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Expertise and Experience

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There have been a lot of discussions in the world lately with passionate people on either sides, where there doesn't seem to be any attempt to understand another opinion. More often, it seems people are just doggedly sticking to a personal opinion. It seems for some it is more important to keep being wrong than to admit someone else was right (Hey buddy, that doesn't stop you being wrong. you know that, right?). Having said this, I don't think this is anything new, just ask Galileo.

An example of the traditional process is: the only snake I ever see is a two headed snake, so I  assume all snakes are two headed. Right? Then a reptile specialist tells me that, actually, almost all snakes have one head. What do I do? Do I ignore the expert, or do I trust him? Do I assume that the expert's opinion has been verified, or do I continue to believe all snakes have two heads because that is my experience?

This certainly happens in sport (as well as all other industries of cours…

The 3 Stages of Coach Development

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I've been spending a lot of time lately looking into the 5 Stages of Throwing Motor Development. I do this because I suddenly realised that I've been trying to teach Level 5 to people who are only at Level 3. As you can imagine, I've been stunningly unsuccessful. But I digress.....

So - 3 Stages of Coach Development. There is a lot I'm missing out by simplifying it into 3 steps, not the least of which is that highly successful coaches are constantly learning and collecting knowledge and experiences, but bear with me. (Note - maybe thinking of the 3 stages as a constant loop would be better?)
1 - Collect Knowledge Whatever the sport, there is a huge amount of knowledge which is required for coaching. For many this involves mainly technical knowledge.

This knowledge give you the capacity to teach the skills to the athletes.

The Enthusiastic Coach does this.
2 - Learn how to use the Knowledge Effectively Once the knowledge is there, learning the skills to effectively use…