Sunday Links: Coaching Lessons Learned

Sunday Links: Coaching Lessons Learned, Motivation, Deliberate Training and more

A Letter to My Younger Self:  John Kessell of USA Volleyball reflects on a career and offers up some coaching lessons learned to his younger self, but really to all of us.

6. Play more; Drill far less. Listen & Watch more; Talk far less; Praise more; Criticize far less – and in the end, you will find you need not criticize at all if you learn your players’ reasons and hopes for being in your gym.  GUIDE their discovery of the who, what, when, where, why and how in everything, through questions, not telling them what to do.


If you are interested  in volleyball check out this in-depth training guide for volleyball published by The Sports Fitness Advisor.

The role of income inequality on health and fitness. That’s considered here in this article at Outside Magazine

William Harper looks at Carol Dweck’s research on motivation and the coaching lessons within it

A good number of years ago the American educator and philosopher, John Dewey, wrote a little, sticky sentence when talking about learning.  It was this sentence: “We must have lions in our path.”  In a general sense, Carol Dweck’s literature research review turns nicely on exactly that sentence.  Dewey was arguing that progressive human development depended upon facing challenges.  How we respond to those challenges largely defines the extent to which we become all that we can be….

There are two kinds of achievement goals: learning goals and performance goals.

Alex Quigley writing at The Confident Teacher considers the research on deliberate training, and the keys for teachers

Now, undertaking a vast amount of practice does not confer expertise … Factors such as the underpinning motivational qualities and perseverance of the individual; the quality of coaching; the innate cognitive ability of the person and the capacity of their working memory to retain key information. These are just some of the complications that muddy the narrative somewhat. Yet, they may muddy the water, but they do not eliminate the big fish of the idea: that the simple but very powerful idea that ‘deliberate practice‘ can have a transformative impact on performance for teachers and beyond.

…We need to train ourselves, and our students in what W. B. Yeat’s poetically described as “the fascination of what is difficult” if we are to last the course. It takes time and effort – some deep habit forming actions – with a strong degree of resilience to plough through the many failures on the path to mastery.

You can also check out an excellent podcast with Anders Ericsson the most famous researcher of deliberate training here.

Great coaching lessons learned throughout these articles.


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