Why Pre-Match Activities are an Extra Opportunity for Young Players to Learn?
.Learn Ups or Warm Ups?
Many fellow coaches treat warm up as standard routine, set up few exercises and knock few balls around. They do know that the basic purpose of a warm ups is to prepare your body for physical activity, but it can present another opportunity to extend players learning from their weekly training session also.
Grassroots environment provides on average 1 training session a week; therefore, pre-match activities are the extra opportunity for young players to learn. Moreover, for the coaches is wonderful chance to set up “learn up” which provide continuity of learning from the previous training session. This will have allowed players to revisit their learning and continue to improve both individually and collectively too. Here are few tips as to how “learn ups” can help young players improve and utilise their skills in a match environment:
- Players will be already familiar with the practice; therefore, they do not need to learn new warm-up games and instead continue to learn key message from practice they had during the week
- Players will be getting into their learning zone as opposed to just performance zone.
- Players will spend more time being actively learning and coaches spent less time to explain the learn up practice.
- The Players brain memory will respond well and remember consistent messages that follow up the weekly training sessions during learn ups.
- Over time, players will be highly likely able to utilise their skills and knowledge during the match time simply because learning has same consistency and continuity during training sessions and pre-match learn ups activities.
- Players have more time to practice what they actually learning and coaches have far less time to prepare.
- Players will extend their experience of learning as opposed to just do a random exercise or a game.
- Learn ups offer players progressive learning opportunities.