Rote Learning — Killer of Creativity in Youth Sports

Nabil Murad
1 min readMar 7, 2023

Do you want your players to achieve their maximum potential? If the answer is yes, read on. Your insistent need to use rote learning strategies as part of your practice is holding them back.

Playing the Piano

Imagine a child who has learned to play a song on the piano by simply memorising the notes and the order in which to play them. While this may help them perform the song flawlessly, it does not give them the ability to adapt to different pieces of music or to play by ear.

In contrast, a child who has been taught to understand the underlying theory of music and how different notes and chords work together can adapt to new pieces of music and even create their own compositions. They have a deeper understanding of the instrument and the music itself, which allows them to be more creative and adaptable.

Adapting to the Game

The same concept applies to sports. Players who have only been taught to memorise plays or specific moves may struggle to adapt to different situations on the court or field. However, players who have a deeper understanding of the game and the skills involved can adapt to situations seamlessly on the fly.

By incorporating a more comprehensive approach, you can help young athletes reach their full potential both on and off the court. Break free from the limitations of rote learning and embrace a more holistic approach to youth sports.



Nabil Murad

Full time professional youth basketball with an avid interest in meta-learning. Passionate about youth development, behavioural psychology and storytelling