25 July, 2017

8 Laws of Learning

Let's face the facts here folks, if you keep on doing things a certain way you will always get a predictable result. Negative habits breed negative consequences. Successful habits create positive rewards. There is no two ways about it, fact is a fact!!

Now the harsh reality is out there let's take a moment to clear things up. You can overcome but it will take time as we keep mentioning, plusyou will want to do it.

When I talk to teams about habits and mastering drills in practice I usually refer back to the coaching of the great John Wooden and his 8 Laws of Learning, have you heard of them?

Here they are for you and if applied you will turn some negative habits around quickly.

8 Laws of Learning

1) Explanation

Thoroughly explaining to your players what they need to do is important. Your explanation should always begin and conclude with the purpose of what you’re teaching. For example, if you’re attempting to teach a full court press defense, explain the reason why it will benefit the team to do it (it pressures the other team to get the ball past half court, it can force turnovers, etc.) Detail not just why you do it, but how you do it.

2) Demonstration

Because many young athletes are visual learners, the demonstration aspect of teaching will resonate much stronger with them than the explanation. As you walk through the steps of the drill, demonstrate each part yourself or with other coaches/players. Move slowly at first so players fully grasp the progression of steps in the drill. Repeat the drill a few times, moving through it more quickly each time.

3) Imitation

Now is the time for your players to do the drill you’ve taught them in the exact way you’ve taught them. Make sure they start slowly, as you did with your demonstration, so that everyone participating continues to understand the progression of steps. Players should also understand the roles of other players on the court in the drill so they’ll know what to do if they’re in a different position.

4) Repetition

5) Repetition

6) Repetition

7) Repetition

8) Repetition

This is not a typo; Wooden simply believed that strongly in repetition. Like anything you learn, the more you do it, the better you are at it. This applies to everything, especially sports. The best way to raise your free throw percentage is to…shoot a ton of free throws. The best way to perfect your serve in volleyball is to continually practice serving. Allow the players to repeat the drills over and over again, progressively adding pressures that imitate game/match scenarios. 

This is the simplest way to form a great habit no matter in sport or at work.

Until next time.


Coach Nye


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