I am learning a lot about squash coaching from your writings. I would like
to know the 50 requirements of squash, can you please email me the ones
David Jarvis, 27-Nov-2003.
This is an excellent question practically impossible to answer without
producing the Measurement and Evaluation Charts, but I shall do my best to
assist you and all of the other readers who visit this site. On that point
I am amazed to note that over 1000 hits a month is constantly occurring,
so you deserve a proper detailed response, difficult though this may be.
Again note that these programs are relevant to ALL Sports.
The number of "fifty" requirements of Squash or indeed many other sports,
relates to the Psychological profiling of each individual. There
are fifty items that we test on each individual to obtain what we term a
For example, Positive Self Control , Discipline, Motivation, Direction,
Control, Confidence, Determination, Self Image, Self Esteem, Self Concept,
Self Ideal, Expectations, Belief, Freedom from Fear, Anger and Guilt,
Peace of Mind, Persistence, Perseverance, Adversity, Criticism, Trust,
Responsibility, Desire to Change, Creativity, Knowledge,
Conscientiousness, Reliability, are some of these factors which we test on
a monthly basis.
This is simply only one Tool that we use from our numerous Tools
and Resources, and is purely another Guide to achieve success in your
Sport. It is not the "fifty requirements of Squash" as you have stated.
We then give each item points out of ten, and work on those where
your score is the lowest, say a 1 or a 2, and we utilise a particular
"Resource" to improve that situation. Say that it is loss of Control or
Concentration. We institute a program to improve control and
Concentration. We can work on say four items at the one time. When we
improve on those areas, and reach say a 4 out of 10, then we continue the
Control and Concentration exercises, but add on others where the score was
only 3, say Motivation or Direction. We continue to use all of our
"Resources", until the scores are 9 or above.
Perfection is 10 in each discipline and is impossible to achieve on a
regular basis. Note carefully that these programs are only successful for
Elite Athletes and take years to master. In the case of David and Johnny
it took five years until it all clicked into place, but look at the
Each sport has different major areas of Measurement and Evaluation.
A high jumpers requirements differs dramatically from those of a Rugby
player, and indeed a Rugby players requirements differ in the positional
play. A Forward requires different training to a Back. A Squash Player
requires different "Resources" to a Tennis Player. Hopefully you will now
understand the dilemma in answering your question. If you refer to other
Coaching Articles you will note that 98% of Elite players fail to achieve
their full potential whatever that may be.
The reason as I have pointed out before is that the Coaches and Athletes
don't know WHAT to do, don't know HOW to do it, don't HAVE these all
important Resources, or don't want to change and don't WANT to do it.
Your question relates to only one of these all important "Resources".
There are many others, some of which are on site. S.W.O.T. Analysis, Bell
Graph, Self Contracts , Circular Pattern Charts, Goal Achievement Charts,
Training Wheel, Assessment Charts, Measurement and Evaluation Charts,
Affirmation Cards, Self Hypnosis, etc.
The Resources determines the success or failure to obtain your full
potential. It is all a matter of Choice not of Talent nor Ability. Choose
from these Resources and utilise those that you consider will benefit
yourself and your pupils. Investigate, analyse, and obtain information
from similar material to mine from various web sites, to better understand
the requirements of your sport.
As stated there are not "fifty requirements", but there are
four areas, Psychological, Physiological, Tactical and Technical
to investigate. Then obtain all of the Resources as I have enumerated, or
as many as possible and get an "Understanding of the Task", and Measure
and Evaluate all results.
If you can't measure it - you can't understand it. If you can't
understand it -you can't control it. If you can't control it - you can't
I trust that this assists you in "Understanding" the requirements, and
that I have explained the complexity to your satisfaction, thereby
assisting you. I wish you well.
If you can't measure it -
you can't understand it.
If you can't understand it -
If you can't
control it -