How Children Learn
You Have Not Coached Until They Have Learned
This quote, normally attributed to legendary basketball coach John Wooden, summarises the purpose of this section of iCoachKids. Coaching is not about delivering drills, games and sessions. Coaching is about kids learning something. If they are not learning, you are not coaching. If they don't get it, we have to coach better. Period.
Pedagogy, the art and science of teaching (and coaching) provides the foundation for high quality teaching. Here we will LEARN the latest in pedagogy so whatever bunch of kids we find ourselves in front of we can try our best to make sure they get something from our sessions.
As the old adage goes 'if they cannot learn they way we teach, we will have to teach the way they learn'.
The all too familiar sights (above) at the side of a kid’s sports competition, and the sounds to match. As an interested observer and listener I find it really interesting to watch and listen to these coaches, and I do wonder…which of the instructions, if any, do the players hear or process?...have the kids been supported and prepared for the situation they’re in, if so much instruction is needed?... and is the communication from the ‘side-lines’ helping the kids develop their decision making ability for the longer term?
Kris Van der Haegen, Director of Coach Education for the Royal Belgian Football Association and a visionary for the development of young footballers, encourage us in this brave blog to stop thinking of football as adults, take our grown-up glasses off and see the game for what it looks like and means to 5 and 6 year olds: a fun game! The Belgian FA has done this and thus changed the competition format for U6 to 2v2, yes 2v2!! Learn the full story here!
Kids nowadays are exposed to more organised sport than ever before. Unfortunately, opportunities for unstructured play, the good old 'kick-about' with your mates in the local park until it goes dark or you get hungry (whichever comes first), have sharply declined. Pete Sturgess, English FA National Lead for the Foundation Phase (5-11), argues that notwithstanding the benefits of organised practice, clubs and coaches should think about providing more PLAY time as a fundamental tool to develop top players.
What does creativity mean for coaching? Nigel Hetherington tries to convince us in his new blog that We Are Not In Kansas Anymore! Are you ready to follow the yellow brick road?
Thinking about the magnitude of all the different elements of our sport we want to teach our kids can be a daunting task. So many things and so little time. No need to panic! In this blog, Leeds Beckett Sport Coaching Principal Lecturer and Leeds Force Basketball Coach Dave Piggott offers an innovative take on developing your step by step coaching curriculum borrowing from the field of education. Miss it at your own risk. This will change the way you coach.
Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) was developed in the 1980s by Rod Thorpe, David Bunker and Len Almond. They were looking for a better way to teach games in a PE context. Nearly 40 years later, TGfU has become one of the best known and followed approaches, not only in PE, but also in sport coaching. In this blog, Leeds Beckett Sport Coaching Principal Lecturer and Leeds Force Basketball Coach Dave Piggott spells out the key components of the TGfU model and their implications for coaches. He even provides some video examples of some great games. Time to play!
This PCA 1-on-1 interview features Paul Tough (@paultough) the author of Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why. His previous book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, was translated into 27 languages and spent more than a year on The New York Times hardcover and paperback best-seller lists.
In this podcast, Tough discusses two different "toolboxes" that help children succeed: the connection toolbox and the challenge toolbox.
In this short video, iCoachKids Project Supporter sportscotland gives coaches a quick introduction to the topic of Growth & Maturation and how it affects developing athletes. The video introduces the key challenges that Growth & Maturation pose for coaches and hints at some of the solutions. It also provides some very useful ideas in relation to how to adapt practice for different levels of ability or for athletes with different impairments.
This video is a promotional piece for 'Growth & Maturation', a 3-hour workshop part of the sportscotland Coach Connect professional development series for youth coaches. So don't worry if you can't make it to the beautiful Scotland, this video will set you on the right path when it comes to understanding your athletes' Growth & Maturation
Please visit the sportscotland Growth & Maturation pages here
This short fun film was developed by sportscotland, the national sport council for Scotland, to help young athletes, their coaches and their families understand what 'talent' is and how you can get good at sport - it's more of a choice than you might think. For more information about talent, visit their website - sportscotland.org.uk
Sports Coach UK and Sport Scotland have developed this great animation detailing the 'Youth Physical Development Model' and what this means for the development of 'Fundamental Movement Skills'.
This research was commissioned by the CPSU for the purpose of safeguarding children and young people in sport and leisure facilities. Titled 'Summary of child development ages 8-11 years for the purposes of safeguarding children in sport and leisure facilities, this research details changes in children's cognitive, moral, social and physical development. Children develop at their own individual pace and some may mature more quickly in some areas of development than in others.
The report was authored by Dr Vicky Lovett of Swansea University
This eBook was released in May 2012 by www.theinclusionclub.com Please subscribe to their fantastic website.
The What is Inclusion eBook is all about explaining and demystifying what is inclusion as it relates to people with disability and sport. The four contributors to this eBook (Martin Mansell, Eli Wolff, Steffi de Jong and Hamish Macdonald) have decades of experience between them and, in these interview transcripts, offer insights and practical advice that will further your understanding of inclusion.
Part of the new Coaching Children 4-workshop series developed by Sport Ireland Coaching and Leeds Beckett University, this 16-page factsheet contains highly applicable knowledge and coaching tips designed to help coaches understand how children learn best and what it means for our sessions.
Part of the new Coaching Children 4-workshop series developed by Sport Ireland Coaching and Leeds Beckett University, this 16-page factsheet contains highly applicable knowledge and coaching tips designed to help coaches understand how children grow and develop and what that means for our sessions.