Having children actively engage in the analysis is always a good idea. Rather than just watching a game for entertainment purposes, although there is nothing wrong with that. Getting them mentally engaged, “Watch With a Purpose” develops their understanding.
I might add one more thing for those players who are a little more experienced. Looking at outcomes is worthwhile, but taking it to the next level by looking for causal factors.
Example: If a pass was not completed, what were the causal factors, or WHY.
Was the passer under pressure, did the receiving player not come to the ball, etc.?
They can learn a lot by attempting to understand the whys of mistakes.
They can learn a lot about what not to do and what to do.
They can then model their skills after successes and understand what can contribute to mistakes being made.
As a coach, I could not correct or help improve until I knew what was causing the problem. That improved my observation skills and, ultimately, my coaching.
Food for thought..!
Rich Jablonski –added the following “Food for Thought”…
“I am a great believer in the benefits of viewing high-level games on TV. Two things not mentioned — the opportunity to watch great players off the ball and lessons learned by listening to great color commentators. You can learn a lot listening to Jim Beglin.“