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, […]

Ripples on a pond — what is coaching, really?

Initial coach training concentrates on developing coaches who can run a “successful” session, where “success” might be defined as “fun” or “purposeful” or “safe” or “active”. But, all too often, the players can leave a “successful” session having practiced a new skill or tactical formation, but not knowing how or when to use it.  And, […]

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 […]