The Thrill of Drills


Neat complex drills using a myriad of props have an innate allure. I must admit when I see a drill or an exercise I have not seen before I video it or write it down. But here is the problem and it is a big problem – the drills or exercises often have no connection with what actually happens in the sport. They look like it, but transfer is minimal. Transfer is king here if the goal is to make the athlete better at their sport. Drills definitely do not equal skills. For the drill to be effective it must be contextual, it must fit and lead somewhere as part of a teaching progression. The goal and purpose must be clear. Think progression from general>>>to similar>>> to same. Drill with a purpose.