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8 Week Coaching Challenge - Week 1

Our friends at PropelPerform have put together a 8 Week Challenge for all coaches.

We thought this was a great initiative to share with our Roller Derby Coaches.

Each week we will post the weekly challenges for coaches to undertake.

Share your journey as a skater or a coach with us and let us know how you go!

Ready?

Week 1

Challenge: Do not speak for more than 30 seconds at a time.

Too often we see coaches talking and athletes listening with very little engagement, learning and understanding.

Your challenge is never speak for more than 30 seconds at a time.

Of course, you can stop the game or drill and provide feedback, corrections or progressions but at no time can you speak for more than 30 seconds.

The Rationale: There are 3 reasons we like this challenge: physiological, pedagogical, and periodisation.

Firstly, every time an activity is stopped for the coach to speak heart rates, breathing rates and sweating rates start to return to resting levels.

Do this often enough and for long enough and it means that you’re going to have to find other times in your already squeezed schedule to do ‘fitness stuff’.

On the other hand, if lecture time is minimised, the athletes get a conditioning effect through the regular practice.

Secondly, by limiting your speaking time to 30 seconds means your drills and games need to be familiar to your athletes.

While young coaches often think their more experienced counter parts have a wider selection of drills/games, the truth is that the experienced coaches seem to have small collection of drills/game but plenty of options, variations and progressions.

Lastly, the ’30 Second Challenge’ prevents any drill that ‘I saw on YouTube’/the All Blacks do/’I’ve just made up’ from suddenly appearing at practice.

It means that a coach must break the drill/game down into it’s simplest parts, introduce it to the athletes and can only progress it when the athletes are ready.

3 good reasons to accept this challenge.

Remember, most athletes prefer to ‘do’ rather than ‘listen’.

- See more at: http://propelperform.com/coaching-challenge-1/#sthash.A4jcTfpy.dpuf

While young coaches often think their more experienced counter parts have a wider selection of drills/games, the truth is that the experienced coaches seem to have small collection of drills/game but plenty of options, variations and progressions.

Lastly, the ’30 Second Challenge’ prevents any drill that ‘I saw on YouTube’/the All Blacks do/’I’ve just made up’ from suddenly appearing at practice.

It means that a coach must break the drill/game down into it’s simplest parts, introduce it to the athletes and can only progress it when the athletes are ready.

3 good reasons to accept this challenge.

Remember, most athletes prefer to ‘do’ rather than ‘listen’.

Check out the PropelPerform website here for the direct page of the challenge and subscribe to their mailing list!

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