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In the current day and age of professional sport, with highly structured player pathways and professional coaches, it seems almost impossible that somebody could progress to elite performance without receiving hours upon hours of coaching.Back to story
Great article Phil. I think you hit the nail on the head. It is about coaching the players what is right or wrong it is about the player learning through trial and error that makes them the best they can be. I think coaches should guide players rather than tell them to do this and that. Having set plays does harm a players development but it is a team game so is a player more important that the team or is the team's result more important than the players in?
Posted 22:31 25th July 2013
Another terrific thought-provoking article Phil! You're focussing on the Academy structure but could we also also look beyond that? As a former coach now reflecting, I believe that many coaches (myself included) make the mistake of prescribing instead of coaching & see their own job as the 'centre of the universe' and are blissfully ignorant of the bigger picture, i.e. longer-term player/team development. All of these coaches get upset when we fail to beat the Aussies yet somehow don't realise that our continued failure is partly attributable (albeit in a small way) to their own input over an earlier period of time. I think the situation could be helped if we could somehow get all of the coach/coaches within every junior/development club asking themselves on a regular basis "what do we REALLY want to be remembered for?" In other words, try and get them to believe that it's not just about what they can achieve with their players this week/month/season or however long the under the coach's tutelage. We need to help our coaches AND PARENTS to understand AND BELIEVE that some of the work they do with their players may not always produce positive results during their time with their players. It's likely that players/teams may even have to regress at times to go forwards 'further down the track'. When agreeing goals/targets etc. If parents/coaches could somehow be influenced to see that what they are doing DOES make a difference when the athlete has long gone from their club, perhaps they'd be more inclined to foster this approach. I guess it's up to the individuals within an organisation/club to create /encourage this belief system but if we could somehow get the people who run the education programmes (coach education) to cascade this strategy down to grass roots/academy I believe that we'd eventually have a bigger pool of thinking/creative type players. Cheers
Posted 14:40 25th July 2013