Tuesday 21 November 2017

Effective coaching is the answer.

Bin Muhammad Ridzuan Hazi Hasnul Hazi (2017 Tekken 7 World Champion) with SA's Alasdair Donaldson.

Reviewing the performance of South Africa's BOO! Protea Esports Team at IeSF's 9th World Championships - Busan, it is clear that Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) is doing many things right in terms of team selection and promoting general competitiveness.

If  MSSA were not doing things right, South Africa would not be currently ranked 12th in the world.

However, like all other sports, it takes hard work to maintain a ranking, and even harder work to improve upon it.

The answer to improve upon South Africa's current position is to improve the level of coaching in South Africa.

While still in Busan, Alasdair Donaldson, Brandon Fester, and Ryan van Schalkwyk all mentioned that the standard of coaching in South Africa could do with a lot of improvement.A lot of esports athletes train for long hours, whereas they such athletes may actually training too much. There may be more efficient ways to learn and develop.

Coaches must be able to take into account mental aspects of esport like preparedness to train and fatigue, and how to manage both.

It may be wise for coaches to apply the traditional sports model to esports as both a performance and business model.

Effective coaching will lead to effective training which will have the knock-on effect will be that the competition level will increase, and if that happens, it would stand to reason that South Africa's performance on the international stage would also improve.

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