This is where it gets really interesting – can the participants solve movement-problems? Inspired from sports like climbing we can set a challenge or route with certain given rules but not with a clear solution and then ask the participants to solve it.
SO How can we set these “movement problems”? Well first choose the obstacles – or maybe only one. Then set the rules – they could be one or more of the following combined – done solo, in couples or groups of more participants:
– Don’t touch the ground (you can have 1,2 or 3 lives maybe).
– Eyes closed.
– No jumps.
– Everyone must go through.
– One has to be transported passively, carried by the others.
– A target must be hit with stones or something during the course.
When the challenge is set ask yourself:
– Is it safe?
– Is it fun?
– Do the participants learn something?
COACHING KEY POINTS
– Often the learning goals are specific and clear to coach for you and the participants have a clear idea of what is the expected movement outcome. In this case you MUST hold back and not give the solution(s).
– If a participant is quick to solve the challenges – ask her/him to hold back and let others try also.
– Only stop things that are unsafe or if they are stuck with a problem for long.
– Have many challenges ready and be ready to scale them according to the group.
You are more of a guide/facilitator than a teacher in an original master-participant setting
SPORTS SKILLS OUTCOME
– How it targets physically is very dependent on what kind of challenge you set.
– Preparedness, ready to act on what happens without a plan.
– Control, often these challenges demand a lot of physical stability and balance.
– Focus, a skill that can also be transferred to many other situations.
LIFE SKILLS OUTCOME
– Creative thinking: Solving the problems demands that you think creatively.
– Team-work: Cooperation with peers.
– Effective communication: group members have to communicate effectively to solve tile problems
– Empathy: Patience and openness towards others. Seeing the problem from others’ perspective