As Mark discusses in the video, Oregon State coaches map out practices in blocks of 10 before each season. Practices are designed to accomplish specific goals and create competitive situations. Time is built in for coaches to work on skills with small groups – sometimes just a couple of players.
Oregon State associate head coach Mark Barnard, who was recently named head coach of the Australian women’s national team, has years of experience planning practices. In this video, he shares some good advice on how you can maximize training time and create practices that are well suited to what you’re trying to accomplish.