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Bruce Robbins, Stuart Swalwell and 2 others like this.

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Bruce Robbins said:

I think there is a bit of this bad practice lurking in every coach/parent especially on match days. Knowing it is there waiting to raise its ugly head is a good way of reminding yourself to limit sideline vocalisations to positive affirmations. I am tempted on many occasions to send a reminder out to the players such as 'there is a lot of space here or there'. In reality, topics such as this (recognising and using space) should be built into practice games so that the players can take these skills into the match. Conditional games designed to let the players find solutions for themselves could save many a coach a strained voice and from appearing like an idiot. Players in a fast moving dynamic team game do not really hear instructions from the sideline in any event, at restarts you may get the attention of one of them but in fact, they will be too engrossed in their game to listen to instruction from the sideline; encouragement, however, will find a way of being heard.

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Nick Kershaw said:

Could this be a reason why some of our team games are struggling to win? It the players aren't given the freedom to think for themselves and play the way they think a play should go. Often we see that other teams, Portugal, Barcelona to name two .. Seem to play almost by instinct, find space pass in to a spot the other side hasn't seen until it's too late. Could it be that the kind of behavior described above is in fact suppressing our up and coming players creativity? It certainly has a negatives effect.

12 days ago
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