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PostPosted: 21 Jul 2014, 15:24 

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What is your philosophy on correcting players during practice?

PostPosted: 21 Jul 2014, 15:42 
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It depends on the situation.

By default I usually try to let the player work things out on their own through repetition, experience, and/or self discovery. I think coaches over-coach too often and it leads to indecision, lack of confidence, and too much thinking. But again, it depends on the particular situation or what is being taught/practiced.

There are certainly times when we break things down and show better ways to do things and show technique. There is certainly a need, time, and place for that. But I think coaches need to give players a change to work things out on their own so often instead of being too quick to correct every little thing.

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Hope this helps.

Jeff Haefner

PostPosted: 21 Jul 2014, 17:23 

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Definitely agree it depends on the situation and age/skill level of the players. At the younger more developmental stage, I'm more in the camp of catching them doing something right more often than constantly correcting. I've found that sincere praise goes a long way towards pointing out what you want to see happen. Even at the more competitive level, I didn't find it necessary to go all "Bobby Knight" when the kids weren't doing what I wanted. I had my moments, but tried to save those up so they knew I was serious. I haven't thrown a chair, yet.


PostPosted: 22 Jul 2014, 10:09 
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If this was me I would treat them just like it was a classroom situation..... we wouldn't yell there so we don't need to do it in practice. I wont say that I never yelled but in my practice situation ( being a fieldhouse ) with a multitude of activities going on including track. First day practicing there and the starters pistol went off I ducked.... funny but scared the heck out of me.

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