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I'm intrigued: what exactly does the "T-Ball Zulu 5000" entail? Can we expect to see it in action on the training pitches of Portugal this summer?


T-Ball Zulu 5000, whilst simple to play, takes a little physical demonstration to describe.
However, it is based on 'T-Ball' which involves a full sized pitch (or any large area) with players in teams of three. With five or six teams, place five or six cones around the pitch, and teams score by passing the ball to knock over a cone. Like "world cup" teams score two goals to progress to the next round, until there's only two teams left in a final.
It's a really good way to encourage movement, mixing pace, and accurate passing. It's dead fun too.


So all the teams compete against each other a la 'knockout wembley' (which I think is what you mean by world cup)?

William Butterfield

Good points. The question to ask with intellectual property rights is "If this were not protected, would it have been thought of and put to use anyway?" If the answer is "yes," then why protect the idea since monopoly privledges are costly.

I think a major difference between the production of coaching techniques and music is that the inventor of the former seeks to protect the ideas and sell them exclusively, whereas the inventor of the latter almost always seeks greater dissimination. Probably gives greater weight to protecting coaching techniques over music using the above rule. But the former (to my knowledge at least) has not been attempted to be patented...


I'd say that the whole point is that digital technology is making the music industry more like the coaching one, thereby the governance structure should alter to reflect this.

Coaching is governed by norms, not the market.

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