Coaching Tip No. 4

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It’s the ‘skill‘ not the ‘drill‘ that counts: Do you spend a lot of time planning and researching drills for your coaching sessions? Do you spend even more time making sure your players complete them correctly? If you do the chances are that your players are learning and achieving less than they otherwise could be. Practices and Activities certainly have their place in coaching sessions, but players correctly executing a repetitive passing ‘drill’ for example should not be taken as a reliable indicator of their stage of development or learning. Use Games to focus attention on areas for development, and progress key Skills through the appropriate application of those Activities and Practices relevant to personal learning. Make sense of Games through G.A.P.S. and say goodbye to ‘drilling’ forever!