Use ‘Bouncing Shuttles’ when working with young beginner players
It offers far more than just hitting shuttles
I was talking to a coach who asked what early practices/tasks/challenges they could do with very young players. Something that would not only keep them busy but also start developing traits that would help future development and coaching.
I recommended that they try ‘Bouncing Shuttles’, especially as it was much more than just bouncing shuttles
During our conversation, we agreed that …
- It is an opportunity to develop some early technical skills – you decide which ones 🙂
- Importantly it introduces players to tasks, and challenges and allows them to appreciate the success and failures of development
- It also challenges the coach to set simple, yet progressive practices without the need for complex instructions
- Its not appreciated nearly enough by coaches of young players
We both liked that…
- Demonstration by better players (or maybe the coach) is the primary way of setting practice tasks
- Coaches can use questioning to encourage players to define some of the tasks or the technical elements themselves
- Motivation is a priority in this session, oh and also enjoyment mixed with the challenge (success & struggle)
- Coaches should both use errors/successes (errorful/errorless) practices equally in their coaching
- Using player recollection is preferable to coach direct instruction- ask players what they did last time and what worked or didn’t
If you want to read more and download 17 bouncing practices click here.
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As always, I’m very grateful if you have read this far 🙂
I’d love to hear your views about if and how you would use this idea. Is there any value to bouncing shuttles?
Why not send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Although not in detail, the posts are written to get you thinking and talking with others.