Welcome to the March 2016 edition of Coaching Matters, a round up of the articles I have found interesting in the month relating to coaching, sport science, physical preparation and skill acquisition.
This edition marks 3 years of Coaching Matters. The first post had 10 links and one video! As a result I was really pleased this month to receive an email from Julie Loomis, a coach at an after school group, saying she had found the posts useful but more importantly that one of the kids in her group had found an excellent resource she wanted to share. A massive thanks to Sara for this list of fun ways to get kids active and fit & good luck on your journey to becoming a coach!
Plenty going on this month in the World of Sport including calls for a ban on tackling in schools rugby, Austin Healey claiming under 17’s should not use weight training & doping scandals abounding with big names like Maria Sharapova being caught out. In all these stories there is a real polarisation of issues which tend to be simplified to right vs wrong, good vs evil etc. If you are after an offbeat look at the problems of oversimplifying complex issues then Bitter Lake, a documentary by Adam Curtis on the roots of the War on Terror, is a great watch. Hard going at first but well worth persevering with.
One other small thing to share is that the group of Netball players I have been coaching are tested on the 30:15 VIFT developed by Martin Buchheit as part of the England Netball setup. This is not a protocol I have used previously & templates I found did not fit my needs for providing the players with individualised programs so I made my own. You can download it HERE – massive caveat – I am terrible at Maths and Excel so you will need to go over the equations with a fine tooth comb. If you find any major flaws please do let me know!
The whole point of this blog is sharing and interaction so if you have written or know of similar content that would be good for future posts then please let me know via Twitter @SiNainby.
Don’t forget to check out the Coaching Matters Live Round Up Tool, all the previous Coaching Matters blogs, my Notes From blogs of various lectures/CPD I have attended and various random thoughts on coaching.
- Ross Tucker: Banning the tackle in rugby – A lesson in A vs Z
- Harvard University: Key scientific Concepts of the Developing Child
- My Fastest Mile: Hangout with Mark Carter of Ministry of Football
- Work less, live more
- Let’s stop pretending we know everything. We often fail to notice things that we are not expecting
- Off-beat Zen
- We’re Trying To Do “The Wrong Thing Right” in Schools
- Mladen Jovanovic: It Depends… On the Context
- John Kiely: A New Understanding of Stress and the Implications for Our Cultural Training Paradigm
- Aspire Academy: Training Load 16 Conference Lecture Videos
- Steve Magness: What Actually Matters- Concepts or Details?
- Ivy League Moves to Eliminate Tackling at Football Practices
- Is the Pursuit of Excellence Healthy?
- Wayne Bennett: What makes England’s ‘supercoach’ so super?
- Inside the head of England’s George Ford: From meticulous kicking practice to cushion arranging
- Gymnast’s dangerous leap for success
- What are the UK’s top areas for running and cycling?
- Irish Rugby TV: David Nucifora On Age-Grade Development
- Doping: a keen eye for the completely obvious
- Paul Kimmage: Professional tennis could teach the mafia about omerta
- Dozens of Tennis Players named in Confessed Match Fixer’s Computer Files
- Let the creative sparks fly: The ‘C’ system
- Inside the Wales Under-20 camp: How the creation of an unbreakable team culture has left the young Dragons on the verge of a Grand Slam
- 8 Warning Signs of Really Bad Youth Sports Coaching
- Ian Davies: Rugby union too focused on naming ex-players as head coaches
- Barton to Mills: ‘What do you know about developing players’
- Sonny Pike on life as a football prodigy: ‘At 17 my head was finished. I was suicidal’
- Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience: Rugby Coach
- England U20s evolving set-piece under lineout guru Simon Hardy
- Revealed: The secrets behind Eddie Jones’ seven-week England revolution
- Manchester United news: Nicky Butt gets tough on youngsters – but disputes the club’s academy is ‘in a mess’
- What a performance – What if concert goers acted like touchline parents?
- Lance Hohaia’s nightmare head knocks
- Propel Perform: National & State Sports Organisations
- Germany intends to keep its doping secret
- Eddie Jones talks about how he would manage Chris Gayle
- Eddie Jones: Have you got long fingernails? You’ll need them – you’re clinging on to your place
- Flats on Friday: Robshaw emerges rosy from the thorniest of paths
- Reflective practice is a key skill within coach development
- Thierry Henry fast track coaching licence sparks probe call after ‘biased’ complaint
- Growth through adversity: The Jason Day story
- A Challenge to Soccer’s Version of Solitary Confinement
- How FDJ and French cycling caught up with the rest of the peloton
- Volunteer soccer coach’s open letter to parents goes viral
- Gary Neville: Why did he fail as Valencia manager?
Summary of comments made by adults (other than coach) from sideline at U13 football fixture today: pic.twitter.com/ocLP1fNmfl
— Sporticus (@ImSporticus) March 12, 2016
Skill Acquisition/Dynamic Systems
- Nick Levett: How do you know that learning occurs? Do you track or measure this in any way? Great Twitter thread
- Sporticus: A constraints led approach in designing flow activities
- I ‘get it’ but will ‘they’? Gathering evidence that ‘embracing complexity’ makes things simpler and more effective
- Analysing Performance: Hearing Other Voices
- Train Ugly: Motor Learning: Block vs Random Practice
- Cricket players more successful when batting the ‘wrong’ way
- Paddy Upton: ‘In high-pressure moments the quality of decision-making matters more than skill’
- Footblogball: Generating uncertainty and becoming attuned to key information sources
- Footblogball: The role of Representative Learning Design in creating a Learning Space
- Shawn Myszka: The Death of the Movement Coach?!
- Shawn Myszka: Applying Motor Learning Theories to Movement Practice for Larger Groups
- John Leonzo Basketball: Chad Songy Interview
- John Leonzo Basketball: Harri Mannonen
— DIEGO A. MOYANO (@DIEGOAMOYANO1) March 5, 2016
- Derek Hansen: Is Specificity Killing Us?
- Eddie Hall: Strongman risking death to achieve his dream?
- The Animal and the Machine: Velocity Based Training for Cybernetic Periodization by Carl Valle
- A week in the life of a Sale Sharks academy player, Part One
- A week in the life of a Sale Sharks academy player, Part Two – Mark Bennett offers advice
- Designing Metabolic Conditioning Programmes – Part I | Part II
- Kelvin Giles: The 5in5 in 2016
- Judoka: The generalist specialist, and the growth of the movement culture
- Should I pay more attention to my body clock?
- How bulking up landed me in hospital
- Proformance: Weights vs Skills Debate
- England Rugby Nutrition Website FoodForRugby.org
- Pacey Performance Podcast:
- The Video Analyst: An Insight into the Inaugural Tactical Insights Conference
- Mike Young: The Effect of Travel, Minutes Played, Game Density and Sleep on Performance & Injury Likelihood
- Book extract: Surgery, The Ultimate Placebo by Ian Harris
- Sports scientists piecing together jigsaw puzzle of muscle growth
- Influence of Female Sports Dietitians’ Physical Characteristics on Athlete Perception of Effectiveness
- Training Load Conference In Aspire Round Up
- Meta Analysis is Crumbling
- Empower the Experts
- Retraction Watch: We’re using a common statistical test all wrong. Statisticians want to fix that
- Say no to the needle: why acupuncture just isn’t worth trying
- AFC Bournemouth Academy Bio-banding
- Alex Hutchinson: The Latest on Low-Carb, High-Fat Diets
- What incentives work best to get a team to exercise more?
- Pro cyclist, author, and activist Kathryn Bertine turned off her power meter for a year and found a new measure of strength
- Dr Sophia Nimphis: Change of direction deficit: A more isolated measure of change of direction performance than total 505 time
- Dr Andy Franklin Miller: Are your orthotics doing what the they say they are? and does who made them matter?
- The Right Way to Hold People Accountable
- Three behaviours business leaders can learn from the world’s best football players
- How to Build a Culture of Originality
- 5 Rules of Business from Slack founder Stewart Butterfield
- Building a psychologically safe workplace: Amy Edmondson
- Facebook and Twitter Turned Him Down. Now He’s Worth $4 Billion
- The Swedish secret to happiness at work
- Avoid Group Think With This Tool
- How do children learn to form social bonds?
- What really works in schools and classrooms? John Hattie, Professor of Education
- Counterpoint to above article: Old Hat(tie)? Some things you ought to know about effect sizes
- Learning Frontiers: Australian Institute for Teaching & School Leadership
- Creative Public Leadership for Innovative Schools
- Deans for Impact: The Science of Learning
- Science says parents of successful kids have these 11 things in common
- Stop banning children from playing sport, teachers told by Nicky Morgan
- Education vs Learning – It is time to set learning free
- Children should learn mainly through play until age of eight, says Lego
- Is ‘Grit’ Doomed To Be The New Self-Esteem?
- Brain training: should you believe the hype?
- Improving Students’ Learning With Effective Learning Techniques: Promising Directions From Cognitive and Educational Psychology
- 10 Urban Myths about Learning and Education
- Children should learn mainly through play until age of eight, says Lego
- Centre for Neuroscience in Education
- The Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment
- Pragmatic Learning: It’s not “fun”
- Trump’s Ascent Proves Failure of US Education System
- The 20 best science images of the year?
- Why are so many smart people such idiots about philosophy?
- Facebook is eating the world
- Can Reading Make You Happier?
- How Libraries Are Becoming Modern Makerspaces
- Dave Snowden: Innovation & the Knowledge Ecosystem
- The Stress Test – Rivalries, intrigue, and fraud in the world of stem-cell research
- Why do police have such out-of-date psychological theories?
- The Bulletproof Diet is everything wrong with eating in America
- Michael Shermer: The True Meaning of BS – Would you know it if you saw it?
- The ethics of conspiracy theories
- Surviving winter in the Middle Ages – Man spends 8 months living all alone in 10th Century conditions
- Banned TED Talk: Nick Hanauer “Rich people don’t create jobs”
- Fear is boring, and other tips for living a creative life
- How to Beat Writers Block
- What Children’s Brains Tell Us About Trauma: Invest Early
- Meditation Plus Running as a Treatment for Depression
- Field-dev’d Excel tool literally saved lives in Afghanistan
- Is Mindfulness Meditation Dangerous?
- When therapy causes harm
- Tim Urban: Inside the mind of a master procrastinator
- Are brain-stimulating headphones a good idea?
- No, Brain Waves Can’t Explain Politics
- How To Change Someone’s Mind, According To Science
- Late sleepers are tired of being discriminated against. And science has their back.