'the lessons learned in implicit games stay with players longer and are less likely to be affected by pressure/fatigue in games'
As important as a player’s skills and technique are, their ability to make the right decision in a split second while under fierce pressure is just as important. Fortunately, you can train them to develop the right instincts.
BY RAY BREED
Game-sense training involves three main areas of improvement– technical skill, tactical skill and team play.
The two key types of learning are implicit and explicit learning:
Questions should revolve around four key concepts:
Individual learning question examples
Who was the best person to pass to? (John). Why? (For example, he was the best long option or was one on one or in front of his opponent.)
When was the best time to pass? Why? (After drawing a defender, as that created a free player.)
Where was the best place to run? Why? (Wide to space, as it would drag your opponent out to open up space in the corridor.)
What was the best way to pass the ball? (Short and flat) Why? (With less hang time the opposition is less likely to intercept the pass.)
What was the best option? (Take the space) Why? (All teammates are marked or opposition has zoned deep in defence.)
Team-based learning question examples
What strategies did you use when in possession? Which ones worked well? Why?
What type of defence did you use? How could you have done it better?
What would you do differently if the opposition had zoned?
How could you move the ball quicker?
What can the attacking team do to create space better?
What would you do differently if the opposition had three effective kick-outs in a row?
What would you do if our team won possession of the ball in our half with two minutes left in the game?
2 Give one group a task (unknown to the opposition), e.g. to use a zone defence only.
3 Set a scenario, e.g. there are two minutes left in the game, with the attacking team up by two points.
4 Have one team observe and evaluate tactics, or play experienced teams against inexperienced teams.
'A coach’s role is to assist players in solving tactical problems,rather than solving the problems for them'