I’ve talked in those posts about the point from which one views the game and how different points provide different views and hence different information. Perspective is important.
During our Champions League campaign last season, I was able, very briefly, to watch Vladimir Alekno during a training session. What he did that was very interesting was that in a serve and reception drill, he did not position himself to allow an overview of the whole drill, but in a position that he could only watch the receivers. His entire attention was focused not on the conduct of the drill or the servers, but very specifically on the receivers from inside the court on the opposite side of the net. That got me a thinking a little bit.
In a post on Eye Work For Coaches, I thought, and asked, about where the coach should focus his attention**. What about if the coach doesn’t control his attention solely by his focus but by his position around, but more specifically on, the court? What if he stands on the court and in a position that his attention can’t waver from his goal? What if he stands right next to the player? How much more information does he get? Is that information better information? Can he link the movements of the player and ball better?
I’d be interested in some thoughts.
** The final poll results showed that 95% of readers of this blog, however representative of anything that is, think that the coach should focus his attention on the players or the players’ feet.