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Practice to Play

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Practice to Play

Make sure that there is a clear link between practice and the game. Ensure that you have meaningful drills that work to simulate game situations, rather than complicated drills that may look good but are hard for players to translate into the game, so that the players are prepared. Identify what you have been working on in practice prior to the start of the game and reinforce the "why of the how" so that, if and when that situation arises in the game, it may cue the correct reaction (as an example: "Remember, at practice, we worked on protecting the ball, so if they're playing that pressure defense and trying to get the ball from you, keep one foot still, pivot, and look for a new passing angle").



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