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If you have been around sports for any length of time at all you have undoubtedly heard a coach state that it is the little things that make the difference between winning and losing, between being good and being great. I mention The Details of the Process on a regular basis. That coaches constantly speak about the "little things" is testimony to their importance, but how often do you find the "little things" identified?
Toes up / Heel down / Strike with the ankle bone ... these are little technical things that make a difference.
Here is a small tactical detail to remember that can make a significant difference in a teams ability to defend.
Great defensive teams move on the movement of the ball.
Poor defensive teams move on the completed pass.
Think of the times you have seen a team chasing the ball around the field as the opposing team strings pass after pass together. Perhaps you have even been on a team that has chased the ball around the field? Not much fun is it? And it is physically, mentally and emotionally exhausting. In a word, it can be demoralizing. To prevent this from happening TEAMS must defend as if they have one heartbeat shared by 11 players. Great defensive teams know everytime the ball moves they must collectively move with it.
What about great offensive teams?
Great offensive teams move before the ball moves.
Poor offensive teams move when or after the ball moves.
Small but subtle differences between defending and attacking. "Little things" that make profound differences in the quality of play. Good teams pay attention to the details of the process. Great teams never allow themselves to become bored with the details of the process. It's a matter of choice. Choose wisely for the quality of your game depends upon it.