Coach as “learning consultant” — can we help players to learn how to learn?

Barney Ronay posted this, typically insightful, article on the recriminations after England’s latest Ashes drubbing — Not all failings of England’s Test team can be blamed on County cricket. One line stands out, for me. “Root’s complaints about not replicating exactly the conditions of Test cricket in advance are the words of a sports person …

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 …