Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Approach versus outcome


Last year's Kansas basketball team was very good and very experienced. When I listened to the coaches radio show, I was struck by how often he talked about focusing on process versus outcome. He'd say things like, "I don't care if the shot goes in as long as the shot was a good one to take."

It seems to me like the coach - Bill Self - isn't talking about process versus outcome as much this season. Instead, he seems to be talking about "approach" versus outcome. Tonight he talked about the need for the inside players to "attack the rim" on offenses. He talks about being "tough" and "aggressive."

It struck me that emphasizing approach, rather than process, might reflect the fact that this year's team is very inexperienced.

Self's model of how players develop might look something like this:

Inexperienced - focus on developing a good approach
Experienced - focus on developing a good process

And this model would, I think, make sense for orienteers.

Back to okansas.blogspot.com.

posted by Michael | 7:55 PM


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