Why Using Progressions is a Dangerous Trap

Planning your Football Session – Why Using Progressions is a Dangerous Trap for Coaches and their Young Players?

Have you ever planned the session without progressions at all? This may sound silly, perhaps controversial, but is it really?  I‘ve been guilty of planning too many in my coaching sessions until I realize the players are not ready for it, and, in consequence, their learning has been affected or worst, stopped completely. Have you done this in the past or are you perhaps still doing it? Well, my advice is to take a look at this again and here is why… 

Each progression of our practice has to meet the needs of players we are working with individually and collectively. The first question we always should ask is: Are they (players) ready for it? If they are not, we should reconsider in order to progress the practice. Change it or simply use it later on a different day, or month etc…

First of all, we have to consider how much time we have to run our session. Usually is 60-90 min maximum. Planning too many progressions means we will be guilty of trying to use them all in a very short amount of time rather than focus on player learning and how much information they can take on board. 

This makes practice simple and easy to understand with a clear focus on players learning and development.

This will benefit players since they are familiar with the theme and the practice game from playing in previous weeks. Players will continue to learn the outcomes that arise from that game, rather than learning a new game and trying to understand all the progressions first. 

Rather than rush to move to the next progression, take into consideration the players learning and if necessary, move back to the previous one in order to consolidate their learning.

Hope this helps you to plan your progressions more effectively and therefore improve players learning! Let me conclude with this quote: “Make measurable progress in reasonable time”-Jim Rohn