Should we really be trying to get better? Or can we just enjoy the ride?

I have written before about the “philosophy” that underlies my coaching — at its simplest, simply an exhortation to “get better”…although this has slowly evolved to include a definition of what “better” might mean for the player. But a recent article on Medium.com has made me think again.

Anniversary Post — The Teesra Turns Ten

Today marks an anniversary for The Teesra. The first recorded visit to a post on theteesra.wordpress.com was on 2nd May, 2010. The blog existed on a a different platform before this (and, indeed, the earliest posts on this site are dated from 2009), but stats on wordpress.com begin on 2nd May, 2010. An auspicious day …

Practice vs. Play; Freedom vs. Discipline

…it should be the aim of an ideally constructed education that the discipline be the voluntary issue of free choice, and that the freedom should gain an enrichment of possibility as the issue of discipline. Alfred North Whitehead, The Rhythmic Claims of Freedom and Discipline, 1922 Substitute “education” in this quotation with “coaching programme”. A …