Coaching Tips Of The Week

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To run with the season, I started posting a weekly coaching tip.  These are lessons that I have learnt over the course of the journey.  Many were hard won lessons, some were observations of mistakes I didn’t have to make myself, some of them are reminders to myself of things I should know better.  They are not in any particular order as they are mostly inspired by something that happened in my training on the day that I wrote it down.  Thanks to Luke Reynolds who did most of the actual writing down.  I think there is something here for coaches at all levels.

#36 – “High intensity and high quality are not the same”

#35 – “Over programme”

#34 – “The extra drill is a waste of time”

#33 – “Your reaction is what matters”

#32 – “Competition makes practice worse”

#31 – “Competition makes practice better”

#30 – “Name First”

#29 – “Watch the players”

#28 – “Go to matches”

#27 – “Be consistent”

#26 – “To improve practice, raise standards”

#25 – “Laugh”

#24 – “You have to win the matches you have to win”

#23 – Bad outcome ≠ Bad decision

#22 – “Be specific”

#21 – “Use a whistle”

#20 – “It’s my fault”

#19 – “Every season is different”

#18 – “Three Day Rule”

#17 – “Don’t be precious”

#16 – “Listen to pepper”

#15 – “Check the hair”

#14  – “The difference is a tenth of a second”

#13 – “Players don’t like being shouted at”

#12 –  “Shout at the one you are angry at”

#11 – “Shining a light on something creates, not prevents, problems” – Part Two

#10 – “Shining a light on something creates, not prevents, problems” – Part One

#9 – “The quality of practice is directly related to the amount of time you spend thinking about the practice itself, preparation and organization are key.”

#8 – “First, get the team to play as well as they can.”

#7 – “The first time you do anything it is terrible.”

#6 – “The first job of the coach is to make the players want to come to practice.”

#5 – “Everything Is Timing”

#4 – “Coaching is not a theoretical exercise”

#3 – “Take time to smell the roses”

#2 – “The more tired the players, the higher the intensity of practice should be”

#1 – “Never make any judgements on individual players or the team after the first day or week of training”


For more great coaching tips, check out the Vyacheslav Platonov coaching book here.

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