Are you willing to take the challenge?
I was asked these questions by my Coaching mentor. He wanted me to both improve my coaching of ‘Starting Skills’ and to think far more about What and How I coached.
Obviously he thought I needed help, so he challenged me:)
I think the hardest Question is No. 4
No. 5 may be the most impactful on your coaching
Q1 Is the split-step an anticipatory or reflective movement?
- its an either or but the difference is huge
Q2 In which direction would a person generally split-step?
- Can you create a one sentence that covers nearly all possibilities
Q3 What initiates the timing of the movement?
- what factors influence the timing, what is seen or known by the player
Q4 What other court movements should the split-step be linked (very closely) with?
- are there movements that are easily combined and closely with all splits
Q5 What do you think are the important elements a coach will include in a practice that introduces and develops the movement
- what would you include in every (nearly all) practice situations. The critical components of the practice.
- can you state 3 – 5 points that you firmly believe need to be included. Some will be visible to observers some not.
- how much do you tell, and how do you instruct. Or, could you coach without saying much but allowing the practice to develop those essential elements you’ve listed.
Q6 Have all these questions/discussions changed your view of coaching the split step and if so by how much?
- Are there any aspects that surprised you or changed your thinking
- Did your answers solidified or change your beliefs
What did you see in this short video?
- what split did she perform?
- was it in the ‘correct’ direction to the shuttle that was returned by her opponent?