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COACHING NEWS (WK 25 2018)
A. Coaching Tip : Use of Feedback Language (Note from recent Paul Earley Workshop)
The importance of Positive, Accurate and Relevant Feedback
Feedback is the most immediate way that coaches can use to improve their players. However the type of feedback that is given is crucial.
Gaelic Games coaching has become mired with the use of clichéd phrases that have become so prevalent that people probably do not realise that they are using them, or have not considered the effect they have on players.
The phrase “well done” is one of the most used and in my opinion overused terms when coaching.
Previous coaching corners have discussed the value of positive feedback. 'Well done' when accompanied by some specific feedback on what it is the player 'done well' can be very positive encouragement.
In her book “Flourishing”, Maureen Gaffney argues that it takes up to 7 pieces of positive to 1 piece of development feedback in order for an individual to flourish.
Coaching corners have also examined what makes feedback most effective and found that 'Feedback is a powerful tool of coaching when it is accurate, relevant and positive'.
Use of Language in giving feedback
Let us look at a generic phrase like “well done” under these three headings. It certainly cannot be considered accurate. Accurate feedback can inform and educate the player on what the coach is happy or indeed unhappy with. “You followed through on your shot excellently” or “you are lifting your eyes before you make contact with the ball” are examples of accurate feedback that give tangible information to the player.
Consider the coach saying “well done” to the first player and “hard luck” to the second and you can see how inaccurate phrases like these are. However, it is much easier for an inexperienced coach to utter a clichéd phrase rather than one like above. Giving feedback this accurate requires keen observation and good use of language from the coach. Coaches who find themselves talking and shouting all the time, regardless of whether it is positive or negative will struggle with this, as it is difficult to do both this and observe effectively.
Now let us look at its relevance. The problem with phrases like “well done” or “hard luck” is that they do not give the player any extra understanding of a given situation. For example a player runs down the wing and kicks a hurried shot under no real pressure wide on his own side. The coach who says “hard luck” is probably being detrimental to that player’s development. The coach is essentially telling the player to repeat this same technique as the players failure had something to do with luck. This is not the case. It may have been due to a lack of composure or awareness of the amount of time and space the player had.
Finally let us look at its positivity. “Well done” is certainly not a negative thing to say to a player. You will hear coaches say things a lot more negative than this. However, because it is neither accurate nor relevant it does not carry much positive effect. If everything good every player on a team does is met with “well done” then the players will no longer consider this something a coach says to develop his players, rather a phrase he uses to show that he likes them. Hyperbolic words like “amazing” and “outstanding” are a great way to grow player’s confidence, particularly children. However male coaches in particular can find it difficult to use these words. We live in a society full of negativity and one where elite players are often harshly criticised by pundits on television. Telling a player that they made and “amazing catch” can be accurate, relevant and positive.
The importance of Questioning to get player engagement
One way of generating feedback that I have not mentioned is questioning players. Questioning can be an effective way of making players more aware of their game. Good questions promote self learning and reflection, which is an effective way of players developing themselves. Conclusions that players come to themselves, no matter how much the type of questioning led them there will be more profound than if the coach simply tells them what he wants. Questioning is a sophisticated method of coaching, and requires the coach to be very confident and already have a good trust and rapport with his players. For example During a small sided conditioned game ask the players what worked well, what didn’t work well, what do the players need to do to improve the quality of the game? After you have asked the questions and got the players feedback, you can then make some observations yourself as a coach and provide positive and constructive feedback to the players. Importantly, at the end of the next game bring them in again and ask them questions again and provide feedback relating to the performance during that specific game. Usually, the performance will have improved and the coach should recognise that with positive constructive and specific feedback relating to the areas of improvement.
Example of giving positive, accurate and relevant feedback relating to a technique and skill execution under pressure
Have a look at this action shot.......
If we look at the kicker first (Green & Gold), positive feedback on the skill being undertaken could be.....
-Player kept his eyes on the ball
-Toe of kicking foot pointed away
-Chest and opposite arm faced/pointed towards target
-Kicker has followed through his kick
Area of Development:
-Standing foot needs to be more secure in order to keep balance sufficiently to ensure intended execution
If we look at the blocker (Red & White) positive feedback could include.....
-Eyes are firmly on the ball
-Close to the target, approaching from the side
-Reaches forward as ball is kicked, timing is good
-Player takes a low stance, knee bent, to get closer to the foot
Area of Development:
-Hands are on top of each other, keep hands close together but side to side to increase surface area and maximise chances of connecting with the ball and therefore blocking it down.
Summary - Feedback is an important Player Development Tool
Being able to provide your players with accurate, relevant and positive feedback is an excellent way to help them develop.
If you can mix this with the use of questions you will be most effective. Avoiding common phrases that do not do that can be difficult as they are engrained in us all.
There is nothing wrong with not providing feedback on occasion, particularly if you feel you do not have something worth saying.
Try to limit the use of the phrase “well done” for when you are ordering your next steak!
B. National Hurling Development : Provincial Coaching Workshops 2018
Venue & Date: October 20th. Connacht Centre of Excellence, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo
Registration: 10.30 a.m. Workshop: 11.00 – 01.20 p.m. Lunch 01.30 p.m.
Practical station based workshop with participants rotating to each station.
Target audience – Youth – Adult Coaches
Workshop Theme – Building the Essentials into Every Training Session:
To include -
• Catching & Striking
• Hooking & Blocking
• Rising & Hand passing
Lead coaches at each station will be former inter county stars supported by local full time GAA coaching officers.
Early booking advisable as places are limited
Enquiries: All enquiries to Martin Fogarty. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration: €20 (includes lunch).
C. Reminder Note to Coaches on Concussion
U8 & U10 Camogie: Training continues as normal 6.30pm Friday evenings.
U12: Camogie training continues Friday evenings at 6.30pm.
U10 Hurling - Roscommon Gaels hosted Southern Gaels in Lisnamult last Monday evening. Our U10 squad fielded 2 teams, with each team playing 2 matches a piece. All players got plenty of game time in various positions during the games. It was an enjoyable evening of hurling, with our hurling teams getting to use our new dressing rooms for the first time also! We enjoy the support & encouragement from parents on the sideline for all our players. All support is very welcome during challenges and blitzes. Keep it up!
Our next blitz schedule is Saturday June 23rd. Venue and timings to be confirmed during the week and parents will then be informed. We will continue to arrange more challenges in the weeks ahead to support the strong development our players are making this year.
U10 training continues this Monday 6:30 pm in Lisnamult.
This year's Feile na nGael was an exhilarating if bittersweet experience for the U-14 hurlers. Feile lived up to all expectations and the hurlers were delighted to host our new friends from Ennistymon in Clare who went on to win the Group 7 shield. The Roscommon Gaels U-14 hurlers also made friends where ever they played with their exciting, skilful brand of hurling. On Friday evening in Tremane the U-14s beat Castleblaney from Monaghan and our friendly rivals from Athleague/Tremane.
On Saturday morning we needed a late point to eke out a draw against Ennistymon in Hyde Park. Then it was on to the Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence of Bekan where the team delivered possibly its best performance of the weekend to overwhelm Cootehill of Cavan.
After a most enjoyable disco on Saturday evening, everyone was up bright and early on Sunday morning to head for Kiltormer to play a talented Padraig Pearses team. This was an absorbing match in which the Gaels pulled away in the closing stages and win by five points. It put us in an historic first-ever Feile final.
The tale of how we lost by one point to a goal scored two minutes into injury-time has been told many times over the last week, and will be told for many moons to come. It was a heartbreaking defeat for a wonderful side who didn't deserve the result they got. Every hurler played with courage and skill and brought Roscommon Gaels to within seconds of an All-Ireland title. They are a wonderful bunch who have have brought credit to themselves, their families and their clubs. The pain of defeat will sting but it will be even sadder if any of these excellent young hurlers don't go on to fulfill their potential in the years ahead. In time, we hope the abundant happy memories for Feile weekend are what they will remember from a magical weekend.
Hard luck to The Gaels players on the County u17 hurling panel who lost an All Ireland quarter final by 4 pts in the Celtic cup v Tyrone in Sligo on Saturday.
U8 & U10’s: Training continues every Wednesday evening 6.30-7.30pm. We have a challenge match for our U10’s next Wednesday Evening in Lisnamult at 6.30pm.
U12’s: Well done to our U12 girls who continued their winning streak on Monday evening last with a great win over Elphin/Kilmore in the Division 2 Semi Final. Final Score Roscommon Gaels 0-15 Elphin/Kilmore 0-2. Our Captain of the evening was Emma Hough.
It was Ironic that the only team to draw with us in the league was the team we were going to be facing five days later in the Division 2A County Final in Kiltoom. It was wire to wire in the first half and ended level 3 points apiece. Fielding a team that had memories of last year’s defeat in the county final made the girls push and dig deep in the Second half. Huge work had been put in the backroom. Literally in the changing room that day Deckie showed the girls a move you could see come to fruition early in the Gaels play in the second half.
The full back line of Emma O’Farrell, Ciara Killeen and Kate Harlow were superb and their tenacious defending made it difficult for Barry’s to get through. Superb Goalie performance by Paige Caislin who was on top form. Up front the Barry’s defence had no answer to our girl’s trickery as they tapped over several points from play. The big breakthrough in the second half came when Anna Kiernan fisted the ball over the crossbar followed by a goal from Kate Larkin this was a game changer for our girls with last year’s defeat now a distant memory.
Our Captain of the day Shauna Walsh’s was well marked and managed to score 2 points from play. The Gaels were dominant in the last ten minutes, Molly Rose Finneran kicked a superb point from play while Vice Captain Siofra Hession had boundless energy and displayed some nice touches around the middle. Sarah Purcell, Allana Sutton, Grace Geraghty, Martha McSharry, Amy Winston, Emma Hough and Orla Dwyer (back from fractured finger) were other players who stood out during the game. The final score was Roscommon Gaels 0-9 St. Barry’s 0-4. A fine team performance and an impressive victory. We would like to thank all parents for your support. Thanks to Dermott Hughes our sponsor, Philip Mullen our Pitch Co-Coordinator. Bernie Mulry, Tom O’Farrell, Adrian Tully and Dave Kilcommins who helped out on the day. Thank you to Dr Elizabeth Sweeney McSharry who treated the girls to food afterwards in Supermacs. Finally we would like to thank the girls, who have done everything we asked of them, kept their heads and always remained
U14: Well done to our girls who played St Croans in the Division 2A Semi Final last Wednesday Evening. Final score was Roscommon Gaels 2-13 St Croans 1-4. We will play Shannon Gaels in the County Division 2A Final on Tuesday 19th in Kilglass at 8pm. Please come and support the girls.
U16: We are still waiting on Quarter finals to be fixed.
Comhghairdeas to Gaelscoil de hIde in the Cumann na mBunscol finals in Faithleach's yesterday winning their final well done girls.
Roscommon Gaels Nursery:
Roscommon Gaels nursery training continues Thursday 31st of May at 7pm to 7.45pm on the Hyde training pitch weather permitting.
We will be introducing the lads to minimum contact games over the next few weeks so we will be requiring gum shields to be worn.
Saturday 9th our U8 Footballers took part in their second U8 Go Games Blitz of the season.
The Blitz was hosted by St. Brigid’s in Kiltoom. Other clubs participating was: Oran, St. Dominic’s, Padraig Pearses, Clann Na nGael and St. Ciaran’s. The boys did very well indeed; it was great to see their development and their progress. All in all a great day. Many thanks to our coaches, parents and our hosts St. Brigids GAA.
U10: Roscommon Gaels hosted an u-10 Go Games blitz on Saturday in Lisnamult . 5 clubs competed and all did well and enjoyed the day.
Special thanks to Tim Lambe, Michael Corcoran and Luke Gregory who assisted with refereeing on the day.
** Roscommon Gaels Annual Development Draw **
Our Annual Development Draw will be launched on 16th June with the draw taking place on 11th August. The Development draw has been moved from the customary Christmas time Draw back to the summer time, a time when all our members are using and availing of our Club facilities at Lisnamult.
Tickets are €10 each or a book of 6 for €50, with a fabulous list of prizes on offer.
We need all our Club members to support this hugely important Development draw to assist with the ongoing development of our Club.
Please support the Draw by buying and selling tickets over the coming weeks and be in with a chance of winning one of these quality prizes.
List of Prizes
1. Microsoft Surface Pro Laptop, worth €1,200
2. Holiday Apartment Accommodation in Portugal, for 1 week, worth €1,000.
3. All Ireland Final Hurling tickets x 2
4. All Ireland Final Football tickets x 2
5. Manchester United home match tickets x 2, plus flights & accommodation
6. 3-1-1 reclining suit of furniture (Gannon’s Image Furniture)
7. €500 voucher for McNulty Furniture.
8. 500 L of home heating oil (sponsored DG Oil)
9. 50 Bales of Briquettes
10. 50 Bales of Briquettes
11. 50 Bags of Firewood Timber (donated by Anthony Clogher & Gerry Kelly)
12. Golf Green Fees x 4 - Golf course TBC
13. Golf Green Fees x 4 for Roscommon Golf Course.
14. Customised Gum shield, worth €75 (sponsored by Eleanor Keavney)
15. Dinner for 2 at Darcy12 Restaurant in Clifden.