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Monday, November 13, 2017

Tracking and "The Compound Effect"

"Measure a thousand times but cut only once." - Turkish proverb

Fight for your culture of improvement. Darren Hardy wrote The Compound Effect about the merits of incremental gains. The British turned incremental gains into Olympic gold in cycling. 

You've all heard about SMART goals - specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. Hardy is about measurable. 

What can we measure? 


Leaving your comfort zone produces stress. But adversity builds resillience. The story of the small child praising the mogul skier stands out. "I love the way you ski; you never fall." The skier realized that she never fell out of caution. She trained harder, accepting more risk and became a champion.

UNC Women's soccer coach Anson Dorrance calls it the "competitive cauldron," and tracks everything from fitness tests to drills.Track consecutive makes during drills. Make drills competitive. Revise drills using time-sensitivity. Use "advantage-disadvantage" principles. Track free throws. 


Tracking during games requires manpower. As an assistant, I tracked team turnovers, shooting percentage, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals, held balls forced and allowed, and specials (hustle plays, screens leading to baskets). We saw measurable gains in shooting percentage and reduced turnovers. 

Daily routine

"All winners are trackers." We can monitor our study, our exercise, our mental training (mindfulness), spending (am I spending $3 a day on coffee, $6 on lunch?). Am I winning the day? Our "better version" is always available.  

Bonus: Celtics Flare Floppy (two possible shots for shooter)

Current Piston Avery Bradley would get two chances to score, first off the handback into a flare screen and then into a double stagger away (modified Spurs/old school Pistons) LOOP. 

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