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Av ricardo rodriguez - 22 december 2008 19:51

• The emphasis is on the players making decisions, rather than the coach telling them how and why to do it.

• The coach creates situations where players have to find solutions for themselves.

• This approach also assists in developing communication skills, leadership and teamwork.


Promotes long-term learning (if players discover things for themselves, they learn better).

• Caters for all levels of ability. Individuals can improve at a rate appropriate for them.

• Develops tactical awareness.

• Makes training enjoyable and increases motivation to participate.

• Takes pressure off novice coaches.

• Creates positive interaction between players and coaches.

• Promotes affiliation (being part of a team).

• Helps avoid development of inflexible techniques.

• Enhances players’ understanding of rules.

• Provides ideal situations for a questioning approach, which improves self-awareness.



Modification for Exaggeration
The coach modifies the game to exaggerate or emphasise particular tactical aspects, eg varies the number of defenders coming forward, sending the rest around a cone before they can enter the game.
Attacking players gain an understanding of how to play against a sparse defence, as opposed to a dense defence.


Modifications that can be made to achieve a variety of tactical outcomes include:

- dimensions of the playing area
- positioning of the area that can be scored in
- number of passes allowed
- banning/promoting kicking
- number of players in attack/defence
- scoring system, including bonus points for particular plays
- risk, eg deducting points for intercepted/dropped balls
- time allowed
- specific roles for players (eg halfback)
- adding or deleting game rules


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Av ricardo rodriguez - 22 december 2008 19:48

“Game Sense” uses games as a learning tool to:

- increase motivation of players
- develop tactical and strategic thinking
- improve skills

• This approach is “game” rather than “technique” centred.

• Traditionally, we’ve taught techniques in isolation, eg repetitions of a spiral pass.

• While the technique is important, there is limited value in practising it without taking into account other factors involved in executing the skill, eg deciding whether to pass or run in a two-on-one situation.

By making a modified game the focus of the session, players are challenged to think about what they are doing and why.

The players must first have a clear understanding (model) of what the game is about.

• The technique follows the game when the need for it is established:
What_is_Game_Sense

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Av ricardo rodriguez - 22 december 2008 19:44

The Code

1. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every individual athlete as a human being
Treat everyone equally regardless of sex, disability, ethnic origin or religion.
Respect the talent, developmental stage and goals of each athlete in order to help each athlete reach their full potential.


 2. Maintain high standards of integrity.
Operate within the rules of your sport and in the spirit of fair play, while encouraging your athletes to do the same.
Advocate a sporting environment free of drugs and other performance enhancing substances within the guidelines of the New Zealand Sports Drug Agency and the World Anti-Doping Code.
Do not disclose any confidential information relating to athletes without their written prior consent.


 3. Be a positive role model for your sport and athletes and act in a way that projects a positive image of coaching
All athletes are deserving of equal attention and opportunities.
Ensure the athlete’s time spent with you is a positive experience.
Be fair, considerate and honest with athletes.
Encourage and promote a healthy lifestyle – refrain from smoking and drinking alcohol around athletes.


 4. Professional responsibilities
Display high standards in your language, manner, punctuality, preparation and presentation.
Display control, courtesy, respect, honesty, dignity and professionalism to all involved within the sphere of sport – this includes opponents, coaches, officials, administrators, the media, parents and spectators.
Encourage your athletes to demonstrate the same qualities.
Be professional and accept responsibility for your actions.
You should not only refrain from initiating a sexual relationship with an athlete, but should also discourage any attempt by an athlete to initiate a sexual relationship with you, explaining the ethical basis of your refusal.
Accurately represent personal coaching qualifications, experience, competence and affiliations.
Refrain from criticism of other coaches and athletes.


 5. Make a commitment to providing a quality service to your athletes
Seek continual improvement through ongoing coach education, and other personal and professional development opportunities.
Provide athletes with planned and structured training programmes appropriate to their needs and goals.
Seek advice and assistance from professionals when additional expertise is required.
Maintain appropriate records.


 6. Provide a safe environment for training and competition
Adopt appropriate risk management strategies to ensure that the training and/or competition environment is safe.
Ensure equipment and facilities meet safety standards.
Ensure equipment, rules, training and the environment are appropriate for the age, physical and emotional maturity, experience and ability of the athletes.
Show concern and caution toward sick and injured athletes.
Allow further participation in training and competition only when appropriate.
Encourage athletes to seek medical advice when required.
Provide a modified training programme where appropriate.
Maintain the same interest and support toward sick and injured athletes as you would to healthy athletes.


 7. Protect your athletes from any form of personal abuse
Refrain from any form of verbal, physical or emotional abuse towards your athletes.
Refrain from any form of sexual or racial harassment, whether verbal or physical.
Do not harass, abuse or discriminate against athletes on the basis of their sex, marital status, sexual orientation, religious or ethical beliefs, race, colour, ethnic origins, employment status, disability or distinguishing characteristics.
Any physical contact with athletes should be appropriate to the situation and necessary for the athlete’s skill development.
Be alert to any forms of abuse directed towards athletes from other sources while in your care.


Coaches should:


    • Be treated with respect and openness


    • Have access to self-improvement opportunities


    • Be matched with a level of coaching appropriate to their ability


Av ricardo rodriguez - 22 december 2008 19:41

The information a coach gives to the players about their performance is one form of extrinsic feedback.


The purpose of feedback is to compare the players’ actual performance in the practice with the desired performance. Effective feedback should help the player learn and develop his or her skills to improve performance.

How the coach gives feedback to the player and how the player receives that feedback are important considerations for effectiveness. Both the coach and the player’s communication skills can be a limiting factor in giving and receiving effective feedback.

 

Following are some guidelines for providing (extrinsic) coach feedback:


• Feedback should be positive and encouraging, particularly for younger players.


• Feedback should be constructive – if an error is identified then the coach should provide reasons for the error and possible solutions.


• Feedback should be given immediately following the performance while it is still fresh in the mind of the player.


• Feedback should be specific to what the player was asked to perform.


• Feedback should be consistent with the player’s stage of growth and development.


• Encourage your players to feel the movement to develop their own intrinsic feedback.

When giving feedback, keep in mind that information stays with learners for between 20 and 30 seconds, so it is important to get players practising as soon as possible after feedback.


Keep the instructions short and have the player focus on only one or two elements at a time.

Av ricardo rodriguez - 22 december 2008 19:38

When planning a skill practice there are a number of practical considerations for the coach.

 

The Training Environment

Consider the number of players you have, the amount of space available, what equipment there is, and any possible safety hazards.


Ensure that there is enough equipment for all the players to practise with. Keeping the equipment well maintained will save both time and money – there is nothing worse than arriving at training and finding all the balls are flat or a piece of essential equipment is broken.


Adapt the activities and equipment to meet the players’ developmental needs and to suit the skill practice. For example, try using less time and space for the more skilled and more time and space for the less skilled players.

 

Managing Time

The amount of time devoted to training is an issue when planning a skill. To reach a high level of skill ability, the player needs to perform the skill thousands, perhaps millions, of times during their sporting life.


It is important to give the players many opportunities to practise, and where possible, minimize the time that players are not on task. Establishing organisational routines for your training sessions at the beginning of the season can maximise use of time. For example, a signal for players to come in, routines for dividing into groups and for getting equipment out.


Other factors that increase time practising a skill include providing activities with high participation rates, decreasing instruction time (focus on the key factors) and decreasing the time it takes to move from one activity to another (transition).

 

Organising Groups and Formations

Organising the players into groups so there is maximum opportunity to practise can be a challenge when planning to teach a skill. There are a multitude of ways to organise players into groups. One of the quickest ways to organise groups is to say “get a partner” of “get into groups of four”. To organise teams, use the numbering-off system or have your teams preorganised in your session plan.


A coach should be aware of the players’ self-esteem when organising groups. For example, when players choose teams themselves it is often the same person who is chosen last. They may be a player who either has low skill level or has a behavioural problem. The coach should consider the appropriate ways to deal with these individuals so that they are included.

 

Training Grids

Planning activities to practise the skill that involves all players in the space and time allocated can be a challenge. The grid system has evolved as a means of achieving this.


A grid is an area of playing space that has been sub-divided using lines or cones. The number and size of each grid depends on the number of players and type of activities, and the players are divided accordingly. The principal advantage of using grids is that large groups can be organised efficiently. The coach can observe the activities from outside each grid or as they walk through and is easily able to monitor player skill acquisition, correct individual faults and acknowledge correct skill performance.


Grids can be used for a variety of different games and drills. You can have players practising the same skills in grids or you may have different skills in each grid that the players rotate around. The grid system can also be used to develop fitness, particularly if space is limited.

 

 Progression Of Skill

When finalising the plans about how to teach the skills or tasks of the training session, it is important to consider the steps involved for learning the skill. If the steps for learning are too large, the players can experience failure and lose their enthusiasm and motivation. If the steps are too small, the players can become bored.


For the appropriate progression of a skill coaches should be able to draw on their own knowledge and break down each skill they plan to teach into smaller components.

 

Practice for Competition

While basic skill training and practice is essential to skill development, it is one thing to master these skills at practice but another thing entirely to perform those same skills under the pressure of competition.


Therefore, it is important to include opportunities for the players to practise their skills in conditions that resemble as closely as possible the actual competitive situation. This can be achieved by dividing your players into teams opposing one another at practice or by arranging friendly preseason games with other teams in the club or competition.


Equal Opportunity to Practise and Improve
The more opportunities players have to practise, the more likely there will be an improvement in skill. As a coach you should endeavour to provide all players with the maximum opportunity to improve and practise their skills.


Coaches often give more time to either the higher skilled players, to ensure that their players reach their highest level of ability, or to the lower skilled players, because they need the most help. By focusing on either of these skill levels, the other players in the middle tend to be ignored.

Av ricardo rodriguez - 22 december 2008 19:32


The purpose of a demonstration is to increase the players’ understanding of the skill by providing an accurate model from which to learn. For players to make appropriate decisions on how to execute skills, coaches need to provide an explanation and a demonstration so that players can learn and practise. An effective skill demonstration requires careful planning by the coach. Consider the following questions:

Why is the skill important?Understanding the importance of the skill in the context of the sport and competition will assist both the coach and player in teaching and learning the skill.

How will the skill be demonstrated and explained?Select an appropriate method of teaching the skill taking into account the type of skill and the experience and ability of the players. Generally, it is recommended that the whole skill should be demonstrated first to show the players what the skill will look like when performed correctly, then broken down into various skill components (whole-part-whole).  Remember players need to be able to observe the demonstration at different angles. Show both left and right-handed ways to execute the skill. Make a note in your session plan of two or three teaching points and some key words or phrases to emphasise important parts of the skill.
 Keep the instructions simple and avoid the use of jargon where possible. Players should be asked to concentrate on only one or two aspects of the skill at any one time.

 

What equipment will be required?

Coaches need to determine what equipment will be required to give an effective demonstration and ensure that appropriate equipment is available and ready to use when the time comes.
For example if you are using a video have everything set up ready to press ‘play’ before you start the session.

 

Where will the skill be demonstrated?

 When planning your demonstration, take into account any possible distractions for your players such as the position of the sun or bright lights. Depending on how many players there are, decide on an appropriate formation which enables them all to see and hear the demonstration clearly. One of the most common and effective formations is a semi-circle with the coach or demonstrator standing in front.

 

When will the demonstration take place?

The most obvious time to give a demonstration is when the players are learning a new skill; this should take place early in the training session while the players’ minds and bodies are relatively ‘fresh’. Demonstrations can also be used when giving feedback or to remind players of a previously learned skill. It can also be useful to repeat the demonstration at the end of training so players can be reminded of what to work on.

 

Who will demonstrate the skill?

It is important that whoever is chosen to demonstrate can perform the skill correctly. Coaches will often demonstrate skills themselves, but they can also use players, sports persons from outside the team or even videotapes as part of the demonstration.
Choose players with a range of skills to demonstrate. Asking the star of the team to demonstrate all the time can be discouraging for the less skilled and the learners. For most players, being chosen to demonstrate is seen as a reward for good performance. Be aware, however, that some players find this embarrassing – as a coach you should respect their feelings.  

How will you know the players understood the demonstration?

 Ask specific questions after the demonstration has been given. Avoid simply asking “Did you understand?” as players tend to nod a yes response whether they think they understand or not. Ask specific points about the demonstration and get the players to ‘show you’ what they have learned. Their responses to questions and the way they perform the skill will tell you whether they understood or not. If a player has not understood the demonstration or, after a series of sessions they have not yet grasped the concept, then it is up to the coach to modify the information and/or the teaching method to assist the player’s understanding. Everybody learns differently and it is one of the coach’s roles as a teacher to find a teaching method that suits the player’s learning.

Av ricardo rodriguez - 22 december 2008 19:30


A skill may be taught in its entirety (whole learning) or broken down into parts (part learning). Most coaches combine the two methods (as whole-part-whole learning) with players learning the whole skill at times while at other times concentrating on parts of the skill.


The best method depends on the skill being taught. Generally, whole learning is best for simple skills and part learning for more complex skills.
Chaining

This involves breaking a skill down into progressive part teaching. Each part is taught and practised on its own, and the parts are added in their correct sequence. Chaining is adopted when a skill is complex and needs to be taught in a particular order.

 

Massed or Distributed Practice

Massed practice is where the coach has players continuously practise a skill without any breaks until the skill has been learned. In a distributed practice, the players may learn the skill in short, frequent practice sessions interspersed with rests or alternative skill activities.

Distributed practice is the most effective for improving performance with younger players in particular, as the breaks between sessions reduce boredom and recharge the players’ energy and powers of concentration. Massed practice is more suitable for highly skilled or highly motivated players.

 

Drill or Problem-Solving

Drills involve learning through repetition while problem-solving refers to learning through investigation and discovery.
Drills are better suited for closed skills which are basically the repetition of movement patterns.
Open skills that require a degree of creativity and decision-making on possible courses of action are better suited to problem-solving.

In learning either open or closed skills, the problem-solving approach will usually lead to a better understanding and retention by the player of what is involved in the correct skill performance.

 

Mental or Physical Practice

Physical practice of a skill is necessary for improved skill performance and is what most players are accustomed to. Mental practice can also be used by picturing the performance in one’s mind. This can be done using mental imagery, viewing the performance (live or on video), and reading or listening to instructions.

A combination of both physical and mental practice makes for the most effective learning.


Factors that affect the ability of a player to learn new skills
• Stage of growth and development.
• Physical capacity.
• Facilities and equipment.
• Experience playing the sport.


For the player to be able to effectively develop skills the coach should use the following model as a guideline:


• 3% explanation


• 7% demonstration


• 90% practice


Explanation
This informs the player what they are doing, how they will do it and why they are doing it.


Explanations should be:
• specific
• in simple language
• short and to the point

Av ricardo rodriguez - 22 december 2008 19:27

"Skill" can be defined as the learned ability to bring about a pre-determined result with maximum certainty and maximum efficiency.

“Technique” refers to the way in which a skill is performed, the successful movement of the body to achieve a specific activity.



A skilled performance does not depend simply on the physical ability of the player and their technique: it also depends on their ability to think, interpret and select. It involves the player in decision-making. Selecting a Skill

In selecting a skill to teach, coaches need to consider the following:
• What are the stages of learning and growth and development of each player?
• What skills are important for players to learn to have success performing them, to have fun and to be safe?
• What are the basic movements that underlie these skills? Classifying Motor Skills

 

Simple and Complex Skills

A simple skill is one that can be learned with very little practice and has few parts to it. It can be taught as a whole activity.
A complex skill takes more time and effort to acquire because a number of different movements make up the skill.

 

Open and Closed Skills

This refers to the predictability of the skill performance and environment. A closed skill is one where the options are few and largely constant. For example, a kick to touch from a penalty.

An open skill is one where there are a number of variables which demand the player’s attention. The environment is constantly changing and unpredictable and there is limited time to make decisions and produce the actions required of a skilled performance. For example, in passing the ball, the player must be aware of opponents and teammates as well as the act of passing the ball.
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