Questioning to develop skill

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

Selecting a coach for your child

Selecting a coach for your child

Jeff Mitchell – Community Coach Advisor – Sport Auckland / GACU

Parents are often confused by what they should look at in a potential coach. Is the best coach the one that wins the most? What about the coach that has played internationally? What is actually required to coach effectively? In this article I will discuss what parents should look for when assessing the suitability of a coach.  For this article we will focus on coaches of children and youth (up to mid-teens). In a future article I will discuss how coaches can develop their abilities so that they meet these criteria. Continue reading