Why do most coaches overcomplicate things?
The answer is simple.
First off, most coaches don’t even realize they’re complicating things. Nor do they know why. It usually boils down to coaches attempting to do too much. Whether it’s switching between too many different training activities or trying to accomplish too many things with one exercise, it’s just too much. And doing too much is a huge mistake that a lot of well-meaning coaches make. It’s a problem. A big problem.
Most of the time coaches just want to mix things up. They want to keep things fresh. They want to make practice exciting. But achieving all of that comes at the expense of true and proper individual player, team, and coach development. Another problem.
When coaches ask us about what they should be doing, we typically start with the simple and practical advice of: do less, not more.
Beyond that, it is usually hard to give specific advice without knowing the ins and outs of a coaches situation.
On occasion, we do go a bit further. Like when one of our 3four3 premium members, Chris Verhasselt, submitted an observation/question to Gary regarding coaches making things too complicated for the players. The topic was familiar, but it was also general enough that I thought we could take a general approach when providing our thoughts and still provide value.
So, I called Gary. We talked about it. And we recorded the conversation for you to hear.
In this short episode, we discuss:
- Why coaches overcomplicate things
- How that can be avoided
- The benefits of doing less, not more
In the next episode of the podcast, I talk with Chris, the 3four3 member who submitted the question. So, be on the lookout for that.
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