This week, I worked out an 8th grade girl. When we met, the father explained the numerous problems with her shot and gave special attention to her thumbing the ball with her weak hand. The girl was 5’1 and maybe 100 pounds. [click to continue…]
Our most colloquial term referring to motor performance is “muscle memory.” This term is accepted generally and practically, but learning occurs in the brain. When we talk about “muscle memory,” we refer to motor programs stored in our procedural long-term memory. Because learning occurs in the brain, we cannot see learning. Instead, we infer learning based on performance. [click to continue…]
Dean Oliver’s Basketball on Paper provides a guide for identifying skills to develop for each position. Oliver identified the four factors that determine the outcome of each game. They are:
- Shooting percentage differential
- Offensive rebounding differential
- Turnover differential
- Free throw differential
An interesting discussion on technique vs. skill, and the two sides of the argument. The video discusses soccer, but the general argument works for basketball.
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When players struggle from the free-throw line during games, but not practice, the issues appear not to be physical or technique-related, and we blame the players’ mentalities. Approximating the pressure of a game during practice is difficult, and coach’s attempts vary, typically using negative consequences (running) to mimic the game pressure. [click to continue…]