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November 12, 2020

Differentiation in the children's handball – "Go!" or "No go!"?

I've played handball in the toughest leagues in the world. I am captain of the club skjern in Denmark and norway's national team. Yet I feel far from finished as a children's coach.

I'm going to gobble up all the articles about children's sports. I try to keep an open mind when I hear others discuss training methods, children's sports and educational development. I'm happy to discuss with and think that this will help make me an even better children's coach.

Learn Handball wants to discuss children's sports with you! This is one of the most interesting things we do. We want to acquire more expertise on handball and children's sports in particular.

Join the journey!

Learn Handball will dive into specific themes and take you on the journey. You will receive research articles, few assignments and other exciting reading. I claim that the more you immerse yourself and involve yourself, the better the children's coach you will be.

This month we will address the sport's most comprehensive theme, namely differentiation. It is so challenging that neither the Norwegian Sports Federation (NIF), the Norwegian Handball Federation (NHF) nor the Danish Handball Federation (DHF) have a clear definition of differentiation. This doesn't mean they don't have guidelines on the topic – they have many!

I've spoken to resources within all three organizations and got a lot of exciting information I'm going to share with you this month.

Task – think about this

But before you get more information, I want you to solve the following task: Create your own definition of the word differentiation. Feel free to discuss it with your coaching team.

Some inspiration:

Different meanings of differentiation in the football world:

https://www.fotball.no/barn-og-ungdom/verdier-og-virkemidler/2016/hva-differensiering-er-og-ikke-er/

Topping or width? What does the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NIH) say?

https://blogg.forskning.no/nih-bloggen/bredde-er-topp/1103876

We look forward to discussing more about differentiation next week.

Handball greeting from Bjarte Myrhol


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