If you don’t write down what you do,
you will always do the same things at practice.
This is a lesson I learned at the beginning of my career as coach from a coach who at the time had enough experience to make me believe he had everything planned out in his head.
Enough exercises, enough practice, enough training and competitions.
Why would he need to write anything down?
I am not a fan of exercise encyclopedias, but I know that a coach needs a certain base to draw from and create the content for his practices.
My criteria are not technique, tactics, physical training, but biomechanics of movement, psychomotor speed and technical – tactical creativity and this is why it’s important that I can create these folders myself.
What is more important to me than a collection of exercises is the relationship between the content that I use at practices over weeks and months.
We make progress in what we measure.
How much time does my team spend on practising biomechanics of movement,
and how much on psychomotor speed?
When working with senior players, I have clear guidelines on what kind of relationships I want and I track it easily using XPS.
This option is equally important when developing a good working system with younger age groups. A coordinator and coaches can plan longterm and organise the journey of every young player, starting from mini handball and following him to the senior level.
It makes sense that the coach focuses 100% on biomechanics of movement at the beginning of this journey, and that te-ta creativity dominates at senior level.
The relationships between the content change over time and should be determined by a longterm plan, and XPS is a tool that helps us see if we are following the plan.
If a coordinator and coaches see significant deviations from the plan, they can react immediately and commit longterm to improving their work with children.
It’s not an issue if one player misses practice once
and is “deprived” of what we did at practice that time.
The issue arises if this happens repeatedly.
Will Branko, who is 12 and misses practice on Thursdays, be deprived of 40 feint practises in that season, if we learn feints on Thursdays?
If we multiply this situation with 6-7 players who have the same weakly rhythm, the problem seems unsolvable.
How can a coach simultaneously monitor how much content has a player covered if we count in sickness, missed practises due to family affairs, etc.?
Since XPS monitors attendance and our agenda at the same time by checking the statistics of an individual player, we can come to a conclusion by simply looking at the image.
The image we see for Branko will correspond to what we want to see only in players with a 100% attendance rate.
In real life it will be similar, but we can determine how much deviation from what we want is still fine.
In case of significant deviation, we prepare additional content for Branko who performs it by himself until his image is close to what we want to see.