by Fergus Connolly
Over the next few weeks I’d like share some of the principles and topics from my upcoming book GameChanger.
It 'might' satisfy the emails I’m getting from people and teams looking for advance copies, especially now the NBA season is over (for most).
Some regard coaching as the process of getting an athlete to do something, by telling or showing them how to do it. One secret I've focused on for years is getting an athlete to do something without having to instruct them at all.
How can get an athlete or tactical operator to do something without interacting with them?
People have asked me about the “3 answers” poster mentioned in Paul Kimmage’s (excellently) written article.
Here’s the background story.
Many years ago in the U.S. I was given a book as a gift by a coach I was pestering for information. I was a little more than 19 at the time. Many of the details in the book made little sense to me. It was about a sport knew nothing about—college football (life goes at you fast!).
Amazingly, the manner in which the stories were told and the skill of the writer were so enthralling the fact it was about a game I had never seen never mattered—the sign of a great writer.
The book, written by John Feinstein, is A Civil War: Army Vs. Navy a Year Inside College Football's Purest Rivalry.
In it, he tells many stories, but one of which is the tale of Ryan Bucchianeri, a first year place kicker who takes a kick in dead time at the end of game. Feinstein tells the story of … well why not just let Feinstein tell the story!
by Fergus Connolly
All Team Sports Tactical Principles are based on 4 basic foundations.
In my upcoming book "Game Changer" I explore tactical concepts—and they all start here.
These are the most important tactical understandings for team sports coaches.
Next time you watch any children’s playground, NFL, Soccer or NBA game, you will see these universal principles in action at all age groups.
Every time there is an engagement in team sport or combat these are the 4 key principles at play in unison. These also form the basis for all improvement and player development. They are the basis of what we refer to colloquially as ‘game sense.’