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45 sec rule….

Just a quick post, following on from my last one really. Whilst teaching undergrad sports students to teach in schools I made a rule – you can only talk for 45 seconds at a time!

We timed people talking/demonstrating and observed the children to see when the lost interest, 45sec was about the max time. Last week when I spoke to my coaches about the session I mentioned this, the idea is the children spend more time doing and less time pretending to listen!

 

I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂

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New class structure…..

I am currently in a very fortunate position to have 4 newly qualified level 2 coaches at the club. All 4 of them are technically very proficient and we run the class in a sort of “round robin”. We have a children’s class with about 30 kids in, we split the session so they all warm up together (normally some sort of game followed by gymnastics, ukemi and ebi).

Then we split them into groups and we have 2-4 “stations” with each group doing 10 mins at each station (for example one on kumi kata, one on a throw and one on a hold down/turnover).

This works great, the kids don’t get bored, coaches only have 10 minutes so if there is an annoying kid or it isn’t going well it’s not long. Also we normally have two stations running at once so each coach gets a rest session and we have a “policemen” who can go from group to group and help with coaching points or discipline.

We then move on to randori (nage waza and ne waza) before finishing with some sort of game and a cool down.

The cool down is normally taken by one of the sports leaders and this gives me the chance to quickly de-brief the coaches on their coaching.

Here are some pictures…

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Ne waza with Mike, you can see me on the right watching both sessionsImage

In this one Glenn is taking the nage waza and I have come across as the “policeman”Image

In this one you can see the nage waza session and the ne waza in the background

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Glenn with the little ones…

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A very interesting post about coaches communication/interaction 🙂

BOX THEM IN

Over the past 15 years or so I am sure like many coaches I have journeyed through a similar path when it comes to my own personal development; registering and attending coaching licenses, workshops and seminars – observing other coaches in action – watching as much football as possible both live and on TV to observe team trends – trying develop my own ideas and philosophies with the teams and players I coach – online registrations to coaching materials and forums – joining social media communities to interact and share information with other coaches and the reading of a wide range of literature, documents and biographies to gain a further inside understanding of coaching and football life.

However this weekend during my weekly Game Analysis duties with New York Red Bulls I was hit with a sudden thought…like a bolt of lightning…ARE WE OVER COACHING OUR PLAYERS?

This bolt…

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