Reviewing success and failure
Internal and external perspectivesThe review process can be done both from the coach’s and the players’ perspective, each of which offers different views. The coach can only review what they see, either live or on a video recording afterwards – such as player skill and tactics (focussing on the top-right quadrant) or team strategy (the bottom-right quadrant).Coaches and video cameras are often able to see things that athletes can’t. Reviewing from a player perspective includes the thinking or feelings that preceded the event; something that nobody but the player can know – this happens in the invisible top-left quadrant. Coaches can guess, but the accuracy of this is random.Together, coach and player can cover most angles, thus collaboration is always best.
Success and failureWhether it’s coaches or players doing the review, both can have different orientations when it comes to success and failure with a greater number of coaches and players tending to notice and give more energy to mistakes or failures than to success.
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Process versus resultsA review can focus on process, the things people do in the pursuit of results and/or results of those efforts. Generally in sport, and in life, we have more control over our inputs (the processes), than we have over the outcome (the result of our efforts).Most coaches today say, ‘focus on the process, and the results will look after themselves’. If you believe this, then focus your review more on process than results.So, what’s the ideal scenario when reviewing games? I provide some practical strategies in the next step.
Your taskMost coaches say, ‘focus on the process, and the results will look after themselves.’Consider your current context and, in the comments, reflect on a time you focussed on process and how this impacted on performance from a team and individual perspective.
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