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The 21st Century Basketball Practice (Paperback, 91 Pages)
By Brian T. McCormick, PhD

New and Improved Approach to Basketball Practice

In this book, you will learn a new and perhaps a better approach to conduct practices.

You’ll get 26 dynamic practice drills for player improvement, daily practice template, annual practice plan schedule, and a warm up routine.

If you visit gyms across the country, you’ll see that basketball practices have changed very little over the last 30 years. However the game and the culture of basketball has changed considerably.

Brian McCormick gives you a new and fresh outlook on how to run your practices for today’s player and today's game.

Every coach spends a lot of time in practice. And it’s common knowledge that PRACTICES are where you improve and develop a great team.

So it only makes sense for coaches to continually look at ways to improve your practices. This book helps you do that.  

You may not agree with all the ideas in this book. But we guarantee this book will give you numerous ideas to utilize, help you refine your practices, and make your practices better.

Research Based Methods

The 21st Century Basketball Practice is based on practical experience and scientific research aimed to create the best learning environment for youth basketball players.

This book’s purpose is not to encourage everyone to coach the same. The goal is to encourage readers to examine their coaching in an effort to improve the productivity of their practice.

Who Should Consider this Book?

This is a book that we HIGHLY recommend to all coaches from the beginner youth to the professional level. 

How the Book Will Help You

In the 21st Century Basketball Practice, you will learn how to…

· Get more out of your players

· Keep practices fun

· Improve your players IQ

· How to motivate players

· How to run more efficient practices

· How to keep players challenged and in their “sweet spot” so they maximize development

· How to utilize dynamic teaching methods that better transfer to games

· How to incorporate small sided games

· What to do and what to say at practice

· When to get rid of the "my-way-or-the-highway" approach

· Why common drills create fake fundamentals

· How to create active listeners

And last but not least…. the biggest benefit is that your practices will transfer improvement to your games more effectively!

Table of Contents

Here’s what you’ll fine in the 91 page paperback book…


  • The 21st Century Player – The Global Player
  • The 21st Century Practice
  • Questions for Reflection

Chapter 1 - The Practice Environment

  • Learning Environment
  • Coach’s Response to Mistakes
  • Mistakes and Learning
  • Conclusion
  • Questions for Reflection

Chapter 2 - Basketball: A Dynamic System

  • Dynamic Systems Theory (DST) in Basketball
  • Teaching with the Dynamic Systems Approach
  • Conclusion
  • Questions for Reflection

Chapter 3 - Skill Development

  • Fundamentals
  • Improving Performance
  • Fundamentals and Games
  • Conclusion
  • Questions for Reflection

Chapter 4 - Practice Design

  • Block Practice Versus Random Practice
  • Contextual Interference
  • Representative Task Design
  • Three Categories of Drills
  • The 1-Second Advantage
  • Creating Meaningful Drills
  • Conclusion
  • Questions for Reflection

Chapter 5 - The Practice Plan

  • Recovery and Acquisition
  • Planning the Practice
  • Conclusion
  • Practice Plan Template
    • Team Meeting
    • Initial Activity
    • Practice Activities
    • Final Activity
    • Sample Practice Plan (Freshman Boys)
  • Competitive Cauldron
    • Implementation
    • Positives
    • Negatives
    • Future Ideas
  • Conclusion
  • Questions for Reflection

Chapter 6 - Instruction and Demonstrations

  • External and Internal Focus of Attention
  • Explicit Versus Implicit
  • Questioning
  • Demonstrations
  • Conclusion
  • Questions for Reflection

Chapter 7 - Feedback

  • Types of Feedback
  • Feedback Traps
  • Conclusions
  • Questions for Reflection

Appendix I - 26 Dynamic Practice Drills For Player Improvement

Appendix II – Dynamic Warm Up Routine

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Sarah Guerrero
1/1/2021 at 9:37 PM
Bought for my husband for Christmas. He does a lot of reading and viewing videos in preparation for practice - middle school and high school levels. He loves this book!
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Rae Drake
8/22/2020 at 5:40 PM
Great book!! I should have read it a lot sooner.
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Rae Drake from Marquette, MI
8/22/2020 at 5:39 PM
Great book!! I should have read it a lot sooner.
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Kenny Williams from Fort Worth, TX
7/25/2017 at 11:09 AM
The 21st Century Basketball Practice is a must read for the coaches of today. This book is designed to instruct and challenge those entering the profession or those who have spent the majority of their adult careers coaching already. Coach Meyer at his coaching academies at David Lipscomb University in Nashville used to admonish coaches to learn it all, even though you cannot use it all. I highly recommend this book whether you agree with its premise or not: It is designed to challenge why you do what you do and encourage you to do so with a Growth Mindset.
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Dan Sullivan from Verona, KY
3/6/2015 at 2:21 PM
Overall, I would say that I was very disappointed in this book. It could have been that my expectations were too high, but I thought I would get more out of it. Whenever I read a book, I type my notes (from what I underlined throughout) and save them. My notes ended up being a little over 3 pages. I found the "Competitive Cauldron" to be very interesting, and may be somewhat applicable to my future coaching. I am a 26-year veteran coach, and I always want to stay in touch with new ideas. A lot of this book seemed to be "just play and learn." While I think that might work in some very rare instances, I certainly don't believe that is the usual method. I know I may fall under the "classical / traditional" category as described in the book, but I didn't find enough material to make me switch over completely.
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Paul from Racine, WI
2/4/2015 at 11:23 PM
Packed full of ideas that can help you improve the way you approach practice and develop young players. Many of the coaching concepts and practice drills will resonate with breakthrough basketball readers. I like McCormick's cerebral style.

The book gets stronger with each chapter, and I would highly recommend.
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