We have all heard the saying practice makes perfect. Not a fan, never have been. Coach Wooden referenced that perfection is impossible, but striving for perfection is conceivable. The opportunity to strive for perfection takes place in the form of practice. My belief is that under the appropriate instruction practice forms habits; these habits designated as skills are to be nurtured through repetition, assessment, and more repitition ultimately driving an athlete to refuse to accept the impossibility of reaching perfection. The concept posited by Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers claims that it will take a minimum of 10,000 hours of dedicated practice before an individual can master their craft.
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To spare those attempting to do the math in their head it will take roughly 3 hours a day for 10 years to reach 10,000 hours. To avoid digressing the debate of nature vs. nurture, or the exceptions to the rule pertaining to the 10,000 hour theory a coach could look at Gladwell’s philosophy in two ways: 1) do you strive to mastering the craft of coaching? 2) what do you do to foster an atmosphere where players strive for perfection?