Great Britain Hockey 93026 GBH Talent Development Framework Booklet - Page 14

Environment For many generations, coaching within hockey has separated out what we see or ‘reading the game’ (perception) from technique (action) and the ever-changing and variable context in which it occurs (the game). The most common presentation of this is in closed skill, drill- based exercises focusing on discrete skills. However, in highly interactive, invasion games like hockey, research*** is now unequivocal in supporting a contextually appropriate learning environment where perception and action are coupled. The ‘Golden Thread’ (Figure 2) is offered as a guide to help coaches design effective practices within their learning environment. Fun! Constant decision making GOLDEN THREAD Looks something like the game Figure 2: Golden Thread Lots of touches of the ball Stretch “ The role of the coach is to be a facilitator ” *** Great Britain Hockey working in partnership with England Hockey, Hockey Wales and Scottish Hockey  For an introduction see Chow, J. Y., Davids, K., Button, C., & Renshaw, I. (2015) Non-linear pedagogy in skill acquisition: An introduction. Abingdon, Routledge 14