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The ultimate resource for applying evidence-based ideas in basketball

The ultimate resource for applying evidence-based ideas in basketball

Transforming Book Resources

To further enhance your reading experience, the resources found within Transforming Basketball are listed on this page.

Click here to view the corresponding videos for the “Activities” chapter.

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Explore how a contemporary approach to warm-ups can open up the degrees of freedom

For professional teams, consider the concept of “MAYA” (most advanced yet acceptable). This could include players being tasked with movements such as 10 lunges or 10 squats, but making every single movement different.


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This shows how on-court activities and athletic performance approaches may be closely integrated

If players have been working on enhancing their action capabilities in athletic performance, the activities in this workout may allow players to make use of any improvements through affordances to both finish and defend above the rim in this 2-on-1. Players play 2-on-1 off the get with a one pass maximum (if needed), while being constrained to only scoring a gold medal. Note how feedback is used within the CLA, with Alex giving the cue of ‘catching as big and wide as possible’ to create greater advantages when the defense goes over or under.


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Don’t simply “run the play!”

If players are overtly constrained to always running the set play, skilful behaviours such as the one found in this video may not emerge! Coaches must consider this when introducing set plays with their team.

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An example of how effective principles of play allow players to attune to the shared affordances for and of their teammates

This type of offense must be highly intentional as opposed to randomly ‘moving the ball’ or running passive scoring actions, such as dribble hand-offs where players do not look to score or twist.


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Discover what evidence-based ideas may mean for the basketball industry as a whole


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See how the CLA can be effectively used within the context of a team practice

This is a highly recommended resource to make better sense of how the theoretical concepts are applied in practice.


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Johan Cruyff explains his Cruyff Turn vs Sweden

While player testimonies are not the most reliable sources (e.g. many players often talk about how they move and perform particular skills in a manner which does not align with how they actually move in the game), nonetheless, this is an interesting video. Cruyff provides an introduction into the limitations behind teaching moves in basketball. When supplemented with an understanding of ecological dynamics, this accounts for the emergence of the ‘Cruyff turn’ and why Cruyff never had to practice or rehearse it in order for it to be expressed within the game.


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Watch this video to see how guided defense can be used in a player development setting

The potential for using guided is unlimited as it can be applied to any element of the game.

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Watch this video to learn about bursts

Bursts can be effectively applied to shooting activities to create high amounts of repetition without repetition


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Read more about ‘rate limiters’ and how they form the bedrock of the Transforming Basketball Player Development Framework


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Some more examples of conceptual offense are shown in this video


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Listen to how Alex and his team at London Lions are embracing a ‘one club’ philosophy underpinned by contemporary skill acquisition ideas


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Watch one of Jamie Smith’s activities

This is useful to see how SSGs are just as applicable in the folder of athletic performance.

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See how repetition without repetition also applies in the weight room


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Watch this presentation from Shawn Myszka to learn about the potential for Skill Acquisition Specialists to impact professional sports

Shawn builds on some of the concepts that he and Tyler wrote about within the ‘Vision of the Future’ Chapter.


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See how Jon Giesbrecht ran pregame mindfulness with the College Prep team in Italy

Jon and Alex avoided working in siloes by closing aligning their delivery. What was covered in the mindfulness activity was subject to the specific affordances the players may encounter in that game based on the team’s principles of play and opponent’s scout.


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