Plenty of practice and empty heads – Part 9: The place of the sauce in high-performance sport

David Stiff analyses Craig Dodson’s career-best innings and in doing so helps entrench the place of a night on the sauce in heightened performance. [Love it – JTH]

Plenty of practice and empty heads- Part 8: 8…2%ers

The small acts in sport, the so called 1%ers, don’t often make the highlights package but highlight packages cannot exist without them. David Stiff discusses the importance of these acts as he continues his excellent series of articles related to the psychology of the development and implementation of skills in sports.

Plenty of practice and empty heads – Part 7: Intuition in sport

To David Stiff, intuition is the evaluation of voluminous data points that lead to a resolution or course of action within the field of play. He examines the issue in this excellent article.

Plenty of practice and empty heads – Part 6: Winning the race to lose.

David stiff looks at some ways to win and applies his thesis to the 2018 AFL Grand Final which he says was a one for the ages.

Plenty of practice and empty heads – Part 5: Zen magpies and the game as a fail state.

David Stiff considers the fail state which may have a place in the 2018 AFL Grand Final.

Plenty of practice and empty heads – Part 4: The coach as a secure base.

“The game teaches the game,” says David Stiff in Part 4 of his series on thinking about sport. The coach provides a secure base. The Tigers are free to play – that is, to play playfully. The fascinating thing about Friday’s match is that the Pies enjoy the same freedom. So what happens?

Plenty of practice and empty heads – Part 3: Simplicity and a secure base.

David Stiff addresses the notion of simplicity in establishing a secure base by which athletes can map and explore their craft. He also challenges the value of statistics generally and their role in that secure base.

Plenty of practice and empty heads – Part 2: Freedom, simplicity and a secure base

In his second piece for the Almanac, David Stiff invites athletes (sportspeople) to ‘listen to the game’. His notion of freedom and simplicity and their significance will resonate with close observers of sport (and the Geelong Football Club).

Plenty of practice and empty heads – Part 1: The game as information.

It’s terrific to welcome former NBL basketballer and philosopher-sportsman David Stiff to the Almanac. In his debut piece he looks at ‘the game’ as information. [I think we’re going to enjoy this mix of experience, theory, and fresh thought – JTH.]