In the next few weeks, I will be exploring how people might and do go about planning their practice sessions.
Topics and questions I will be considering are as follows:
How do you determine what to work on in practice?
- Have a curriculum that you follow (your own or someone else’s)
- Base it something that you saw (or didn’t see) in a game
- Decide the week’s practices all at one time based on a progression of some sort
- Ask the players
- See what happens when you get out there
How do you put together a practice?
- Full written plan with diagrams and coaching points
- Full written plan with coaching points, but without diagrams
- Diagrams with coaching points but no other annotations
- Names of drills/activities with coaching points
- Names of drills/activities without coaching points
- Coaching points
- All in head/nothing written
What is the purpose of the practice?
- Team bonding
- Team shape
- Set pieces
- Don’t know
What are the different types of practices?
- Day before a game
- Day after a game
- High intensity
- Low intensity
- Medium intensity (mixture)
What stage of the season are you in?
- Early season
- Mid season
- Playoffs/end of season
How do you reflect on practices?
- Keep detailed records of what was done, what worked, what didn’t, etc.
- Keep basic records
- Keep no records
Of course, I may need to refine/change some of these as I write; however, if you have some input or would like a question answered, please feel free to ask.