How do you capture this art?
People have been asking me for ‘curriculum’ and things detailing what it is we do. How do we produce our end product they say. Here’s a quickie from our State Cup final:
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They seem to think there’s a cookbook to make this happen, a recipe that can be followed. And that we’re not sharing for whatever reason.
John Pranjic, a longtime 3four3 contributor, happened to be in Southern California yesterday and chose to attend our Sunday training session with the U11’s. He wrote the following:
I think I can speak for Gary and say that they aren’t hiding anything or keeping any secrets! It’s all out in the open and ready to spread like wildfire. I was in the area this morning and Gary invited me out to watch the teams train. All access, right on the touchline.
I don’t think a video or series of videos will ever be able to capture the overall experience that these kids and coaches get. There is too much to capture! I used to be one to beg Gary to post videos and he would always respond with things like “it’s a monumental task” and “I’m not sure what type of hack job I’d do at it.” I completely understand after visiting today’s session.
Sure, he can film a training exercise and write out the dimensions of the grid, # of players, and some rules of the game, but it will never mimic the live product. You can’t capture intensity on tape. Unless you can hear the 10 year old boy panting as he is making his runs… the video will never do his effort full justice. And I bet most people would be shocked at the way the coaches interact with players. You wouldn’t fully understand unless you saw every little interaction- during an exercise, between exercises, and off to the side. (BTW… Amazing how much respect these kids have for the staff!)
Coaching points are good to hear, but the coaching points he gives his boys won’t apply to many/all other teams. He can demand certain things because his players are capable of certain things. His coaching points are specific to his teams/players needs. I for one can’t just go back and say the things I heard to my teams. They wouldn’t make sense. It all goes back to creating your own identity and philosophy as a coach. A series of videos and info will only help if you can use them to mold something of your own. You can’t just replicate it.
With that said- I do look forward to seeing what Gary and the crew come up with as far as a curriculum. I know it’s not going to be one big show and tell session. And I know that it will definitely demand us to think! I’m excited. Hopefully my ugly face didn’t make it onto the tape today!
Thanks again for the invite, Gary! Another life changing moment provided by 3four3!