Daily practice is where the action happens in sport, but rarely do we look at how we can make it better. By changing how we practice, we have the best opportunity to change how we play the game. If we make practice better we can make game performance better. On this episode of the GAINcast week look at some recent examples of good and bad practice in the media and discuss topics like teaching, organization, feedback, and structure.
Highlights and Quotes
There have been quite a few interesting articles and videos in the media recently, highlighting both good and bad practices. We started off this week’s GAINcast by highlighting a few things we’ve been reading and using that as a launching pad to discuss best practices and common areas of improvement in practice.
- 1:00 -“How you teach is as important as what you teach. ” Some examples of good and bad practice in recent media (see links in notes below).
- 10:30 – Coaching is teaching: “When we are talking about coaching we are talking about teaching. “
- 11:30 – Changing practice offers the biggest opportunity to change the game. If we make practice better we can make game performance better.
- 13:30 – Education and the flipped classroom: doing homework in school and lectures at home. Why don’t we do the same thing in sports?
- 15:00 – How can you make practice sticky and transfer? One way is to design more effective movement problems. But do we give the solution first?
- 17:45 – Don’t try to replicate the game, distort it. The competitive arena is chaotic.
- 20:15 – Make mistakes: perfect practice does not lead to perfect performance.
- 20:45 – The interleaving effect.
- 22:00 – Using games for understanding.
- 23:15 – The role of drills.
- 24:30 – Feedback: choose your time and give the athlete space to figure it out.
- 25:15 – Peer coaching: “By coaching the event you help learn the event. “
- 27:30 – Book recommendations
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The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
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- Vern also wrote about this topic last month on the site.
- Read more about some of the recent news on changing practice that spurred this conversation: The Cubs Way: The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse by Tom Verducci, an article in the Guardian about Hoffenheim soccer coach Julian Nagelsmann, Dale Stevenson’s presentation at the IAAF World Championships and the Dan Plan.
- You can learn more about related topics on GAINcast 19 on winning the workout and GAINcast 20 on getting better at getting better. Dale Stevenson, who we spoke about a lot, was also a guest on Episode 66 of the HMMR Podcast.
- We referenced Andreas Schleicher’s TED talk, which can be viewed here.
- Two books recommended on this episode: Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better by Doug Lemov and Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter Brown.