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"One-two, give-and-go, pass the ball and make a run towards the possibility of receiving it again in a new position. This is a method for coordinating the movement of two people to move a third object past opposing players and up the field. Ball players of all kinds know the drill. Three things are necessary to run a one-two: the ability to control the ball in whatever position you find yourself; the ability to move in such a way that your teammate can return the ball to you; and the ability to read the movement of the person you are passing to. So, the run dictates the pass. And the pass dictates the run. It must be both. When you train this way what you are training is empathy, the ability to read someone’s (sometimes many someones’) tells. Our bodies are always telling stories about us, with and without our awareness and direction. One thing that sets great players apart is their ability to read closely quickly, anticipating the thoughts and movements that other players are telegraphing, responding in the instant. In these moments, they know you better than you know yourself. They feel what you are going to feel next. They attune themselves and time their own actions accordingly. A second thing that sets great players apart is their ability to use their bodies’ to tell you the specific story they want. They telegraph truths to their teammates and sell stories to their opponents and referees. A one-two is one kind of collaboration. It rests on communication. It is a deeply human enterprise."

One-Two: John Dieterich and Carlin WIng

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