IF YOU SEE THE FOLLOWING YOU ARE NOT VIEWING A QUALITY PRACTICE
Brent S. Rushall, personal notes, 1996.
- Activities that lack specific relevance to the sport being played (e.g., cycling for rowing).
- Activities not being practiced in blocks or repetitions with feedback.
- Activities that are potentially harmful (e.g., exceptionally exhausting activities to build "character").
- Activities that eliminate athletes (e.g., reserves sitting out activity to the point of "cooling down").
- Athletes being used as targets (e.g., tackling objects) or subjected to potential injurious activities (e.g., carried about as loads for resistance activities).
- Athletes in long lines waiting for a turn (e.g., too few pieces of equipment for too many people).
- Athletes being inactive for long periods (e.g., time wasted when something better could be done).
- Athletes running/swimming/etc, laps without purpose, enjoyment, achievement, or creativity.
- Athletes selecting teams.
- Elite athletes dominating activities.
- Coaches being negative models for the sport's activity (e.g., inappropriate dress, lack of physical demonstration or participation).
- Coaches lecturing excessively.
- Coaches acting like 'drill sergeants.'
- Fitness activities used as punishments.
- Fitness or skill assessment not based on personal improvements.
- Calisthenics or exercises without specific purposes and/or for lengthy periods.
- Gender directed comments and activities.
- Excessive competition.
- Full-sided scrimmages.
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