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In the book How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer (recommended by John Kessel), one subject he brings to light is the neurological insight to optimize learning. He studied some of the top athletes, chess grandmasters, backgammon world champions, and even a 30 year veteran soap opera producer to understand how they became great. The common theme with these greats is their constant search for their own errors. Even if the error is not easily visible to an untrained eye, these greats would continue to study film to find the slightest imperfection. The soap opera producer was not satisfied in his review until he found at least 30 errors for each new episode. It is through this constant study of mistakes in which a person finds regular positive patterns within their craft. The neurons in the brain continually learn the correct patterns. It is a tiny break in these common patterns (the brain neuron receptors recognize a misfire), that an expert emotionally senses (they do not have to logically comprehend the reason) the opponent’s error or weakness during battle.

I have heard that Russ Rose breaks down all the mistakes of matches (win or lose) to review with his players. Is this one of his competitive advantages?

6 comments

  1. I believe that it is one of his advantages as through watching video we can see different angles and also pay attention to things that don't warrant our attention as coaches during a game.

    We can't watch EVERY player's footwork at once, especially the ones off the ball 🙂

  2. Expert coaches like Russ Rose can watch EVERY player's footwork at once! I'm just kidding 😉 Video provides a great opportunity for quality feedback. We work with our players at least weekly to help with their strengths and weaknesses.

  3. I believe that it is one of his advantages as through watching video we can see different angles and also pay attention to things that don't warrant our attention as coaches during a game.

    We can't watch EVERY player's footwork at once, especially the ones off the ball 🙂

  4. Expert coaches like Russ Rose can watch EVERY player's footwork at once! I'm just kidding 😉 Video provides a great opportunity for quality feedback. We work with our players at least weekly to help with their strengths and weaknesses.

  5. I am new to coaching and saw the Rotate 123 and was wondering if it’s available in an app? Thanks

  6. Hi Dayna,

    Rotate 123 is a great product that will save you countless hours of drawing lots of rectangles on a sheet of paper 😉 I had dinner at AVCA Convention with Kyle Mashima one of the founders of Rotate 123 and he said they are working a mobile app for it. Check out their website for updates.

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