Space and Time

Not quantum physics or star wars, but two very fundamental concepts key to understanding Multidimensional Speed and Agility (MDSA). Space and time are key elements of “game speed.” Proficient players in team sports must have an understanding of space. Space is awareness of where all the players are on the field or court at all times. Maybe more important than where they are, is where they are not, the actual space between them. The goal is to develop the perception, vision and awareness to be able to exploit that space.

Time is the internal clock that is always ticking to make the player aware of how much time they have to execute a skill. It is not conscious, but subliminal. A novice performer is always in a hurry, rushed thinking that they do not have enough time. An experienced performer on the other seems calm and collected, in many respects the game slows down for them. They seem to have the ability to wait to make things happen.

Space and time can be improved with training as part of a comprehensive MDSA training program.


At 11/15/07, 9:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Definitely agree with your comments on Space and Time. While this is somewhat trainable, it is also limiting due to the mental component.

The example you gave of the experienced performer seeming calm and that the game slows down for them, is more due to their mind speed than space and time.

Do you work on this?


At 11/15/07, 2:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would say the experienced performer represents the point where the movement occurs without thinking about it, it's automatic. Then the game slows down and their focus is towards strategy and execution.

At 11/15/07, 11:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes but there are many athletes that I know that can effficiently move without thinking about it but I guarantee you that the game does not slow down for them.

Which goes back to the point of this topic also relates to how an individual athlete is wired.

At 11/16/07, 1:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

bad example maybe this is better.

so those athlete you speak of sound advanced.

The expert point' is one that knows how to manage parts in a particular environment and knows where those moving parts belong, if something is out of place, they see it before it happens

they know where things are going before they get there, they can almost count the seconds right to the action.

How an individual athlete is wired is relative to the athlete i would say with different variables and the closer we understand how to get them to expert' the better for them.


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