Will more than one world-class winning team in a competitive, physical sport remove rote repetition from their training in favor of an ecological approach to training by 2042?

Ecological approaches to training include 'differential learning', 'constraints-led approach', 'repetition without repetition', and setting up little games with resistance as opposed to drilling motions repetitively.

Confirmation from interviews with coaches, athletes, and/or records of their training methods will count toward resolving this question.

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My guess is that rote repetition isn't going to be removed, just supplemented, but idk

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@jacksonpolack I assume that for the majority of teams, but also think more than one GOAT in a sport is going to come along from a team that has done away with it.

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The Boston Red Sox have hired Rob Gray as their 'Skill Acquisitions Coach'.

Given that Rob Gray (https://perceptionaction.com/resources/) is the researcher that many coaches using the Ecological Approach have gathered around, it's safe to say that Gray is not encouraging the Red Sox to use static or queue-like drilling.

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Greg Souders of Standard Jiu-Jitsu has suggested that Penn State's wrestling team under Cael Sanderson has moved to something like an ecological approach, away from static drills.

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@RayDoraisamy While Sanderson has not confirmed this, will be monitoring them to see if more information comes up.

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@RayDoraisamy There are some juicy hints in this video, such as, "give them the freedom to experiment and learn themselves", but nothing definitive yet. https://youtu.be/W89RVEG3EIY?si=4SJfOcirWlyHn8ZI

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@RayDoraisamy Bo Nickal (MMA, former Penn State wrestler) has suggested that the drilling/live practice ratio was specific to each individual on the team when he was on the team, with a strong emphasis on live practice (less drilling).

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One coach (John Danaher) of a BJJ team that has fielded several world-class (ADCC for Submission Grappling) has suggested that they've done this.


"We go into the gym, pick a move, and practice it for a certain number of repetitions, and if I do that, I'm going to get better at the technique. They're wrong. The majority of what passes for training in most training halls will not make you better."

Awaiting more evidence before counting it in favor.

There will be many world class sports teams will there be from now till 2042