Autonomous Phase - Role of Coach

At this phase, instruction serves two purposes:

  1. To help players maintain their level of skill
  2. To motivate players to continue to improve

– Capability for skilled behavior is now relatively permanent

– The role of the coach as a motivator is important during this phase

– The use of GOAL SETTING and REINFORCEMENT helps maintain motivation



– When it is desired to change a player’s well-learned technique

– A minor change in technique (eg. widening stance) is easily accomplished and

requires little relearning

– A major change in technique requires a return to the cognitive phase and then

going through the progression. Performance may temporarily suffer. The Coach

must be sure to prepare the player for this.

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