When you are training a group of players to be elite athletes it can seem like spending time playing games at practice is a waste of time. What we sometimes forget as coaches is that fun is a major component of the learning process.
Thinking back on my time as a player I first remember running around laughing with my teammates and playing fun games. Yes, I remember playing hard, training, and running through drills, but the most vivid memories are from when I was playing “deadfish,” “the downball game,” and more.
What this tells me is that I was the most present while we were having fun and playing games together. But there are more benefits than just having fun at practice. I’ve listed a number of benefits which come along with structuring a practice which includes small games that reinforce skills. Continue reading “The Power of Games”