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April 2022 Coaches’ Corner

April 11th, 2022

Pushing Practices For Max Development

A big part of the practice is skill development, which is achieved by getting athletes to work just beyond their comfort level.

A solid book on this is by Daniel Coyle who wrote The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How. I highly encourage you to check this book out as he goes into the concept of 'The Sweet Spot'.

“That productive, uncomfortable terrain located just beyond our current abilities, where our reach exceeds our grasp.”

The simple breakdown is as coaches, we need to put players in situations that are just beyond their current comfort zones for them to achieve their potential. Coaches - start with the basics, and then create drills/games that continue to get harder.

For example:

If starting a younger/newer team, always start with the basics.

Simple 2-line passing to ensure proper form (we don't spend long on this).
Next, we'll add a defender and play a simple, fun game where athletes aren't looking to score like “Monkey in the Middle” (two offensive players, one defender).
Then we might play a live game of 5-on-3 (five offensive players, three defenders).
Add an extra defender for 5-on-4.
And finally, 5-on-5.

Each drill continues to build and become a little less comfortable to help the athlete grow. This is the key to keeping players interested and seeing improvement over time. If you need help building your practice plan, I'm here to help. —Kevin

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