1. Thanks for the feedback. We call no fouls in practice. This establishes a competitive mindset and maximizes time-on-task by not having to slow down for things like fouls and out of bounds. Common sense is the prevailing theme. If you know it will be 100% a foul in a game then it makes no sense to do it in a practice. That is what the “phrase don’t get grab the head” means. It is a reference to common sense and I should have explained that better. I feel it is very important for coaches to decide (and communicate the decision) when they are running development drills and when running competitive drills. This is a competitive drill. This is because a coach needs to prepare their team to face the toughest possible challenges and situations (if a team’s own coach does not provide its biggest challenge, then an opposing coach and team will do it). So we do a lot of competitive drills where there is physicality and competition. If you expect physical play in games (especially as the season draws to a championship) then there need to be physical play in regular practices, therefore encourage lots of contact and competitive. By the way this philosophy clearly needs to be age appropriate but at all levels I have coached I have approached this drill and a competitive philosophy the same way.

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