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Athletic Coaching: Secrets to Better Practice Plans

By Joe Rice
Contributor, Sports+Fitness Network

In my recent presentation to the Massachusetts PE teaches, the MAPHERD convention, I focused on how we can create better practice plans that actually taught instead of just keeping players busy. The great John Wooden said, “Never mistake activity for achievement.”

The problem that was addressed was the common scenario of coaches putting together their practice plans that had 8-10 unrelated and randomly organized drills. Players would have a warmup, then a passing drill followed by a shooting drill. Usually there were some transition drills, followed by a defensive drill and then another shooting drill. Last, of course, was a scrimmage...

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