Startled Rabbits, and they’re off, we see it on the sports field time and time again. Someone gets the ball, they run with it, they get tackled, turn the ball over, someone in the opposition gets the ball, runs with it, gets tackled, turns the ball over, and like startled rabbits, it just continues over and over again.
Yep, I’ve used that term before, and I don’t enjoy watching games like that, sure there’s a lot happening, but not a lot being achieved, and if one has ever played a game like that, you’ll know how knackered one becomes.
Now I have a new term I’ve added to my stable, and this one is Chirping Bird Syndrome and comes from the Needy Behaviour aspect of people.
You’ll know, especially with children, where you have three or four of them clambering for one’s attention, just calling out your name – “Brian, Brian Brian”
I Shall Release Brian – Monty Python
The thing is, is that it may not be for all negative attention, for some people positive reinforcement maybe the first time, or they rarely come across it, and they want more of it.
So when coaching, be aware of Chirping Birds and Startled Rabbits for they can make a lot of noise, and create a lot of activity, but the end result, is not a lot is really getting done