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Open minds to open skills by D. Rosenbaum

Open minds to open skills – some considerations that model the philosophy of our tennis program. By Daniel Rosenbaum*

A wonderful and must read article. Rosenbaum shows that the role of the coach has changed from „showing how to do it right“ to a guidance and learning process manager. Also the „learning process“ itself has changed from „practice mode“ with the focus on the technique of skills thought as the basis to play the game to a „game mode“ with a lot more tools than traditional approach from the beginning.

Open minds to open skills (pdf)

*“Daniel L. Rosenbaum is a Wingate Institute and ITF Level 2 Coach with a Social Sciences bachelor degree from the University of Sao Paulo. During a long and successful career he has done a lot in the Tennis industry and makes a strong contribution to enrich and improve players and coaches. Since 1982 he has been working at all the levels designing and implementing tennis programs for young beginners, adults, juniors and professional players, promoting the game and the participation in sport. As an assistant, speaker and producer, Daniel has participated in several national and international tennis courses, conferences and workshops; has been conducting more then 200 coaches courses and is responsible for thousands of certifications
Among many activities he founded with Carlos Kirmayr and coordinated the Coaches Education Department for the Brazilian Tennis Confederation and directed the Achievement Program at the Israel Tennis Centers.“

From Inner Coaching to „Coaching in sports“

The Blog now has the title
„Coaching in sports – new ways in learning“. Started with the thoughts and ideas of Timothy Gallwey and others about Inner Game and Inner Coaching the scaffolding of the blog is more. From there, we started thinking outside the box.

We included all aspects with an evidence-based background that deliver a change in coaching in sports („new ways in learning“): constraints led approach, external focus, differential learning, non-linear pedagogy, implicit learning, theory of dynamical systems,….

And it is not at an end.


Quality before quantity

One important substance of my Inner Coaching (TMS) approach, what includes „trick the mind drills“, implicit -differential learning, constraints led approach and non-linear pedagogy, is this:

A high range is to be replaced by a high learning intensity. Quality before quantity.


Differential learning enhances skills

from Ian Renshaw, Keith Davids et al: Motor Learning in Practice – A constraints-led approach. New York 2010, p. 79

Prof Wolfgang Schoellhorn has published about new methods in motor learning in sports research. His studies about differential learning form one of the most important fundamentals in our learning and coaching approach.

We transform this theory in games and drills for tennis. In the book „Motor learning in practice – a constraints led approach“ published by Jan Renshaw, Keith Davids and others, Schoellhorn describes in the article „Stochastic perturbations in athletics field events enhance skill acquisation“ of 2010 why differential  learning improves processes in comparison to traditional methods  significantly.

But read here: Stochastic perturbations in athletic field events

Experience meets theory

The „external focus“ is essential in a modern and evidence-based skill learning. There are many posts in this blog about this subject.

This morning I was sitting at the breakfast in a hotel in Leipzig.  I listened to the instructions of a mother to her perhaps eight years old son. He carried an up to the edge filled glass of orange juice from the breakfast bar to his seat. Trying not to spill the juice, he went always more slowly.

His mothers advice was: „Watch the glass“. What happened was, that hand and glass were wobbling more and more. This was something I remembered from a short phase of working in a restaurant (a long time ago 😉 )and bringing full trays to the guests.

Focused on my body, on my hand, my arms and the full tray (internal focus) I made it wobble more and more. What I learned from this was, that it is better to choose an „external focus“ like the next table or a picture at the wall. This worked not always, but significantly more often.

Years later, in my research for coaching sports skills, and after reading Gabriele Wulfs studies about the external focus I understood.

So experience meets theory and theory meets practice.

„Children’s learning of tennis skills is facilitated by external focus instructions“