Sports coaching has always had a dilemma. Is its aim to achieve Stakhanovite efficiency and maximise chance of victory through the elimination of error? Winning ugly. Or is it about creativity and enterprise? The latter brings with it risk, and inevitable error, and sometimes these lead to defeat. Winning beautifully? But risking losing carelessly.
The truth is that efficiency and adventure are inextricably related. High performance is a product of both, but to differing degrees. Perhaps the formula might be:
Performance = Efficiency x Adventure
The significance is in the relationship. These commodities do not add together. They multiply. This means three things. Firstly, there is the capacity to favour one above the other. Secondly, the really high performances come from high levels of both. But finally, if the level of either dimension is nil, then...