When we are able to complete the original task set out by our coaches, we always want to improve our skill set and move on to the next challenge. However, each individual differs in the amount of time that it takes to ‘master’ a skill, movement of play or tactic.
Progressing a drill to make it a harder task for the individual or group is a great way to encourage and motivate children and young people who want to challenge themselves and see if they can execute the technique and relevant tactics correctly. It not only engages them to try and complete the activity set out but also allows them to have lots and lots of go’s, incorporating kinaesthetic learning and muscle memory.
However, sometimes as coaches we may need to use regression if an individual or group aren’t succeeding in the task. Taking a step back will encourage higher chances of success as well as improving their understanding. Progression and regression don’t just apply to a drill or practice but also whilst using equipment., for example, using different sized basketballs to pass and receive the ball.
Being able to teach a class and use both progression and regression techniques is an important tool for coaches to use as it means that the lesson outcomes can still be met across all of the students in a variety of ways. It also creates a sense of ownership, achievement and satisfaction for all of the children as one way or another, they have completed the task successfully.