Doing some work this morning on mistakes and helping players, teams and coaches build in resilience. One approach is to look at the gap between how things are supposed to happen and how they actually do. What are some implications for coaches, players and teams?
For coaches, Look closely at near misses or situations where the team's performance or outcome could have gone either way. Identifying and correcting the mistakes that occurred in those situations will help build future resilience.
Those same game situations in which those mistakes and errors occurred have a way of repeating themselves in the future. Set up those situations in practice and teach your players how to identify the cues and correct the errors before they start or happen.
Work to create a team culture where the fear of failure does not trump the willingness to take risks. Look for those low risk and high reward strategies and tactics to implement in a game.
The more risk involved in a strategy or tactic, the more eyes you need on it. Engage your assistant coaches to watch, correct and debrief particular segments or parts of the plan. Practice these situations.
Have players help document mistakes and share this information with teammates:
" I made the mistake of ______. Here is how I made it __________. Here is how to avoid it in the future_________."
Other players will likely run into the same problem - share the information.
Blamelessness makes players more accountable and more willing to admit and learn from the mistake.
What are some other ways coaches, players and teams can become or resilient?