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Deliberate Practice-What Does it Really Mean?

Deliberate Practice-What Does it Really Mean?

Update: 2018-11-02
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In this episode, I discuss deliberate practice. You may have heard the term in the past, but do you really know what it means?

In her book Grit, Angela Duckworth goes into great detail sharing her research about the topic and how it can be applied to pretty much any endeavor you wish to get more proficient in.

The cycle of deliberate practice has four steps. They are:
1. Set a goal
2. Put forth 100% focus on that goal
3. Get feedback from your coach, and;
4. Implement that feedback until you reach your goal

It sounds pretty simple, but how often do we as coaches give our athletes 101 cues or things to focus on during a throw? I've been guilty of that in the past as well. What Angela's research suggests is that focusing on one thing at a time will help us achieve our goals sooner and more efficiently.

It is important for coaches and athletes to spend time and discuss individual goals, specific things to focus on during practice, and how we can become more efficient throwers. Spending time on one aspect of the throw at a time will help us get there faster than worrying about 10 facets of the throw at a time.
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Deliberate Practice-What Does it Really Mean?

Deliberate Practice-What Does it Really Mean?

Charles J. Infurna, EdD