The Minor to Major Approach

Coaches are teachers. Each teacher (or coach) has their own way of giving feedback and cues in order to help the student (or athlete) improve on a given skill or task. One of the best ways to help an athlete improve a skill is by taking the minor to major approach. Take for example, a young soccer athlete learning a lateral sprint start. He is completely foreign to the movement and will require several corrections. A way you can approach changing how this athlete moves is by giving a very minor cue, followed by a major cue. The minor cue is easily understood and improved in the next repetition. An example of a minor cue is widening the athletes stance and mentioning this is how you want to start each rep. Typically, the minor cues pop up when the athlete is stationary, making it easier to modify. An example of a major cue is teaching the athlete to hold a 45 degree angle after the start. Since this is done at a higher velocity, it will require several reps to master due to the complex nature. Another way you can break this down is by saying all of my minor/easy cues are going to be given during slow to no velocity movements and all of my major/difficult cues are going to be given during my high velocity, high complexity movements. By organizing how you chose to cue up athletes and focusing on only a few things at a time, it will help create faster learning and yield better results.