Questioning to develop skill
Jeff Mitchell – Community Sport Advisor – Sport Auckland
Questioning is an effective tool for developing players. We know that to execute a skill players need to combine the correct technique with an appropriate decision of when and how to use it, all the while evaluating the current situation. Players are constantly making decisions during competition, making it impossible for you to tell your players what to do in every situation that they face. You can, however, help your players to develop their ability to solve the problems these situations pose, helping you to develop independent players.
There are several tools that you can use to develop the skill of your players, including instruction, feedback, conditioned games and video analysis. Another highly effective tool is the use of questioning, which will be the focus of this article. We will look at how you can use questioning as a tool to develop your players’ skill, why you should be asking questions, the different purposes of questions related to skill development, and the types of questions that you can ask. Continue reading