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Developing Kid's Tactical Awareness by Understanding the Hard-Easy Effect

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  • We naturally overestimate our ability to perform difficult tasks and underestimate our ability to perform easy tasks due to the hard-easy effect
  • It’s important to consider this when developing kids' tactical awareness in sport


It was a simple experiment that explored tennis players’ estimates of their ability to hit tennis serves into target areas. Every player had 10 serves at each of two target areas. One was a difficult target area which players hit successfully about 2 out of every 10 serves. The other was a large target with about 7 of 10 serves landing successfully. Each player predicted how many they would make into each area before they served. This resulted in players generally overestimating their ability to hit the difficult target but underestimating their ability to make the easy target. Why did this happen? They fell victim to the hard-easy effect.


  Published on Friday, 05 August 2011 05:56
 
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Anthony Ross is a noted Sports Psychologist, a member of the Australian Psychological Society and a level 2 tennis coach with Tennis Australia. He is a regular contributor to skillforkids.com and still enjoys playing in tennis competitions – even when he loses.