There is a lot of information floating around on the importance of eye work for players. There is a lot of information on exactly what players should be looking at in each situation, in attack, defence, in block, not least on this blog. However, in all my years of coaching I have never heard about eye work for coaches. If what and where you are looking is important for players, it logically must be no less important for coaches. After all the first step to effective decision making is information collection and most of that is visual.
The coach is responsible for individual technique, team structure, tactics and opposition scouting all at the same time.
To fulfil all those tasks:
- Where should he look?
- What should he watch?
- Where should his main focus be?
- Where should his peripheral vision be?
- Can he even do all if those things at once?