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Coach the mindset to have success in sports team

Da tempo le nazionali degli sport di squadra non vincono più e presidenti di federazione e club si accusano vicendevolmente di fare poco per affrontare seriamente questo problema. Al di là di questa lotta sterile che evidenzia paradossalmente la difficoltà a ‘fare squadra’ per un interesse superiore alle singole esigenze, ciò che manca è il sapere come si sviluppa a lungo termine l’atleta. Sappiamo per certo che ci vogliono anni d’investimento, probabilmente almeno 10.000 ore di allenamento dall’inizio della pratica dello sport scelto sino a diventare giocatori esperti e maturi per affrontare eventi di livello internazionale. Abbiamo tanti presunti campioncini che non diventeranno mai giocatori di prima fascia per un eccesso di valutazione positiva quando sono adolescenti mentre i genitori si gratificano pensando di avere scoperto in casa un Totti, solo perché il loro figlio è più bravo dei suoi compagni o nella pallavolo e basket solo perché a 13/14 anni è più alto degli altri e allora ha vita facile a fare i punti. I genitori si entusiasmano, i club li sfruttano e l’anno successivo un altro diventa più bravo di loro e così avanti, il risultato è che si rovina l’autostima dei ragazzi che non sanno a cosa credere: ‘sono bravo oppure no?’.

In Italia la ricerca psicologica in questo ambito non è sviluppata perché difficilmente le squadre mettono a disposizione i loro giocatori per indagare sullo sviluppo psicologico di questi giovani. Non è lo stesso in paesi come il Regno Unito dove molte Football Academy hanno adottato un sistema denominato 5C’s che è un modello per sviluppare le abilità psicologiche (concentrazione, impegno, comunicazione, controllo e fiducia) durante le sessioni di allenamento. Lo stesso vale ad esempio in US per la Little League di Baseball, dove da 40 anno si utilizza sul campo un sistema per monitorare il comportamento dell’allenatore, il Coaching Behavioral Assessment System, che ne permette l’esame e fornisce al tecnico informazioni utili per migliorare professionalmente, tratte direttamente dal suo modo di lavorare con i giovani. Esistono, inoltre, sistemi per il miglioramento della concentrazione nelle abilità di precisione, trasversali a tutti gli sport di squadra come sono i calci di rigore, la battuta nella pallavolo, il tiro libero nel basket e i calci nel rugby, che potrebbero insegnare ai giocatori come affrontare queste situazioni, che dipendono in larga parte solo dalla convinzione che hanno in quel momento di fare nel modo migliore la cosa giusta.  L’utilizzo di questi approcci integrati nell’allenamento determinerebbe un migliore sviluppo dei giovani negli sport, potenziando in loro le competenze psicologiche di base, che saranno certamente utili anche nella vita di tutti i giorni ma che sarebbero di grande sostegno alle loro prestazioni che non sono mai solo tecniche. Rappresentano invece l’espressione massima del giocatore nella sua globalità fisica, tecnico-tattica e psicologica. Senza questo tipo di sviluppo personale e di gruppo sarà sempre difficile, al di là di qualsiasi forma organizzativa venga adottata dagli organismi sportivi, allenare futuri giocatori di successo.

Your son has the characteristics to be professionally involved in sport?

I read today in Repubblica, Italian newspaper, an interview with Valentina Diouf, young players of the Italian volleyball team, at the question of how important is the family for an athlete she responds:

“It ‘s fundamental. You have to figure out if a young has the characteristics of a career in sports, or else ruin him/her.”
I totally agree with this response and I believe that the family can not escape to cope with this educational function. Unfortunately, many parents live, instead, in the hope that their son/daughter  becomes a champion and this happens not only in those sports where success is associated with the economic wealth that could be achieved but in any sport that is clay pigeon shooting or volleyball. These guys live in family situations where the parents realize their dreams of success through their children. Today compared to the past is possible to have a sport career for a young teenager but this must be integrated with the other fundamental commitment, the school. Tennis is a sport where is more outrageous this approach to success, that 90% of players will not reach. Rarely families realize that their children will never become players of high level, because it’s easier for everyone to hope in the next tournament or change coach. And ‘common for these children / and we had a schooling facilitated, so the idea of ​​continuing studies is a very difficult choice because they have acquired the skills to know how to study, and this is often accompanied by lack of other interests besides tennis. Often the only option for them is to become teachers and future teachers of tennis. Work beautiful and interesting but how to do it, if you do not have the necessary scientific culture and sport. How to teach something that has failed as players without a personal journey of personal development?
Of course none of these aspects is dealing with it, because the circles of court and to the Federation only affect those who play while others are a burden to hide and avoid. In this sense the parents are not alone in this their commitment to education and there will be no systematic form of support and perhaps even education directed at them.

Review book: The movement for the children

Attività Motoria-Cognitiva nella Scuola Primaria

Carmelo Pittera

2014, p. 127

Euro Centro Studi “Gabbiano d’Argento”

I knew Carmelo Pittera more than 30 years ago, I was very young and he had already reached the 2° place in the Volley World Champioship as a coach of the Italian team. In the following years we became experts in the children movement working on his insight. Carmelo has continued to work in this direction and he is published a new program for children called SELL. In these years he started to apply this model in the North of Italy (Gorizia), in Slovenia and in Argentina.  I believe that it’s a new approach well based from the theoratical side, it’s innovative and every teacher in school can easily use. I will come back on this project in the next future but for the moment I want to introduce to you, helping you share my same enthusiasm.

What it follow is the presentation by Carmelo Pittera.

My interest toward Minivolley begins at the end of the ’70, when I met the person that we can define as the inventor of Minivolley, Professor Horst Baacke, who introduced in Eastern Germany an early form of volleyball for groups of children aged ten to twelve years.

From a cultural and educational perspective, I was skeptical about the various aspects of early specialization in sports games, mainly because of the definition of Minisport. I was convinced, however, that in children from eight to ten yearsold , the physical education should be considered an asset to the service of the integral development of the children It is really important that the education at the movement help them to a global growth.
Thus it was born the first draft of “Motor Sillabarius”, which represented  the starting point of the SELL system (Signal, Reading, Execution, Lateralization). At the Motor Syllabarius was followed by the publication of “The alphabet of movement,” which picked up the results obtained in research on  ”analogic- expressive phase” of the movement education. Published in four volumes, the pedagogical section was written by experts in primary education and psychologists.

The SELL is an educational system that has the purpose of teaching, structuring and implementation of neural circuits that affect, starting from the motor area, the cognitive dimensio. It develops in children, not only the opportunity to interact with others (socialization), but also the chance to do better things with others (cooperation). It can be defined as:

  • Intuitive activitiy , induced by  the Observer, through four mediators: activities (direct experience), iconic (drawings), analogical (dramatization) and symbolic (colors and numbers and more, to represent the variables and their relationships);
  • A path through which the Observer builds learning environments in which the children are brought to question rather than waiting canned responses.
  • A uniform language, the same for all, which does not require specific words, easily accessible as it adapted to the children’s cognitive and motor potential.

SELL (Signal, Reading, Execution, Lateralization) is structured in four parts:

The Expressive Analogical System  is a theoretical-practical path for the activation of the circuits of motor learning and cognitive development from children of 4 years old. It’s composed of various educational track  by using the environmental opportunities or the body combined with the wall and the ground, or building games with figures and symbols with a stick combining them with their own body and that of the teammates; or analogies with the animal world, combined with natural colors and their body; or games with simple teaching material (balloons, cards and so on).

The optical and acoustic Symbolic Analogical System for the improvement of basic motor patterns from 8 to 12 yearsold : run, jump, throw, catch. The actions are related to the lateralization and performance oculus-manual and oculus-breech, equilibrium, systems of  acceleration and deceleration of the gravity center as well as the distinct body segments. All this is achieved through symbols, simple elements and specific groups are created in a special way by the system SELL.

The lateralization System, with and without the group. This system was created to facilitate the harmonious development of the growing child’s motor and performance relating to “degrees of freedom”, with particular attention to the problems of the non-dominant body side.
The support system in the development of analogical Expressive, analogical optical and acoustic Symbolic of paper materials and computer equipment to facilitate the learning in the classroom and at home.

The materials consist of:

  • The light and the puppet play.
  • The directional eyes, hypothetical or actually represented on the shirt or on the tip of the shoes.
  • The mental visualization: the mind’s eye.
  • The activity oculus – manual / breech developed with the use of conventional elements (balls, rubber bands and so on) or non-conventional (newspapers, empty bottles and other).

The game of lights and puppets, directional eyes  and mental visualization must be known and internalized by children before beginning the teaching units. Traffic lights and the “game of the puppet.”

During our on field lessons, we have verified that the imitation of children is often inaccurate. With researchers of SELL System  we have tried to solve this problem, looking for solutions suited to the children characteristics.
After several attempts, we arrived at the “Game of the traffic lights.” The choice of this symbol was adopted after being tested that all knew it. We have identified the symbol of traffic lights along with the image of ‘”Vitruvian Man” by Leonardo da Vinci, that we modify using the three light colors, with the aim of relating the different parts of the human body with these colors.
The symbols used, in addition to increasing the attentional focus, has a considerable influence in the development of imagination and, consequently, in the creativity of forms. It allows children to improve the knowledge of the structure of their body, and the teacher, together with the children, to develop new kind of play, improving the stabilization of teaching content.

The face of those who want to win

This is the face of those who want to get out of a bad moment and win the game. (Italy volleyball team was losing 2-0 against France, then it managed to overturn the result, winning 3-2, thanks to the inclusion of players who wanted to win, like the setter Baranowicz).

Volley, Mondiali: l'Italia ritrova l'orgoglio, battuta in rimonta la Francia

Italy without sense of belonging: 3 sports, 3 stories

Today I read three news coming from different sports, they seem to have a common denominator, reflecting the shortage in our country of the sense of belonging.

  1.  The first concerns Alessio Cerci, young football player of Torino going to play with Atletico Madrid, champion of Spain. So another young Italian footballer leaves our country (as Verratti, Immobile, Balotelli and others) without that some clubs has done everything is possible to keep him. Certainly he will be very satisfied, like the others, for the chance to play in one of the European strongest team and for the salary but I remain convinced that a country that wants to be successful should retain talent rather than let them go. We can say that our clubs habe not done the war to have the best.
  2. The second concerns the Italian volleyball team that lost in the opening match of the world championship 3-1 against Iran. Italy has appeared unmotivated and not very aggressive, this led to a percentage of embarrassing mistakes. Iran has shown the opposite attitude and deserved the victory. You can win or lose a game, but after months of work you cannot begin an important match with the attitude of one who is destined to suffer. Italians thought of winning easily? I do not think, they had already lost against Iran. In the field they have not had a leader capable of keeping the team united and aggressive, making them feel the importance of  the that match. Attitudes should be obvious by now; the players should know very well how to deal with these negative moments and stimulating each other a sense of belonging.
  3. The third concerns Daniele Meucci, winner of the marathon to the last European Championship. To continue to study, gave 60 engineering exams in five years, and runs 180km a week. At university, he never said it was in the national team, because they probably would not understand, and he runs out in the morning at 6 am and then again in the evening up to 20, with the caretaker of the camp that complains to him because he would like to close the track before the scheduled time. Another example of how Italy does not help the sport, there is no sense of community with athletes and it’s not stimulated even in this case, the sense of belonging. And rightly Meucci says, “I’ll do the engineer: athletics goes, life remains.”

The referee mistakes

Start a new season in football as for the other team sports, and referees play a vital role for the proper running of the championships. To the umpires does not like to be told that they can make mistakes for excessive personal arrogance or  subordination to the teams and players. I’m not talking about technical incompetence, because in this case the mistake is not so much the referee showing this difficulty, but rather of those who have designated him for that game. On the contrary, even the most experienced international referee can make mistakes due to an excess of will to impose himself or viceversa due to an excessive caution in respect of the home team or  the most famous players. Errors of presumption or subjection toward the opponents are also showed by the high-level teams, because they are part of those behaviors in which anyone can fall when the competitive tension is very intense. The referees and their managers should not therefore deny this kind of errors, because they can occur even in the most competent people. The referees should be trained to recognize when these attitudes begin to appear in their behaviors on the field, so as to correct them immediately. A rule that I would like to transmit to the referees is to never deny themselves a difficult time but instead to recognize it as soon as possible and change their behaviors in a positive way.

Get out the cancer with the team spirit

Sintini con la moglie al Giro d'Italia

Giacomo Sintini is a Italian volleyball player, setter of the Italian champion team. But last year the situation was very different. Jack is not the same as before, has continuous pain in the ribs and the scapula. Take a few tests to understand that the situation is serious. “The severe pain that I felt, explains Jack, were due to the continuous micro-fractures in the ribs. But the trauma of the sport have nothing to do. Within a bone there was a tumor lesion continues to grow more and more able to reduce the ribs and cause me great pain. It was a stage IV lymphoma development. “A diagnosis ruthless able to knock anyone, even a tough guy like James Sintini. “It’s all over. You cannot think like that when they tell you that you have a cancer. The hematologists had confirmed that the situation was bad enough. Me and my family remained petrified, completely in despair”says Sintini. Today defeated this disease, thanks to the care received, but he himself said that it was a real team effort did with the doctors and his family, which has prevented even in the most painful not to lose hope power to heal. (www.fondazioneveronesi.it/la-tua-salute/giro-d-italia/guarire-grazie-alla-ricerca-il-cancro-si-pu-sconfiggere-parola-di-giacomo-sintini/4504)

The amazing shot in a badminton match

Badminton can be an amazing and adrenaline sport as we can watch in this video.

 Julien Maio badminton amazing shot

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4r6H9mUgcA8

Another coach resigned for stress

I often write about the difficulty of stress managing . This is not only a problem for athletes but it is becoming increasingly for coaches too. Guardiola has resigned because he felt the need to take a rest period. The coach of Sydney football team, with the arrival of Del Piero, has experienced a period of intense stress and he has resigned. Now it was the turn of Alekno, coach of the Russian national volleyball team, gold in London: he also resigned too much stress. I hope that these stories teach coaches to be coached mainly from the psychological point of view.

Volleyball team: Bad the first

The Italian men volleyball team has played a bad game against Poland,  particularly it has lost its mind. The most experienced player, Mastrangelo, argued with the referee and the team disbanded in the fourth set. The coach was not able to transmit will to play in the time out as he should be. This defeat does not affect the Olympic track but the absence of a positive reaction of the team must be understood and solved, otherwise it will accompany the team as a ghost, ready to spoil the game at any point during the tournament.