Quality or quantity in deliberate practice: Personal view towards 10,000 hours rule

Quality or quantity in deliberate practice: Personal view towards 10,000 hours rule

A review and discussion of 10,000 hour rule, looking at some of the biggest issues I perceive from the 10,000 hour rule within sporting context, including my ideas towards quality over quantity in training scenarios or environments. This includes single sport specialisation, third party push for early selection to elite sporting programmes, “unimaginative” or repetitive coaching environments or learning scenarios and players or athletes lacking intrinsic drive and creativity, solely searching for greater efficiency.

Why the focus on quality over quantity in training scenarios or environments, such as athlete-led, games based or non-linear approaches by myself as personal preference? I believe this style of approach shall develop greater levels of participation, performance and personal development at both age grade through to elite levels, sustainable throughout specialising and investment stages.

For me, it is not the time, but what you do with it that counts…..

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Chicken or egg?: Player's responding to coaching environment vs coaches structuring environments around player's needs

Chicken or egg?: Player's responding to coaching environment vs coaches structuring environments around player's needs

As coaches, are we allowing the athletes to find, answer and explore around their intrinsic motivations both in and away from the sport? In using game based, TGfU or non linear approaches as a platform, are we allowing them to personally reflect on their perceived competency and autonomously act in building skill level through making both independent and collaborative decisions in games? Are we encouraging our athletes to explore ways of “how to learn” and encourage problem solving as opposed to focusing on content and “what to learn” to allow creative ideas, independence and initiative to be explored in dynamic environments? To “borrow” from Mark O’Sullivan, are we teaching our athletes “in” the game as opposed to content “of” the game?

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Creating environments to perform, grow and enjoy: Eddie Jones' as growth environment architect

Creating environments to perform, grow and enjoy: Eddie Jones' as growth environment architect

Eddie Jones; a fascinating bloke and a curious coach still looking to develop, learn and grow himself while engaging and testing his players with new, creative ideas, which is a great lesson for all coaches at all levels. In this blog post, we look at his role as as growth environment architect, creating environments to perform, grow and enjoy.

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How can we positively impact and influence people through the difficult stages of emerging adulthood?

How can we positively impact and influence people through the difficult stages of emerging adulthood?

“Gen Z and Millennials” on the sports fields and in the workplace are getting coaches, managers and business leaders alike to re-think both how we approach and encourage the pursue of the boundaries of their sporting and innovative potential. Importantly, I believe greater understanding of the importance of this developmental age needs to be understood. While we acknowledge the multiple transitions of life, education, work and sport occurring, developmentally these people and players shall be starting to reconstruct personal past, perceive the present and anticipate the future in an internalised and evolving self-story, searching for psycho-social unity and purpose, something not worked on until these adolescent years. Supportive practices such as acknowledging and incorporating SDT and autonomy supportive practices to allow space to learn, support to understand and time to explain attitudes and beliefs for these age grade athletes and people.

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