What is a system?

In it’s definition “a set of things working together as parts of a mechanism or an interconnecting network; a complex whole.”

How do you build one? That isn’t quite as simple but firstly identify the things, then how they work together and what the complex whole is there to do.

Technical and Tactical game skills should be a definitive focus of the coaching system.
Movement literacy should underpin each technical and tactical element.
Attitude and mental skills need to sit aligned to both and have the athletes ready to learn.
Lifestyle seems to be the last piece of the jigsaw that gives social context to the system.


So an example system to support the development of a netball player;

MOVEMENT: Ensure they can run, jump, change direction, pivot and balance.
TECHNICAL & TACTICAL: All the above whilst holding a ball, catch, make the correct pass or shot.
ATTITUDE: Monitor attendance to each and every session on time with the correct equipment.
LIFESTYLE: Knowledge on diet, hydration and sleep hygiene with education provisions.

It is only a snapshot of what can be done in a small timeframe yet will put building blocks in place for a lifelong sporting affinity and possible mastery should the players you coach become elite.

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