When we have BOTH the skills of technical, speed, and strength AND the skills of space, time, and timing - everything is less about getting things done as quickly as possible. It's about using an awareness of time - to see the space - to time - doing the right things - at the right time.
The more technical, speed, and strength skills a player has - the more they tend to rely on them. Learning the skills of space, time, and timing requires players to restrict their reliance on their technical, speed, and strength skills.
We operate three levels of sessions...
Our level 1 is for players who while they carry on improving their technical, speed, and strength skills at their clubs - also want to be able to create time - to see space - to better time - when to do the right thing - at the right time.
Level 2 is for players who accept they are unlikely to progress their technical, speed, and strength skills much more - and want another way to progress. To maintain their interest and fun of playing. To share in the creation of Wow moments.
Level 3 is for players who want to access the biggest social benefit of playing - the sharing of Wow moments. Without worrying about any lack of technical, speed, and strength skills.
To make it easier for players to resist any urge to increase any reliance on their technical, speed, and strength skills beyond the relevant level - we don't keep the score and play using our "be kind " rule.
Our "be kind" rule
Our "Be Kind" rule means we only compete by timing how we move to open and close space between us. We do our best to avoid fouling or any physical contact. It happens, but we try to avoid it. Being kind also means we give those who are not as good as ourselves more space and time to think. Games Coaches are responsible for the application of the Be Kind rule.
The Be Kind rule makes it possible for us to mix ages and abilities much more than when coaching the skills of technical, speed, and strength.
No one is ever excluded for a lack of technical, speed, and strength skills. It is always a question of timing when a player is ready to learn space, time, and timing. Coaches will recommend a temporary break - if a player is struggling to regulate their degree ofreliance on technical, speed, and strength skills. Or if a player is so focused on one thing they are struggling to see the need to look up and see all things around them. Everyone is welcome back as and when they feel ready to learn the skills of space, time, and timing.
Our reporting procedure
We are not coaching the technical, speed, and strength skills for a specific sport. So we can't join any sport-specific governing body. We have used the process of peer review to set up our own governing body - GamesCoaching.ORG for those coaching the skills of space, time, and timing separately from the coaching of technical, speed, and strength skills. We call ourselves games coaches. All players, parents, and games coaches are encouraged to report anything they don’t like to GamesCoaching.ORG where other games coaches will peer review the performance. Our governance committee makes sure the peer review process is followed.