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Three guiding principles to lead us to the gold in a games based approach. We begin with acknowledging the importance of skill adaptation. Common practice focuses on the acquiring of skill or skill acquisition, which is mentioned that some interpret as ‘breaking down skill into isolated repetitive practices’, without actually acknowledging that skill includes perception and action is coupled. That is praised act according to what opportunities are presented. What information around them drives them to move? If it’s a coach’s voice rather than game information such as opposition goals, direction and space… these things are what influences their actions. Then what are we actually offering our players other than a misrepresentation of what skill is? Whilst also having them miss out on all the other important interactions and dynamics and information that a game affords. Without wanting to go into a games vs drills the debate, what if we actually altered our focus towards skill adaptation rather than acquisition? We might at least find some common ground in agreeing that skill needs to be able to adapt to all the variabilities, whether that’s surface, equipment, a game situation in the moment, being able to adapt to your own teammates in the opposition. That’s what we often neglect in pursuit of repetition of techniques and movement patterns when what we act what is actually important to hold dear, is to provide for our players variability.