Generalisation Versus Specialisation


The above picture will look completely abstract to the vast majority of readers,,, and that is exactly how I want it.

You see, until 2014 I was involved with American Football at the semi-professional level in the European leagues. During my years as a coach I had a few wonderful opportunities to push myself and lead others in their pursuit for athletic success.

Then came my opportunity to start to strategise and take control of the game in a totally different manner. You see American Football is much more fragmented than the Rugby codes, or Aussie Rules. Each play is a microcosm of the game itself. Moves and counter moves, layers of fundamental skills heaped upon athletic prowess and quick wits. Each play has several nuances and specialties that you cannot prepare for in other codes of contact ballsport.

Let us look at the above diagram of a specific play I coached. On the left side you will see two circles labelled X and L and on the right there are two circles labelled R and Z. Earlier on I would hold this card up and the players - represented by the letters - would run the play as the red arrows directed them. Once we had that down, I would send A - the circle in the middle at the bottom of the picture - to the left side. Remember that we had the play down pretty good as it is shown in the picture. What do you think happened?

Sit on the beach

Let us perhaps look at something a little more canine in its application. Something like a simple pair of obedience exercises. Something like Sit and Down are fairly simple movements any dog owner knows and has had trouble with in the past.

You work on Sit until you have your dog able to Sit and wait for a period of time at home, no worries. It did not take too long and your dog was able to focus on you perfectly. Then you started cooking dinner and your dog could not Sit still. No matter how often you said Sit or Stay, your dog simply could not comply with your command.