Learning and Performance. The Wednesday Weekly Roundup is where The Coaching Conversation points you to interesting articles on Coaching, Leadership, Sports, Performance, Health and Fitness, and sometimes, money.
A Case for Cognitive Fitness (Player Development Project)
Not surprisingly learning requires fitness. Cognitive fitness. Our players need to hone an ability that was gifted to them at birth. Our players, on the pitch and in real time, must perceive their environment, conceive of the options available to them, execute the best option and assess the efficacy of that decision.
Learning in the ugly zone: the importance of play and exploration (Connected Coaches)
Embrace this idea coaches: The perfect orderly sessions are rarely the best sessions. Give yourself room to learn.
The same applies when we are learning to become a skillful coach. In order to understand how the individual, task and environmental constraints can be adjusted to create an optimal learning experience for different individuals, we coaches need to be able to explore and play in our own ugly zones of coaching practice.
Also, great image for what it means to learn in the ugly zone.
The Thin White Line, What Divides A Coach from a Player (Tiffany Weimer Blog)
We act as though we are caught between, but sometimes it’s good to be both.
Achieving peak performance. A conversation with Anders Ericcson (The Psych Report)
Happy to see him point out that Gladwell is responsible for the 10,000 hour oversimplification.
We don’t think there was anything magical about 10,000 hours. The point that we were trying to make was that even the most talented individuals, in order to reach the highest levels, spent tremendous amounts of time working and practicing by themselves. The interesting finding that we saw was that the best students, on average, practiced more than the other two groups of students at this international music academy. Basically, we found evidence that even at the elite level, the amount of training you have in your developmental history is at least correlated with the performance that you attain.
The gold of the book Peak is the concept of mental representations. When I am looking for examples of mental representation– Megan Rapinoe, Steph Curry.
Getting Our Athletes into The Zone (Player Development Project)
Brings together a variety of research on the role a coach/mentor plays in player development.
To assist a person to move through the zone of proximal development, coaches are encouraged to take on the role of more knowledgeable other (MKO) and assist the learning process.
Learn the theory behind the approach. Grow confident that you already do much of this, but see the nuanced ways in which you go astray. Realize jargon exists for a reason. Language is precise.
The promising early insights into Kate Markgraf’s work as USWNT general manager (The Athletic)
Excellent look at the new leader of the USWNT programs.
It’s only a few days into the Markgraf-Andonovski partnership — there’s still much to find out about how they’ll work together, how much input Andonovski will have in terms of bigger picture decisions outside of the senior national team, but Markgraf has always been clear that she intended to make a hire who would drive development across the entire program.
Historic CBA to close football’s gender pay gap (Football Network)
The new CBA shifts the focus towards a partnership that incentivises players, FFA and the PFA to maximise returns for all national team activities in order to generate real and sustainable revenue growth.
Patriots rookie Joejuan Williams is all about (protecting) the money (Boston Globe)
Taught by one of the assistant football coaches, Greg Carson, the personal finance class at Father Ryan introduced Williams to the basics of investing and retirement planning. He learned about hedge funds, 401(k) plans, certificates of deposit, and Roth IRAs. He learned how to budget and how to file a tax refund. He learned, most importantly, how to make smart choices.
For World Series champion Nats, the team that wouldn’t die, there was no doubt, just hope (WaPo)
And then the 2012 team broke through with a division title. The growth was slow. The pivot — in both expectations and possibilities — seemed sudden.
Driven (Coaches Voice)
Laura Harvey describes her coaching journey
Oh my days. We’ve got nothing.
Between Seasons (TCC)
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Who is Sean Dolittle (Wikipedia)
Besides a World Champion, a man with a conscience.
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