Several years after my initial exposure to TWI, a remarkable learning system from WWII, I’d pretty much forgotten about that phase of my life until this week at the TWI Summit in Orlando FL, when I met Swen Nater and the team from a new organization called BeLikeCoach. Swen is a retired NBA player, a first round draft pick after winning two national championships with UCLA, playing for the legendary Coach John Wooden. BeLikeCoach has adapted the TWI methods into a comprehensive system for sports instruction called Training Within Sports (TWS). It is, in a word, brilliant. I used JI, and to a lesser degree JR (when dealing with parents, mostly) and I could hardly call what I did systematic. BeLikeCoach has taken it much further, and developed a comprehensive system for developing coaches. Their aim is to create coaching programs that allow kids to excel – because they believe (as I do) that lessons we learn in sports are vital lessons for life, and kids who play and learn on the sports field are better prepared for the challenges they will face outside of sports.
I’m very impressed with what BeLikeCoach is doing, and it proves yet again the universal applicability of the TWI methods. I encourage you to look them up at www.BeLikeCoach.com, take a look for yourself – and get involved with them in your community.