The concept of using a game-based approach in practice is far from new or groundbreaking in Coaching and/or Physical Education. Yet the uptake continues to be modest, as the socio-cultural influence of the “traditional” approach (isolated technique drills and high volume of instructions) is extremely strong.
With an increased focus on providing Performance Development services for coaches/organisations working with junior through to elite adult players, in recent weeks I have been spending significant time refining processes and frameworks for doing so. Just like buying a new car and suddenly noticing that model of car everywhere(!), the same has been happening in terms of Performance Development, particularly player development and talent pathways.
I thought I would share a few bits and pieces I have come across – hopefully to get you thinking, but also to crystalise my thought-processes and perhaps engage like-minded people in a “call to action”.
NOTE: This article is contributed by Mark Upton and was first published on his teamsportcoaching.com blog in March 2011. Mark will become a regular contributor in the future and we will see more of his existing content on the Sports Relations blog. Enjoy the read……
I have seen a few tweets lately concerning a TED presentation by Salman Khan (and this article) on “flipping” the traditional classroom-homework educational model on its head. It seems to be gathering momentum so I thought it timely to relate how I have had success applying a similar model in a team sport coaching environment.
As a coach, when you are educating your player(s)/athlete(s), it is important that they understand what it is you are trying to teach them or getting them to work out (in a meeting or training environment). It is important as a coach that you gain an understanding from your players.