Getting the Message to the Players

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I try to remind myself that we all learn differently.

Most players are probably ‘visual learners’, so when I coach, I try to ‘paint pictures’. One of the best pieces of advice that I have been given is that I should “paint pictures with the ball”. I have understood that to mean that I should SHOW players, rather than talking at them. I wear two watches to time my coaching interventions, reducing the likelihood of me stepping in to make a coaching point and talking for too long, with the risk of losing the audience and not making the point clearly enough.

Below is an example of the starting line-up which I send to my players. I send this to them on the afternoon before our game. I believe that this gives them an early opportunity to see themselves on the field with digestible detail about what their individual jobs are.

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Get Players to See the Pictures Early

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