The four laws of learning are explanation, demonstration, imitation and repetition. The goal is to create a correct habit that can be produced instinctively under great pressure. To make sure this goal was achieved, I create eight laws of learning — namely explanation, demonstration, imitation, repetition, repetition, repetition, repetition, and repetition.”

-Coach John Wooden

If only Coach Wooden could have lived long enough to see the Read & React! You would think that his quote came from a Read & React Coaching Clinic!

The Read & React DVD takes care of the first three laws:

    1. Explanation
    2. Demonstration
    3. Imitation

      The next 5 Laws of Learning the Read & React are left up to your practice plans:

    4. Repetition
    5. Repetition
    6. Repetition
    7. Repetition
    8. Repetition

This is why you hear me say that your practice plans should NEVER leave the Read & React REACTION HABITS! The secret to success is how quickly your REACTORS can react to the Decisions made by the Ballhandler. Increasing that reaction time comes ONLY with high amounts of REPETITION!

If you don’t believe me, then believe Coach Wooden – its his law!

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  1. “I feel that the offense should not be so stereotyped that the players are forced to follow such a set pattern that their individual initiative and freedom of movement are limited too severely. There should be enough options and freedom of movement to eliminate any possibility of the defense or you yourself knowing exactly what each player is going to do. As any offense that becomes too mechanical can invariably be more easily defensed, flexibility is essential.” Coach Wooden

    “Development of the offense takes time and requires considerable patience as does the mastery of the individual fundamentals. The first step of the development, naturally enough, is the devising of fundamental drills that are part of the offense. A picture of the finished offense should be fixed firmly in the mind of the players, and they should be able to see the relationship of the drills to the ultimate objective.” Coach Wooden

    “… the development and maintenance of an unselfish team spirit, the necessity of constant penetrating movement from spread and balanced areas, and the development of confidence in the players are the heart of any successful offense, I have attempted to permit those ideas to be the most influential in the development of a satisfactory offense. I might add that most of those ideas also apply to team defense.” Coach Wooden

  2. We used these laws without knowing their source to teach canoeing and skiing. Today I am using them to teach English (ESL). I present these rules to my students as four laws of teaching. I ask them to change them into four (8) laws of learning.

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