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The coaches toolkit revisited (2): Blocked, Variable or Random?

Following on from reviewing my use of the coaches’ toolkit, I wanted to take a look at how I deploy different types of practice — Blocked, Variable, Random — and what I can do better.

I have long been an advocate of game-based practice — because I like playing games, and so do (most of) the children I coach — so I’ll admit in advance a preference for Random.

But that doesn’t mean there is no place for Variable, or even Blocked, practice — there always will be, but for me it’s games, first.

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The coaches toolkit revisited (1): how well do I use the tools at my disposal?

I have blogged previously about the contents of my “coaches’ toolkit”, but I have never really considered how well I actually use the tools.

Prompted, again, by the iCoachKids MOOC Coaching on the Ground: Planning, Doing & Reviewing, it’s time to take another look.

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Coaching Philosophy v2.01

Back in December 2018 I drafted a “coaching philosophy’ whilst working through the iCoachKids MOOC Developing Effective Environments for Children in Sport.

My Coaching Philosophy v2.0

  • Better is always possible — you just might have to re-define your better!
  • But if it isn’t fun, the participants won’t come back next week, and will never have the chance to get any better!

I have belatedly returned to the iCK courses, and have just completed MOOC #3, Coaching on the Ground: Planning, Doing, Reviewing.

One challenge set for the “Lifelong Learning Coach” is to revisit and review behaviours, habits, and philosophies.

So — how does the Philosophy 2.0 it still stand up to scrutiny, 15 months on?