Did I get your attention with that headline? Man, I hate to have to use ‘click-bait’ headlines to get you to perk up. Yet, I’ll do what’s necessary to stimulate conversation.
I’m really passionate the debate that centres around drills versus games.
Turns out I’m not the only one…
Stuart Armstrong, from The Talent Equation, has a strong point of view as well. And, quite frankly, his video, Why I Hate Drills So Much!, does a far more articulate job of mapping out the pros/cons of adopting either a drills approach versus a games approach.
Quotes and Takeaways
- Rod Thorp: “Playing games is better than doing drills, but not a whole lot better.”
- If there’s no context, then what they’ve learned to do is not representative – or is a different skill – than what they’ll be required to do in the actual game.
- We’ve all been in situations of frustration when kids don’t do, in a game, the things that they’ve practiced. That’s because what they’ve learned to do in practice is a different skill than from the skill that’s need in the game.
- The most important aspect of any skill execution is that the movement execution is determined by the environment.
- The most important aspect of any skill execution is that the movement execution is determined by the environment. Learning a skill without as many contextual triggers (i.e. representative stimulus) in place is self-defeating.
- “Contextualizing the movement patterns is where the real skill of coaching comes in.“
Something to chew on.