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 …

The Spectrum of Sport Coaching Styles — mini review

I was very taken by Mosston’s classification of teaching styles with decision making as a central defining characteristic (see Reflections on and with Mosston’s Spectrum of Teaching Styles) — when the decisions are taken (pre-delivery, delivery, post) and by whom (teacher or learner) — so I was especially interested to see how the Teaching Styles …