Is there a third way? Coach as “learning consultant”?

There is an ongoing, sometimes rancorous, debate in the coaching world as to the relative merits of “instruction” and “discovery” learning. From, on one side, those who want to line players up behind cones, and have them take turns to replicate skills demonstrated by their coach. Or those who set up games and leave the …

How we learn to move — mini-review

Rob Gray’s How We Learn to Move is sure to become the go-to resource for any coach interested in the Ecological Dynamics approach to skill acquisition. The book is sub-titled “A revolution in the way we coach & practice sports skills”, and this is no exaggeration. A quite brilliant, inspirational read, for anyone who has …

Myths of Sport Coaching — mini review

Myths of Sport Coaching, edited by Amy Whitehead & Jenny Coe, presents a fascinating review of some of the most fervently believed myths sport coaching. The contributors, who use published research to explain why the various myths lack foundation, and, in many cases, go on to suggest alternative approaches, again backed by research. It is, …