Practices are the best time for your teams to improve. It gives coaches the opportunity to help students learn from failure and reflect on ways to improve. A typical practice can last 2-3 hours and includes team meetings, warm-ups, scrimmages, and cool-downs.
Team meetings establish expectations and structure for your practice. This is your opportunity to address questions, establish a goal, and create a climate of trust and collaboration.
During this time:
Set individual and team goals.
Review and recap previous goals.
Discuss wins and learning moments from previous practices, scrimmages, or matches.
Examples of practice day goals: review previous scrimmage footage and practice a weak area, clear team communication, defending goals, aerial shots, minion wave clearing, etc.
Like traditional sports, warming up the body is essential for esports players to prevent injury. Warm-up muscles for gamers are wrists, elbows, fingers, shoulders, neck, and back.
Utilize previous game-play to set an objective for your skill development in Scrimmages at PlayVS.
The Deliberate Practice theory states that to prevent plateauing, players should hone on a specific skill to increase overall playing ability. Skills can be practiced individually or as a team. Strategies can be practiced in custom matches with bots, other teams at your school, or connecting with schools via PlayVS Discord.
PlayVS Tip: To understand Deliberate Practice, watch JaKaTaKtv’s What is Sandbox? video, specifically 0:20-2:40.
Coaches can also use the PlayVS Discord server to connect with schools across the country. Scrimmaging against other schools allows teams to simulate and better prepare for match days. After a game finishes up, circle back and do a brief breakdown. Then, decide whether to continue practicing your objective or to move to a new skill or strategy.
As the practice winds down, provide a time for reflection. Growth Mindset encourages players to learn from mistakes rather than get stuck.
Players should complete the cool-down with stretching. Like traditional sports, this helps prevent injury and helps close out the practice.
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