the blind spot: why rote learning is still the go-to for coaches

Nabil Murad
1 min readMar 8


coaches are often under pressure to deliver results. Therefore, they are likely to turn to a known teaching strategy to help them get results.

here are five reasons why coaches still cling to rote learning:

perceived improvements

rote learning can produce perceived improvements in the short term.

conforming to norms

coaches may feel pressure to conform to traditional teaching methods, especially if they are new or lack confidence in their own abilities.

loss aversion

coaches are less likely to explore alternative teaching methods that aren’t widely accepted, especially in high-pressure environments.

blind spots bias

coaches may be more likely to use rote learning if it’s how they were taught or how they learned to coach, even if it is not the most effective method for their players.

lack of knowledge

we don’t know what we don’t know. volunteer coaches may not have the time and resources to research various teaching methodologies, therefore they turn to the most simple and commonly accepted one.



Nabil Murad

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