Vault: Teaching

Sharing The Thinking With Your Players

Read this quote today by Luke Walton (Head Coach, Los Angeles Lakers) on building a winning culture and developing basketball IQ: Let’s Go Deeper… I agree with the basic premise of the quote; yet, I think we can go deeper. Think about replacing freedom with responsibility. As the saying goes, ‘with freedom comes responsibility’. (I don’t think Luke will be …

Why Your Drills Suck

Did I get your attention with that headline? Man, I hate to have to use ‘click-bait’ headlines to get you to perk up. Yet, I’ll do what’s necessary to stimulate conversation. I’m really passionate the debate that centres around drills versus games. Turns out I’m not the only one… Stuart Armstrong, from The Talent Equation, has a strong point …

Coaching Is Developmental Science Not Rocket Science

Love how Dr. Kwame Brown, a developmental neuroscientist, frames it… “Coaching is not ‘rocket science’ but it is ‘developmental science’.  It is also developmental experience, and developmental awareness, and developmental temperament.” Same, Same But Different. — you need to convey your symptoms in vivid detail to get the proper diagnosis. Asking a coach who has …

Knowing vs Believing

Separating fact from opinion is one of the hardest challenges coaches face. It’s human nature for perspective to be clouded. And, notions of effective coaching are not immune to the myths of success (e.g. falling prey to it’s always been done that way and struggling to distinguish between because of and in spite of.) “Stay down in your stance… Don’t cross your feet when …

On Failure, Fundamentals, and Practice Planning [Interview]

The Whistle and a Clipboard podcast was created to “provide a place for coaches to learn from one another.” With, I want to give a big shout out to Jason Oates for creating this platform for so many coaches to share their point of view and grow sport coaching – together! Highlights: In this interview, I discuss: …

Novice Coaching vs Master Coaching

Julie Zhuo says it well: “I like words a lot. But sometimes a few sketches communicate a point more simply and memorably.” Enjoy. The Process of Novice Coaching The Process of Master Coaching The Ambitions of Novice Coaching The Ambitions of Master Coaching Zhuo is nails it: “Ideas are cheap; execution and results are everything.” …