When it comes to the skills of a sport, we always talk about the basics, but what does the basics really mean and how helpful is it really knowing them.
When we talk about the basics, depending on the sport, it is generally:
Dispossessing (Eg: Tackling)
Moving with the object (Eg: Running with the ball)
When you start really looking at the term basics, what is found is that it is really only a generic term, an important generic, but a generic term none the less.
For example, if you ask someone to pass the ball, how are they going to pass it, how many ways can the ball be passed?
So it’s time to get more specific for a generic isn’t really good enough for coaching, we have to become more specific and this is where the term keys come in for they take you to a specific skill to execute the basics of sport.
Because there is a difference between basics of a sport and keys of a sport, for:
Basics are a description of what’s required to be done, the keys are how the basics are to be done in the most effective and efficient way.
When you start looking at sport through the aspects of the keys, it changes the focus on what’s required to be done.
Key skills are skills which allows players to be the most effective and efficient on the playing field