Scanning Frequency Determines Speed of Play
Research shows most untrained coaches, players, referees and spectators:
The same studies found a very small number of individuals who have learned to:
Individuals who learn to scan up to 600% more often collect more information faster leading to higher quality, more accurate and faster decisions and play. When combined with peripheral vision and visual memory training the best players develop a sense of what is going to happen, often before it happens.
Scanning Frequency Menu
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★ Recreational Member Content
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Most activities work on more than one vision skill
Online & at Home Exercises
★ Eye Muscle Training Exercises
★ Eye Rotation Exercises
★ Two Screen Exercise
★ Vision Rod Exercise
★ To and From Exercise
★ Stop & Go SSG Exercises
★ Baseline Scan Rate Evaluation
★ Index Finger Exercise
★ Crossing at a Jog
★ Peripheral Color Exercise
★ Crossing at a Dribble
★ Small Game Scanning
★ Crossing Takeovers
Visual Comparison of Scan Rate Frequency and Duration
Untrained 4 Scans a Minute
Scanning Up To 600% More Often a Minute
Bibliography: "Visual Search Strategies in Experienced and Inexperienced Soccer Players"
Objectives of Scan Rate Training
Learning to use peripheral vision and to more frequently scan the field for information on teammates, opponents open spaces and movement provides more and higher quality information for better anticipation and faster decisions in sports.
The goals of improving scan rate are to train coaches, players and even referees to:
The minimum goal for scan rate training is to double the scan rate found in your beginning of the season baseline scan rate evaluation.
Scan Rate Training Progression
The following progression, used in the spring, 2016, improved the scan rate of youth players ages 9 and 10 by between 225% and over 350%.
Why Seeing More May Not Make You Faster
Scanning more frequently dramatically increases the amount of data available to make decisions, but making faster and making higher quality decisions is not automatic. Faster decisions depend on other vision skills and the player's understanding of the game. For example:
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Scan rate improvement in games varies by the player's developmental maturity, not chronological age, and benefits from an improved understanding of the game and positive encouragement.
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Baseline and Periodic Evaluations - Game based evaluations of each players scan rate and decision making in competitive games.
Eye Muscle & Teaming Exercises - Peripheral eye movement muscle and eye teaming (coordination) exercises develop a player's eyes so that they can scan more effectively and frequently for teammates, opponents and open spaces. At home exercises for 10 minutes a day.?
Level 2 Scan Rate Training
Online Movement Exercises - Online exercises that train players to scan up to 433% more often to see where their teammates, opponents and open spaces are in games. At home exercises for 10 minutes a day.
To and From Scanning Games - Scanning game for players to play on their way to and from their soccer practices and other activities. Game is played on player's own time.
Scanning While in Possession - In possession practice game to teach scanning while in possession and dribbling with special emphasis on possession with the chin up, scanning out of the top of the eyes to see teammates, opponents and spaces, while alternately scanning out of the bottom of the eyes to see the ball. In practice game for 10 to 12 minutes a week. Play more often for faster learning.
Level 3 Scan Rate Training
Online SSG Scanning - Recent studies document watching high level small sided games is very effective in improving a players ability to read games, scan and make decisions. At home exercises for 10 minutes a day.
Restart Scanning Practice Game - In practice games that use bright colored scrimmage vests and audio cues that teach players a faster scan rate while identifying teammates, opponents and spaces. Practice game for 10-12 minutes of practice time a week. Play more often for faster learning.
Match Scanning Practice Game - In practice games that use bright colored scrimmage vests and audio cues that teach players a faster scan rate while identifying teammates, opponents and spaces. Practice game for 10-12 minutes of practice time a week. Play more often for faster learning.
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Edited and Published 1 April 2018