This week’s coaching links look at the value of a simple and clear approach in both coaching and teaching. Books, Leadership and women’s sport links are also found below.
Simple and Clear
In the higher pressure environment at Dortmund Klopp realised the value of instructing his teams to live in the moment. His philosophy was about never focusing on the end of the season goals, just on the next game. Training had a fixed pattern being competitive and importantly incredibly focussed on fun.
Its clear that Klopp knows that once a game begins it is simplicity that helps players get through. He knows that in front of 30, 40, 50 thousand fans complex tactical changes are lost on players.
That’s right. He wanted them focusing on what they were doing. Let’s worry about us, and the results will take care of themselves; keeping it simple.
You need to be strategic in your use of data so that you can solve real problems that manifest themselves on game day. Time moves too fast and games come at you too quickly to just wade through endless spreadsheets and charts hoping to find a differentiator.
It was exactly the kind of guidance – clear, practical, precise – that Lemov had been missing. And it worked.
I’m always interested in someone else’s craft. So it’s always good to learn about the crafts of different experts. That was probably the thing that stuck out to me most about the film. Learning about a world that I knew nothing about. Just the passion. The way they spoke about it is always a good thing, especially when you’re passionate about your craft.
The skill of the coach is to understand what is really important and makes a difference and how you can transfer that information to the players.
Women in Sport
“To me, if you’re qualified we’re going to find you,” Smith said on Feb. 4. “If you’re a great player, we’re going to find you. We’re going to mix a lot of different people together, and we’re going to let them do their job. And they’re going to do it well.”
“Also, there’s a bit of an assumption that needs to be unpicked that people start coaching grass roots and as they get better they want to start coaching better performers. That isn’t necessarily true. Why can’t they be very good at the level they want to be at and develop horizontally?”
In 1972, she joined the cast of “The NFL Today,” co-hosting pregame shows before games and was one of the first women to have a national role in television sports.
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