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March 13, 2019
Excelsior AD Club newsletter March 2019 We have had so much happen in the last month, and exciting things happening in the run up to Easter, it is best to keep them all in one place. So here you go. 6 members complete their Athletic Development Coaching Course Archie, Daisy, Flora, Jakin, Rebecca and Stephanie […]

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Are you a Dot Collector or a Dot Connector?

Connect Dots, Don’t just collect them

Dot collectorThis came up time and again over the weekend as aspiring coaches sat their Level 2 S&C exam on Saturday and when we ran a 3 hour intensive workshop on Athletic Development on Sunday.

Anyone can go to a workshop, read a book or watch a YouTube video and get a drill or exercise.

A good coach knows how to assess whether this fits into their System of training, and if so how and when to use it.

This is the difference between just collecting dots and knowing how to connect them.

(Thanks to Seth Godin for analogy)

Lessons learnt in the last year

Sunday saw our first Excelsior intensive workshop for coaches who have attended our Level 1 or Level 2 Strength and Conditioning Courses.

I introduced an overview of Athletic Development and what I have learnt over the last year, especially lessons learnt from GAINV

This included looking at:

This was not a comprehensive review, but more of a stimulus to spark off ideas and thoughts for the coaches.

Agility Principles and Progressions

Having given an overview, I then extrapolated agility and looked at it in much more detail. I explained the three stages:

  1. Fundamentals
  2. Motor pattern development
  3. Autonomics

Each stage has various aspects that need to be included, but none can be addressed if the previous stage is not firm or entrenched.

I spent some time looking at each stage and giving the underlying reasons why each is important and the components of each.

By having a systematic approach to agility the coach can then select the right exercise or drill for the athlete/ team at each stage. Rather than doing STUFF.

We then spent over an hour going through this in practice. I emphasised the need to Coach each aspect, each drill and each player.

A lot of the time I just watch people going through the motions and not trying to get better.

It was good to see the Coaches grasping the concepts and connecting the dots, learning what to look for and how all the activities were inter related.

Community of Practice

We then wrapped up by discussing how we were going to implement and develop the Excelsior community of practice. 

A community of practice is just a way of sharing ideas informally, it is free and is a recognised form of learning. A lot of best practices come from informal conversations or “coffee break coaching“.

It was great to see the coaches sharing ideas and information at the end of the day. If anything, it is soemtimes just to know that the problems you have aren’t unique!

Any coach who has completed a level 1 or level 2 course gets free access to specific resources here. We are expanding this into idea sharing and problem solving by using the Google+ community and the workshops to really help each other develop and improve.

Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed.

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