The ‘little magician’ they called him, this Trinbagonian ‘midget midfielder’ who created plays using his smarts in midfield; Russell Latapy. And now he is serving the game as a coach to the Trinidad and Tobago U20 Footballers. Could that be why? why there might be an expectation of …
Sports Producing Actually Magicians!
All of the young men in the U20 T&T Team must have had that desire and include some sort of self-discipline for the players to reach this level https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gS8h-Z42-4A
And well after THE LOSS of the game to the USA and watching their chances move away for the bid for another Worldcup, the ‘magician’ coach commented on how goal 6, could have been avoided, with a little more wit from the guys in midfield https://wired868.com/2018/11/06/latapy-usa-were-too-much-for-underprepared-tt-team-but-its-a-learning-experience/ so we already know that there is no way for this ‘magician mid-fielder coach’ to transfer his ‘magic’ to all his players for them to do the same in midfield. Of course, because each player brings their own uniques skill and traits.
But seems T&T is calling for a different sort of magic???
We have heard that the ‘family that prays together, stays together’… well what about the team that plays together stays together …
Sports Performance …
includes skill and talent [x]
includes internal motivation [ x]
includes autonomy (some measure of control)
includes personal accountability, assertiveness, sensitivity to feedback (which the coach reports his players as having),
includes the ability to stress manage or control the tension
Now when a coach claims a team in underprepared and not of the team’s doing, what kind of Sports Psychology is taking place there?
- It means the external environment is decreasing internal motivation
- It means the structure around the players is reducing competence and confidence
- It means the physical, financial and other resources are frustrating resourcefulness
It means that the sporting players are actual magicians if they can overcome that all on an ongoing basis and outperform teams who have and are making use of the support and resources around, like having 5 camps to support performance in a game!
Yet when a journalist laid blame at the feet of a League not waiving registration fees to allow the team to play and thus improve skills … the general focus went to
blaming who? … but the bigger point is/was/remains…
countries with serious sports producing actual magic…
find ways to put things in place to support players in developing their skills and preparing for games/leagues/tournaments
seems though the sort of magic that might be the focus for the T&T players is that kind where we say…
abra cadarba and find things appear from nothing!
It has not happened! It would not happen…because
sports produces practicals …. real day to day things that must be attended to and implemented to support the players and the game beyond mouth praise and tongue-lashing criticisms
and makes magic …. when sportspersons and systems, systems beyond getting a coach, work together to produce desired performances
;;;;;;;;; so seems it is and would be a tough carry=on for T&T players as long as the mindset remains ah come on, please… go out there and
Start Producing Actual MAGIC!