Coaching in the 21st Century is all about being creative and the only way one can become creative is to begin imagining a better possibility, in other words, coaching all begins in the mind.
And the old days of coaching of just running a few drills and assuming that everybody wants to learn and improve disappeared many years ago, but there is a paradox to all of this in that everyone who coaches is working to and that is the aspect of repetition.
But repetition of merely doing the same drills doesn’t work anymore, so where does one fit in the repetition require for improving and getting better, and this is where the creative coaching comes in, for the repetition that one builds into their coaching process is in the techniques that one uses for executing the skills.
So once one realises that, that it is in the repetition of the techniques, then that begins to open up greater opportunities in becoming more creative in how one coaches, whilst getting the same results, or even better, and hence one can begin to introduce more games into their practices and training sessions.
And the following are some simple games and challenges that can be done:
Shoot the Foot
Blindfolded Drag Flick Crossbar Challenge
Tennis ball Challenge
And even though they are all done from a field hockey perspective, I’m sure they can be adopted and adapted to most sports played.
The creative side of coaching is becoming a bigger element to the sporting scene, and those that embrace this creative aspect will find that their coaching will become the better for it