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  • By Jared Burgess
    Jan 23, 2015
    I have coached many age groups and many teams over the years. I have a limited amount of practice time each week and am always looking for ways to get more done in a small amount of time. I have through trial and error hit on several of the concepts presented by Brian but it just took years of my time instead of a couple of hours of reading this well laid out book! His books have resonated with my personal coaching style in ways that I usually don't get from the 50-60 other coaching books that I own. I wish I would have had this book and Developing Basketball Intelligence, say, 18 years ago when I first started coaching. I think I would not have wasted as much time as I did with the drills my coaches taught me and my players would have been better off. This book has given me other perspectives I need to look at and add into my coaching style. I have also enjoyed all of the other books that I have purchased from Brian and will buy his Fake Fundamentals that is coming out soon.
  • By Matthew Hester
    Dec 18, 2014
    Brian McCormick has become my go-to source for information on coaching youth basketball. His books, website, and blogs cover the game comprehensively: from teaching proper athletic movement to teaching how to execute different options in a screen and roll. Brian’s coaching methods, drills, and games are spelled out in his other books (“Blitz Basketball,” “Crossover Movement,” and “Developing Basketball Intelligence”), but this book helps bring it all together. In a clear and logical way, Brian draws on methodologies from the great teachers/ coaches in the game and hones them into an accessible approach for all coaches. Like other youth basketball coaching gurus such as Bob Bigelow, Stan Van Gundy, and the guys at to name a few; Brian is an advocate of using small-sided games like 3 on 3 to let the game be the best teacher for kids. This is not a new concept, but is the way soccer is taught around the world. Using small-sided games to bring an organized form... More > of the “street game” into our practices, the kids get to enjoy learning the game by playing it…all while in an environment created by the coach to teach the skills that need to be taught. Most of the games and drills described in this book (and introduced in the earlier books) involve both offense and defense; so practices are efficient, competitive, and most importantly, FUN! It is about time that youth sports coaching in America joins the 21st century, and this book (along with Brian’s other books) is a great resource to help bring us there…Thank you Brian for your great work and dedication!< Less
  • By mcchmiel
    Dec 16, 2014
    Another great book by Brian! The game is changing, and our methods have to evolve with it.
  • By Stuart Mullins
    Dec 9, 2014
    I am a big fan of everything Brian produces. This one surely doesn't disappoint. I read it in one day. While I took away or reaffirmed many ideas that I can use immediately, the only thing I would say is that most of these ideas and strategies can be found in many of his other books. But now they are all in one place! I really liked his table on how to make each drill or game competitive. He encourages the teaching environment to have an educative approach- seeking a growth mindset. He challenges coaches to take more of a naturalistic/incidental approach where players play more games and learn through natural consequences rather than merely running through drills that lack many of the contextual variables involved in the game of basketball. Probably my favorite point that Brian makes is that emotions should be taken out of the learning process. We need to stop teaching with words like "good" and "bad" and focus more on making the teaching and learning process... More > something that is continually built upon and enjoyable where players are more comfortable being creative and in turn more excited about playing the game.< Less
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Brian McCormick
November 13, 2014
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.19 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
7.44 wide x 9.68 tall
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