Most coaches work hard over many years to create an approach or framework that they believe represents the game as they know and understand it. With age, coaches progress through their coaching pathways, and arises a natural tendency to ignore information that may not fit into their coaching frameworks that develop over time. Especially information that may seem different or does not align with what they know or think we know about the game. Sometimes it is easier to discredit the new information rather than upgrade the frameworks.

A bigger stumbling block isn't that our frameworks are inaccurate, but rather we fail, especially as we age, to update and revise them. One thing is for certain, the game of basketball has changed and will continue to evolve. Do we make room in our frameworks for that evolution?

One way to ensure that our collective knowledge is correct and accurate is to expose it to the feedback of others. There may be a better answer, method or approach than the one we believe.

Outside views are important. They help keep our coaching systems and strategies open and contemporary. Seeking out meaningful feedback and being open to new and different knowledge and information helps coaches revise and update their frameworks. This type of ongoing professional development helps coaches to continue to learn and develop as they move through their coaching pathway.