For Coaches: Making Downtime More Productive During Practice | Doug Lemov

Recently I watched Mike Ellicott training his U13 girls at Empire United‘s development academy in Rochester.  I wanted to share an idea that came out of it.

When his girls broke into three groups for small sided games–one group ‘off’ while the other two played; the third group rotating in after five mins–something caught my eye. Mike gave the girls in the third group cards.

Giving out “the cards”

He said “We’ll be using the cards again” and the girls laughed.  The purpose of the cards soon became clear.  They were workout cards. While they were ‘out’ the girls did a series of fitness…

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