Number 12: Artists are Creative and Elicit Emotions; Science is Factual and Dull

Ask any coach who has coached for a considerable time period about how much of the game is mental. Most coaches would say that the game is 80% Mental and 20% Physical. What does this actually mean? Personally, it means that the technical and tactical elements of coaching are not the ones that make theContinue reading “Number 12: Artists are Creative and Elicit Emotions; Science is Factual and Dull”

Number 11: Know Your Players and How it can help Energise Your Practices

Not everyone is the same. Treating all your players the same way is the quickest way to alienate your players and team. Each one of your players is there for a different reason, each one is motivated differently, each one has a different personality, a different skill level, a different relative age, chronological age andContinue reading “Number 11: Know Your Players and How it can help Energise Your Practices”

Number 10: Importance of Enjoyment in the Learning Process

Regardless of what research you look at, when it comes to learning, the number one important factor is are you having fun? This can be phrased differently, but the premise is the same. Learning should be fun. Leaners should want to explore. Learners should want to spend more time on the activity. Let’s not correlateContinue reading “Number 10: Importance of Enjoyment in the Learning Process”

Number 9: Understanding Pareto Principle’s Relation to Youth Player Development

In a previous article, I highlighted Paretos Principle. The idea that 80% of the results usually comes from about 20% of the work. This is also quite evident in sport. Alex Sarama discussed how coaches spend so much time focusing on the 80% of the skills that are not as effective or will only be usedContinue reading “Number 9: Understanding Pareto Principle’s Relation to Youth Player Development”

Number 8: Using the Sweet Spot to Create a Motivational Practice

Coach Michael MacKay affirms that during the learning process, learners need to wobble and have elements of failure. Along the learning spectrum, there is an area, which Brian McCormick refers to as the sweet spot. This is where the learner needs to be most of the time. If the learner is experiencing success too much,Continue reading “Number 8: Using the Sweet Spot to Create a Motivational Practice”

Successful Youth Practices 7: Scanning and Improving Your Coaching

Scanning is one of the most difficult skills that there is for a coach. The ability to observe the athlete perform the skill and assess where the problem lies. Often, as coaches, we already have pre-defined teaching points and regardless of where the athlete is lacking, we are giving them the feedback we have prepared.Continue reading “Successful Youth Practices 7: Scanning and Improving Your Coaching”

Number 6: Recognising Perceptions to Boost Your Coaching

The issue with the clip mentioned in the previous post, as it relates to Ja Morant shooting, is that some coaches will see that clip and assume that is a really important way to develop shooters. Have them stay after a game and get shots up or run drills like that in practice to helpContinue reading “Number 6: Recognising Perceptions to Boost Your Coaching”