Showing posts from January, 2016

An Alternative for Competition Equalisation

Drafts, salary caps and financial equalisation are all attempts to keep sporting competitions artificially even. They basically break every rule/law of free movement, free market, etc, so lets assume everything is on the table. One key premise that limits the effectiveness of these artificial systems the assumption that there are roughly as many good players/etc as there are teams. eg: if there are 18 teams, then there are 18 'match winners' in the league, so drafting and salary caps will ensure that each of them will go to a different club. But this is not the case. There is more to a successful club. I contend the following are also key factors in the success of a club, and therefore are things an 'equal' competition would have each club being strong in: the quality of coaching the quality of medical staff the quality of the recruiting the quality of management within the club (Staff) the quality of leadership within the club (Board) I propose that,

Fast Track by Slowing Down

Skill Development is complex, and I've written about it before  here  and  here  (and  here  and probably elsewhere). My general thoughts are that long term development is often compromised for short term gain, and that our definition of Skill Development is often too narrow. But what if we started thinking about development from the end point rather than the start. There is one part of skill development that happens towards the end of the process, that we often forget about. That is: changing technique that is limiting. Changing things is much harder than learning them in the first place, so having to stop and change something takes a significant amount of time. Unfortunately for the athlete, this usually happens when they should be learning new and more difficult skills. Effectively, this athlete is standing still when everyone else is going forward. I'm not saying you should do things slowly, in High Performance you need to get there as fast as possible, but you also