In the summer of 1977, I had the good fortune to work 8 weeks of volleyball camps with Carl McGown, the former head coach of the U.S. men’s national team who also coached 2 NCAA championship teams at BYU. To this day, I remember sitting in the cafeteria at Western Michigan University and watching as Carl scribbled on a napkin the keys to teaching skills. Here’s what he wrote:
- Provide a visual model of what you want the athlete to do.
- Provide Opportunities to Repeat (OTR).
- Provide more visual feedback of either the athlete performing the skill or a demonstrator correctly performing the desired skill.
- More OTR.