'Let the Game be the Teacher'

To a huge degree, there is truth in this ideology.

Team training should largely be about learning how to play the game, and excessive time spent doing isolated practice at team training  (and away from the game) might not be the best way to use valuable team training time.

We are not opposed to this philosophy, however we also believe opportunities do exist for isolated practice, that do not impinge on the 'let the game be the teacher' model.

 

The ' Let the game be the teacher' school of thought has developed mostly from Europe and South America (2 continents that continually develop the worlds best players) and this philosophy has spread to all corners of the world, under the banner of 'worlds best practice'.

But is there a problem with this approach.

Coaches at the top youth academies in these continents (where you would expect worlds best practice to develop) have the luxury of not having to develop the fundamentals of technique in the players they coach, simply because of the number of players that are available to pick from who are blessed with high levels of 'natural ability', and who do not need to be taught the technical fundamentals. All these players need to be taught is how to use their technique with a greater level of precision and intelligence, and  at higher and higher speeds of play.

 

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