Skill Training

Skill Training

  • Drills practice
  • Modified and small-sided games
  • Games for specific outcomes, eg decision-making, tactical awareness.

Drills Practice

  • Collection of tasks that require repetition of movements in order to take a skill from the acquisition stage to an autonomous mastery stage.
  • Drills differ from sport to sport based on the skills required.
  • Often carried out together in a team or individually.
  • Drill practices should include a variety of tasks to be performed to prevent boredom and lack of creativity.
  • Short and frequent drill sessions provide more outcomes.

Modified and Small-Sided Games

  • Modified and small-sided games should be carried out along with drill practice to simulate a real game play scenario in order to assess how athletes are using the skills.
  • Modified games work exactly like an original sport would do, but with slight changes to the rules.
  • Modified games are an effective way to identify gaps in training as well as improvisation.

Games for Specific Outcomes

  • Decision-making
    • Modified games that mirror real gameplay can indulge athletes into directed thinking and decision-making under different game conditions.
    • The 3-on-2 game can be used as an example to provide a real game scenario and compel the athlete to think his steps through without consuming much time.
  • Tactical awareness
    • These games are designed for skilled actions taken in order based on situations to reach a target.
    • Effective for team sports where athletes have to keep changing their strategies based on what the opponent team is doing.
    • An example of a game for tactic awareness is recreating corner kicks during a football match, where crossing, creating space, defending and shooting skills work in order towards scoring a goal.