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Learning regardless of the result

Using your learning edge

Part 5 – Learning regardless of the result

Jeff Mitchell – Community Sport Advisor – Sport Auckland

Competition is exciting, and everyone wants to win. Win or lose, every match presents you with opportunities to learn and grow. In this article we will look at how you can learn regardless of the result. We will examine what you can learn from competition and a process for learning, win or lose. Continue reading

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Embracing mistakes

Using your learning edge

Part 4 – Embracing mistakes

Jeff Mitchell – Community Sport Advisor – Sport Auckland

Working at your learning edge is messy. As you are working outside of your comfort zone you will probably be making a lot of mistakes. The key to learning from mistakes is how you respond to them. Having the right mindset and following a process for learning from your mistakes will enable you to grow from them, pushing your learning edge further out and increasing your ability to coach effectively. In this article we examine mistakes and their role in the learning process. Continue reading

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Using your learning plan

Using your learning edge

Part 3 – Using your learning plan

Jeff Mitchell – Community Sport Advisor – Sport Auckland

So far in this series we have looked at the role of learning and how to work at your learning edge – the area where the greatest learning takes place. In this article we will look at how to put together a learning plan to ensure that you spend as much time in your learning edge as possible. Continue reading

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Your learning edge

Using your learning edge

Part 2 – Your learning edge

Jeff Mitchell – Community Sport Advisor – Sport Auckland

In our first article we discussed how learning is not just about gaining knowledge, but rather about improvement. It is about finding new solutions and achieving competency at a task. It is also about identifying what you don’t currently know or are unaware of. In this article we will look at the learning cycle, the learning zones, and how to set goals that require you to operate at your learning edge. Continue reading

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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

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Recommended coaching books

While there is no substitute for experience, it is important as a coach to keep increasing your knowledge of the craft. Books are still a good resource for doing this. They are a source of information, provide you with alternative viewpoints, and can challenge you to examine how you currently operate. In this section I will be providing a number of books that cover a range of coaching topics. Continue reading

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Learning and coaching

Using your learning edge

Part 1 – Learning and coaching

Jeff Mitchell – Community Sport Advisor – Sport Auckland

Coaching is the process of helping athletes to grow and develop in order to reach their potential. To do this well requires a focus on learning – of both the coach and the athlete. In our new series of articles we are going to examine the learning process and how you can use it to increase your coaching effectiveness. Continue reading

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Coaching books

It is important to keep learning about the craft of coaching so that you keep improving your delivery. There are a range of ways that you can gain information – online through sources such as google and twitter, by watching DVD’s, through observing and talking to other coaches, and by trying things out and then reflecting on the result. An older method is by reading books. Even with the range of technology available to us today, we should not forget the use of a good old-fashioned book for learning about how we can coach. Continue reading

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Developing skilled athletes

Developing skilled athletes

Jeff Mitchell – Community Sport Advisor – Sport Auckland

In this article we will discuss skill and decision making. After reading this article you should have an understanding of what skill is, the role of decision making, and how to develop your players’ skills. 

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