Why Play 3 on 3?

3 on 3 basketball is on the rise as one of the most-played team sports in the world. From the schoolyard to the Olympics, this variation of tradition basketball continues to grow in popularity. What many don’t realize is that aside from the fun and simplicity of 3 on 3, it’s also gaining traction as a beneficial route when it comes to developing young basketball players. Continue reading “Why Play 3 on 3?”

Intellectual and Emotional Development

We spend a lot of time here focusing on the physical aspects of education and development, but this week we’re going to take a look at an equally-important part of the equation. The best, most impactful coaches understand not just the technical aspects of leading young athletes, but the mental aspects as well.

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Specialization and the Benefits of Sampling

For young athletes and parents of young athletes, it is important to understand the concept of specialization and how it applies to sport development. Specialization is when an athlete “limits participation to a single sport, which they train for and compete in on a year-round basis.”1 Let’s discuss how understanding specialization and related concepts can help young people develop not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.

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Coaching the Early LTAD Stages

It seems like every time we’re in the gym, working with young players to perform different movements, skills, and activities, it only reminds us how much the abilities of players vary. It can be a real challenge to meet the needs of each player without leaving others behind.

Thankfully, we have the Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Model to fall back on.

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