“Be specific, not relative”
These are the things you will hear every day in thousands of gyms all over the world as coaches provide the vital feedback that drives change and is necessary for improvement. Like so many things coaches do with the best of intentions the effect of this feedback is limited to exact instant that is given. The player cannot use this feedback again in the future. This feedback only has meaning when compared to the previous action, i.e. it is relative feedback.
When giving feedback, like in every other aspect of coaching, it is important to be specific. And with technical and tactical feedback the goal must be to create a model of the activity that can be used all the time, even when the coach is not standing next to the player. So instead of relative terms, the coach should always be using the specific terms for the model he wants to create. Instead of ‘higher’, say ‘make the setter jump’ or ‘set through the target’ or ‘jump maximally’ or ‘swing early’ or whatever the case may be.
But whatever you do, be specific, not relative.
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