Levels of 'predictability' - how are your patterns of play?

1.  Your patterns of play, especially in setting up, executing and following up strengths, are predictable but you execute so well that you maintain control over your opponent (and/or your opponent is weaker so it doesn't matter)

2.  Your patterns are predictable and you execute poorly giving up control to your opponent

3.  Your patterns are so unpredictable you make a high count of un-forced errors, lack basic discipline but revel in 'shot making' even if it doesn't win you the match!

4.  You vary your patterns (up to 30% of the time), maintaining discipline in your shot selection but doing enough to ensure opponent has a degree of uncertainty making your 'go to's' even more effective.

Quote of the day

'On any long journey, detours can be expected' - unknown.

Especially when the destination is not a physical place but a dream of a moment in time, an idea/concept or vision of what could be.

Once you're 'there' it's so easy to look back to see how you got there, but the journey itself is full or stops, detours, and re-routes in which the learning takes place to inform us of our next steps.  (This, by the way, is called 'generative learning' meaning that the learner is generating the answer rather than recalling it.  Generation is another name for old-fashioned trial and error - 'Make it Stick' - Brown, Roediger, McDaniel).

Decision making hierarchy of needs

1.  Player makes the same decision too often (in a particular game situation) which leads them to become predictable.

2.  Player makes low percentage decisions too often which leads to developing a 'shot making' mentality and many errors.

3.  Player is slow at making decisions or even has indecision which leads them to being rushed.

What would be your greatest decision making development need as a player, bearing in mind that it's been said we make 700+ decisions a match!

Real Madrid seem to be doing very well without super-chicken Ronaldo

Real Madrid have got off to a great start this season, and listening to a Gabriele Marcotti interview on the radio yesterday, I couldn't help but think that the constant need to feed super-chicken Ronaldo took away from the performance of the potentially highly productive and capable normal chickens (well, bit more than normal but you get my drift) - Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema as examples who now appear to be flying in a very non-normal chicken way.

Anyway, for a great TED talk on chickens by Margaret Heffernen, 'Why it's time to forget the pecking order at work' visit https://youtu.be/Vyn_xLrtZaYhttp://