In the iCoachKids MOOC, “Coaching on the Ground: Planning, Doing and Reviewing”, coaches were challenged to review their coaching practice.
I have looked at my use of the coaching tools themselves, and of the spectrum of practice types, Blocked-Variable-Random.
In this final section, I wanted to look at the question of Deliberate Play vs. Deliberate Practice.
The design of “deliberate” (or “purposeful”) activities (all coaching activities) should include:
- clear progression and challenge;
- outcomes (“if you don’t know where you are going to, how do you know when you have arrived?”).
- coach feedback and/or opportunities to reflect on performance and the relevance of the techniques (technical, physical, mental, social) to the game.
But is it deliberate practice, or deliberate play?