In the next edition of the coaches journal „TennisSport“ will be published an article about games for Kids starting with tennis. In our „tradition“ of non-linear pedagogy. All games are implicit and constraints led by changing rules, material, environment and tasks.
We have talked a lot about non-linear pedagogy in modern ways to teach skills in many sports. This is very often a view on the details of helping young and older players to improve their expertise in their games.
The following article by Wayne Goldsmith sets a brighter view on the pathway coaches, society and sports industry seem to go. Goldsmith describes that there is something wrong with this idea of a defined „sports pathway“. There is, as we have recognized in coaching skills and tactics, nothing linear.
This is something very important that influences our view on our sport and on our clients!
As in particular (in trainings and coaching) we need a global view: „You’ve got to start again and think differently.“
„A child’s view of their own sporting experience is very different. It’s generally about fun, friends, competition, play, learning and a love of the game. That’s easy to forget if you’re an all-too-serious adult.“
„Through sport, children enjoy the opportunity to learn so many lessons that apply to life. Achievement, failure, team work, adaptability, winning, pride, overcoming adversity, purpose and more. If we create environments with the player at the heart of it that includes challenge, but is driven by understanding then we can help them navigate through the ups and downs, ensuring they develop as people and players. Adopting and accepting non-linear pedagogy means that the coach embraces the learning process from their own and the player’s perspective, resulting in an ability to work with the many forces at play.“
Nonlinear pedagogy in tennis coaching. Developing and improving double skills and tactics. This drill should lead to a better view on cross court play in a double. This is helpful for a greater variation in tactics from serving, returning to using the volley and lobs.
Nonlineare Pädagogik im Tennistraining. Eine Übung zur Entwicklung eines erfolgreichen Doppelspiels durch die Ermöglichung eines veränderten Blicks auf die Bedeutung des Crossspiels im Doppel und die sich daraus ergebenden Varianten in der Taktik. Aus den veränderten Rahmenbedingungen ergibt sich ein impliziter Zugang zum Aufschlag, Stellungssspiel und Einsatz des Volley im Doppel.
Some things are wonderful 🙂 . One of them is to find somebody, who shares my convictions. Matt Kuzdub, tennis coach, and a facebook friend, has written a wonderful statement about non-linear pedagogy and the dynamical systems theory and what it means for learning and coaching in tennis. I am working with kids and players, who come for one or two hours in the week to play tennis under the guidance of a professional coach. Matt is working with very ambitioned players and goes with them significantly more intense. But he shares my perception: there is a better way to learn and to coach. And it is evidence based!
„…for most coaches, the design of practice is constructed under the competing constraints of the need for immediate competition success and the demonstration of ability (i.e. to selectors or parents) in practice alongside longer-term learning.“ (Jia Yi Chow, et al: Non-linear pedagogy in skill acquistion, p. 197)
You have walked only on all fours and now you want to learn to walk on two legs? Then you could proceed like this:
You are looking for a straight line on level ground and a target you want to go to (see graphic) and now you always go from a starting point to a destination point and so on.
Or you can go like this: Differencial learning weiterlesen
The development process in sport is non-linear!
This is a view over the plate’s edge. Mark Sullivan on footblogball about non linear pedagogy and what we can (not) learn from a football club that made a „Talent Identification Action“ for 5 year old kids.