Football (soccer) Learning: 4 on 4 Beats 5 on 5!
David Epstein the author of the Sports Gene circulated this note to his e-mail posse:
“Mike, I’d totally read you blogging your thoughts about this: http://www.ministry-of-football.com/research-measuring-learning/.”
The link is about optimizing skills acquisition and learning in football/soccer. The take home message is that for indoor versions of the game played by primary school kids there more learning goes on with 4 on 4 vs. 5 on 5 games. In other words more touches per player, more and better passing, and more periods of continuous play.
My Response: This is so Triangle!
David, this is so triangle offense. All old school basketball coaches break the game down into 2 on 2 and 3 on 3s. If you also look at fast break drills and other traditional b-ball drills they are all 3 on 2 with a trailer. The whole point of all of this is to; 1) generate spacing, 2) that passes are faster than running or dribbling, and 3) to “feel” the pressure from the defense and generate a mismatch.
This is why the Spurs win, why John Wooden said later in his life that the women’s game was better than the men’s, and why Pop hired Becky Hammon etc.
I have the Wooden/Sharman book of b-ball drills I picked up someplace and it is all in there.
This is also classic Soviet ice hockey and Herb Brooks as well.
See! Ha…I knew it. You should just post this…….
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