Where did you learn about coaching?

Over the summer, a Twitter correspondent asked me how I learnt about coaching. Fair question. I do (probably too often) post quite definitive statements to Twitter of what I believe to be the reality of coaching. I am happy to express an opinion on subjects “way above my pay grade”. Even when those “opinions” are …

Follow-up: The coaches toolkit revisited (3): deliberate practice vs. deliberate play

Many thanks to @ImSporticus for including this post in his weekly round-up of re-posts — it generated quite a few comments. This, from Phil Kearney: “As a means to move away from a “versus” mentality, I really like Whitehead’s description of freedom (play) and discipline (practice) as “…two rhythms, now one of which is louder, …

The coaches toolkit revisited (3): deliberate practice vs. deliberate play

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 …