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Re: The Complexity of Basics

January 3 2011 at 6:57 PM
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Chuck Peterson  (Login SCChuck)
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I grew up in SoCal and the UCLA bruins and the Wizard of Westwood captivated us. Wooden always started camp with basics, basics, basics. No one who played for Coach Wooden escaped the drills. Some (probably most) complained but that was his method. The bruins won year after year for a lot of reasons (or maybe just one, Wooden) but they always beat you on execution. No other team executed the way the Bruins did and that was because his teams always had sound fundamentals.

I doubt if Coach Wooden would agree with having players stand in one place drilling the same thing over and over again. They moved on.....after they had the basics down.

Basketball, kenpo, billiards, bull riding - it's the same - you can't move on until you get the basics, the fundamentals down. But when you move on, you don't leave the fundamentals behind. Probably seems obvious but then so was Wooden's key to success - just not many others willing to go down that road.

Take it out on the heavy bag,

Chuck Peterson

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