September 17, 2004, Newsletter Issue #180: TIMING IS EVERYTHING

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The single most important aspect of this synchronicity is the proper breakdown and teaching progression in a practice situation. A team or individual cannot properly execute Step B until they are proficient at Step A. Break down the parts of the offense or defense and make sure that each players understands the precise timing of the events.

Once the team is introduced to a concept, let`s say a new offensive set, the breakdown of each individual part of the offense is necessary. Players need to understand when to pass a teammate the ball, what they should look for once they catch it - and in what order. Finally, they need to see the actions of their teammates while they have the ball and what those actions are trying to accomplish. Once all players understand this "relative motion", the offense can be put back together and executed at full speed aginst a defense.

Constant repitition of these correct methods will eventually build the type of muscle memory and proper habits that are necessary for appropriate execution. Do not allow any "slippage" in practice. Demand an honest attempt at perfect fundamentals of all players involved. Correct any errors and then do it again. Remember it is not simply practice that makes perfect - but, rather, perfect practice that makes perfect!

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