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How Would you Organize Each Practice Lesson

Each practice would start off with a “chalk talk,” demonstrations or instruction of the basic skills being worked on. The amount of time and complexity of the instruction would depend on how far the athletes as a whole have progressed.

If we were working with athletes who have learned the passing and hitting skills fairly well, then our demonstrations would be shorter and more complex, as compared to athletes at lower levels.

A shorter time is used with the more accomplished athletes because the athletes already understand the main concepts and it is easier for them to grasp the new ideas. After explaining the basics body positions and fundamentals of hitting and passing, the group of 30 divides up into three groups of ten, depending on their skill level.

Then each group of 10 in divided up into pairs, while staying within the group. This is assuming we are using a gym with a three-court set up, because each group of 10 can have their own court. Doing this allows all the athletes to be on a court at once, eliminating downtime.

Having the players divide up by skill level allows me to spend more time on the court with my weaker players without having to totally ignore the others my moving from court to court.

Pairing the players up allows them to provide extrinsic feedback to each other; this not only helps the person receiving feedback, but also helps the person providing feedback, reinforcing the proper technique and form for the skill they are working on.

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