I previously shared something called the Second Chance Game. The basic idea is that a player who makes an error immediately gets an opportunity to correct their mistake. For example, a hitter spikes a ball into the net. The coach immediately makes them repeat the attack until they make a good swing. Note, though, that you need not confine this sort of error correction to one certain type of game. It can happen at any time, in any game or drill.
I saw many examples this approach in my 2014 visit to pro teams in Germany , and in a number of other places since. They did it in passing drills. They did it in defense drills. It came when working on movement. It came when working on setting. The point was to not accept the bad repetition – especially if it was because of poor technique, bad decision-making, etc. – and reinforce the desired execution.
You could argue second chance is often best used in drills because it’s easier to have a do-over in those situations than in game-play. That’s a really limiting perspective, however, and not shared by coaches I’ve seen use the concept. In fact, I’ve seen it used most often during game play. There are two caveats, however.
First, second chance when your team plays can create a continuous rally situation. This can be useful at times (such as when you want some conditioning), but you definitely need to have a plan for ending one rally and starting a new one.
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