3 R’s


In skill learning and observing the 3 R’s are essential. The 3 R’s are Routine, Repetition and Refinement. Establish a routine, a pattern a set time and place to work on the skill. Repeat the skill and then refine your adaptation of the technical model. The later is important because to often in teaching new skills coaches use a robotic paint by numbers approach that results in mechanical movement. Remember the goal is to give the athlete the ability with the new skill to more effectively and solve movement problems that fall in the domain of that skill. Go from stable predictable activities to unstable, random and chaotic activities. Skillful athletes are not mechanical, they are rhythmic and flowing. Maybe that can’t be taught but it can be encouraged. Design progressions that encourage problem solving and creativity. Allow the athletes to express themselves, encourage them to explore the parameters of the skill, find new ways.
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Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta

Director at Gambetta Sports Training Systems
Vern is the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the a conditioning coach for several MLS teams as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men's World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He has lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe and has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He has a BA in teaching with a coaching minor and an MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.
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