As I read Alan Stein's tweet, 'I estimate close to 75% of passes in youth basketball are bad. As the legendary Tates Locke said, 'most young players can't even pass gas.' I immediately thought about the coaches that allow the bad passes. Alan Stein's tweet does not stop in the sport of basketball. It seems that at all levels, too many coaches allow low skill level and lack of fundamental skill if the result is winning, a false sense of success.
I believe that we as coaches need to continue to find every way possible to improve our athletes in all areas, and the number one way to do that is technique. It starts in the simplest of exercises! Getting posture correct in drills. Keeping body positions while lifting weights. Starting and sprinting with technique. If the small things are done with technique, the big things start to happen with technique. Technique (essentially body control) is one of the key components to improving in ALL of athletics!
Start today with more technique focus in every aspect of training and I guarantee you will see an improvement on the track, court and field. Focus on one technical aspect this week to improve on. Touch on it each week and watch things improve!
Put less focus on getting over hurdles fast and put more emphasis on the fundamentals of take off for the hurdle. Focus on the motion of the lead leg and perfect it. Focus on keeping the hips square as the hurdler is in hurdle flight. Put a great deal of interest on getting the lead leg down and driving the trail knee to the front. Etc, etc, etc...
Be technically correct in the little things, and the big things will statrt to take care of them