Drills vs Scrimmage vs Situational Scrimmage

Posted on July 5, 2012 by

1


I’ve been reflecting on the learning pyramid from yesterday. There are other versions of the pyramid that include “using the skill” as another method for 90% retention. If practicing a skill leads to 75% retention and doing the skill in real life leads to 90% retention, then how can we capitalise on this in training?

Often, we use drills to learn a skill and then scrimmage is a chance to try everything out at once. The problem with that is that drills only help us absorb 75% of the skills. Then, in scrimmage, we revert to that 75 at the most and so what we’re consolidating during scrimmage is the dumbed-down version of our drills. Basically, our scrimmage sessions are teaching our instincts to rely on the same old techniques and skills. This goes a long way to explaining why I have a repertoire of skills in a non-game situation but every time I get up there to bout I turn into a two trick monkey and fail to get lead jammer/make my second pass etc.

This really highlights the value of situational scrimmages, where the point is not to win the jam (though that would be nice) but to use a particular skill successfully. What do you think? Does the drill/scrimmage formula work for you?

Advertisements
Posted in: LimboLand