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06.18.20 Tiny Little Post on Perception, Batting Practice & Goalkeeping

Had the opportunity yesterday to spend an hour taking with a group of female soccer coaches from around the country who are part of a mentoring program put together by Columbus State coach Jay Entlich. The theme of the session was perception and one of the things we discussed was how to coach players in settings…


05.07.20 Coaching Athletes to Perceive: Examples w New York Red Bulls

I’ve been working a bit with New York Red Bulls to help their youth coaches teach players to watch more productively and learn more while they’re away from the game…though in fact learning to watch is just as critical once players are back. I wrote previously about some ways you could do that: specifically by asking…


04.14.20 Zack Ohlin on Developing His Athletes’ Perception with Virtual Workbooks

Last week I posted an article about using quarantine as an opportunity to improve young athlete’s capacity to learn by watching. My post described how you could set a singular and focused observation task, but it seems that Zack Ohlin was a couple of steps ahead of me. Zack’s a tennis coach in Vancouver, BC with…


04.10.20 Developing Athletes During Quarantine. Some Thoughts

So you’re trying to figure out how to help your athletes continue to develop and stay connected during the COVID downtime. One of the most productive things you could do would be to teach players to perceive the game better. The quality of an athlete’s perception is among the most under-rated determinants of their performance. You…