Through the repetition of the fundamentals of football and repetition of his classwork, Rudy earned his degree and his spot on the football team at the University of Notre Dame. When an action happens in game situations, Players do the following:
See, think, react or read, relate, react.
Great players and great teams eliminate the second step. Instead, they see and react or read and react. There is not enough time to think or relate because the play will be by them. They can quickly react because they have repeated the task so often in practices.
Great practices must be well-organized. It is critical that coaches take the time to meticulously organize practices. Some coaches use the scoreboard to time each segment of the practice. Others write the sequence of drills and scrimmages and ascertain how each segment is performed prior to moving to the next phase.
Some coaches have a practice structure they follow with multiple drills and scrimmages that can be used in each segment.
One format used by basketball coaches is:
- Offensive Fundamentals
- Defensive Fundamentals
- Team Defense
- Team Offense
- Special Situations
Many coaches like to end practice on a fun team drill, so the players will leave on a good note and be ready for the next day’s practice.
Consider these four points in organizing your practices or training sessions in pursuit of excellence:
- Chase perfection; catch excellence.
- Make practices/training tough and demanding.
- Give thought to the importance of repetition.
- Devise well-organized practices that end on a positive, fun note.
Written by: Pat Sullivan Originally appeared on: Addicted2success.com Republished with permission