Silent, can you hear the noise, nope, neither can I. There’s a set of skills in sport which are totally ignored, forgotten, yet they play a big part within the game process.
And these so called silent skills are simply these:
Game Talk – (Communication)
Reading the Play
Playing To A Team Structure
And yet how much work as coaches, and players, do we put into improving these areas?
And one may say, how can communication be a silent skill?
Have you heard a team that doesn’t talk, it’s pretty silent isn’t it.
The Sound Of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel
I’m sure there is another word to call these skills, for anything that has to be done is a skill, and as usual, some are better at these skills than others, though how much reward and recognition do we give to those players who excel in these areas?
I bet you the answer is very little, and yet players who can do these silent skills are indispensable to a team.
So have a look around at the sides that one is involved in, whether as a player, coach or spectator, and start looking at those players who are good at the above skills, and the reason one hasn’t really noticed these players before, is because they are indeed silent skills