is about and I read EVERYTHING he writes. No one challenges my thinking like him. BTW, I've been coaching for 10+ one challenges my thinking more than Brian McCormick.
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This is easily the best coaching book I've read in the last few years. I was writing so many notes I had to stop cause I was pretty much just copying the book.
For those coaches who have an OPEN mind and are open to the idea that there may be better ways to do things, look no further. Not only does this book explain the theory, and back it up with results from scientific studies, it gives practical ways (an drills) so that you can actually implement the methods into your practices.
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By Griff
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I'm a huge Brian McCormick fan. This is truly an outstanding read and highly recommended if you want to run the best possible basketball practices. Brian looks at every aspect of basketball practices with a considerable amount of thought. He doesn't do anything just because that's what his coaches did when he was a player. There are no sacred cows. Read this, modernize your practices, build better basketball players.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting!
Great read on best way to get the most out of players! Makes you really think about the purpose of practice. Enjoyed the reflection segments as well!
Published 1 day ago by Jeremiah TEuscher
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good book to go along with Fake Fundamentals and Brian's other books
Published 13 days ago by JD-Toledo
4.0 out of 5 stars All right
Some good ideas and drills were shared. Wish it was a little longer and some more examples of coaches, teams and programs using this method. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tim
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written. Thought provoking. Makes you re-think much ...
Well written. Thought provoking. Makes you re-think much of what many of us were exposed to as players and even still do as coaches. Worth the investment.
Published 1 month ago by Drew Molitoris
5.0 out of 5 stars Take your coaching to a higher level
I am not even finished the book and I want to write a review. A well written and academically supported substantive change in the way practices should be approached. Read more
Published 1 month ago by coachdeneef
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh perspective!
After coaching basketball at a variety of levels, Brian McCormick addresses many of the frustrations I've had with the over control of today's athletes. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Neil
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Changed my thinking as a coach
Great book. Changed my thinking as a coach. Highly recommend. Dispels so many notions about how we teach vs how players learn.
Published 2 months ago by Todd Burianek
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just what is needed for today's culture - Big picture/long-term planning & development in a microwave society.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars After coaching for 29 years this book has changed my thinking
Good book. I have coached basketball for 29 years and I still learned a lot from this book that will definitely help me moving forward.
Published 4 months ago by Barry Wade
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More About the Author

Brian T. McCormick, PhD is a professional basketball coach, consultant, and clinician. McCormick has coached professionally in Denmark, Ireland, and Sweden, taking a team to the finals in Denmark's 1st Division and being selected to coach in Sweden's Damligan All-Star Game. He has coached CYO, AAU, high school, junior college, and college basketball in the western United States, and worked as a strength and conditioning coach for two junior-college basketball programs. McCormick has directed clinics in Canada, China, Greece, Ghana, India, Macedonia, Trinidad & Tobago, and throughout the United States, and spoken at coaching, strength & conditioning, and sports psychology conferences in the United States and Canada. McCormick completed his PhD in Exercise and Sports Science at the University of Utah, and has had peer-reviewed papers published in the International Journal of Exercise Science, International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, Journal of Human Kinetics, and Strength & Conditioning Journal.

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