Structured practices creates flexibility, hhmm – sounds a bit like an oxymoron, for how could something that is structured, create flexibility?
It isn’t as contradictory as it sounds, for the structure isn’t in being dogmatic about sticking to things, it’s about having a framework, or structure, to build one’s practices around.
And depending on the age that one is working with, one may build their practices along the following lines:
Individual Up Skill
The above could be one’s practice framework, and there’s only 2 real rules to it, they being:
Start and Finish sessions with a 2 – 5 min talk
Golden Rule – Always finish practice with a game
One may not do all the stuff set out in practice, and the order may change as well, and this is where the flexibility comes in, for by having a framework or structure to hang things on, what people hang things on is up to them.
Field Hockey Game: Rondo
One could give 10 people this structured practice and get them to keep a record of what they do, and even if they theoretically were taking the same team for the year, what they would do and the exercises done within the structured framework would be as varied as the number of people doing it.
Shoot The Foot – Quick Fun Game
And having a structured practice makes it easier when it comes to organizing things, and obviously the longer one coaches and gains a better understanding of what they do, the putting together of practices becomes quicker and easier.
Structured Practices Creates Flexibility in organizing what one does