EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Parent stations: Overtakers

in Mini tag

Use parent stations to allow you to run lots of activities with a parent overseeing each activity. It requires one parent, minimal setup and minimal instructions. Each station runs for two to three minutes before the players move to another station. MORE

Parent stations: Now you see me

in Mini tag

Use parent stations to allow you to run lots of activities with a parent overseeing each activity. It requires one parent, minimal setup and minimal instructions. Each station runs for two to three minutes before the players move to another station. MORE

Brutally honest and why that makes sense

in Rugby Coach Weekly with Dan Cottrell

Dan chats to Jacob Ford about his remarkable journey to becoming  Bury St Edmonds RFC and Ipswich School's director of rugby at the age of just 23. The topics covered included: The best way to speak to players to allow them to grow What makes the players respect a coach What efficiency in training and a game looks like Being mentored by your dad (Mike Ford, former England and Bath coach) The differences and similarities between coaching professional players and school players Should bench players get paid the same as the starters Working with players who are older than you Developing a style of play that suits your team Can a coach make excuses for a poor performance MORE

When to use direct instruction

in Rugby coaching

We all instruct as coaches at some stage of a training session. However, direct instruction is either overused or, in reverse, underappreciated. Here’s a guide on why and when to use it. MORE

Pods attack

in Attack, Rugby drills

Create attacking shape, where forwards understand where they are supposed to run to support the next phase of play. The groups of forwards are called pods and need to work together. MORE

Get deep! Get deep!

in Attack

“Get deep!” is a common call to get the backline to be in a position to run onto the ball. One way is to ask the players whether they can see the number on the back of the inside player. How can you create better scenarios though? You can create scenarios where the players must run into position and then react. That’s because the game is dynamic – rucks and/or mauls happen at different speeds.  MORE

Small group overlap challenges

in Attack, Rugby drills

Should an attack be successful at a 2 v 1 every time? At the top level, most of the time you would have thought, yet you would be surprised how often they fail. Add in another attacker and defender, or even two attackers and one defender, and that ratio of success drops very quickly. But it is still a golden opportunity to make ground and even score. So, you need to increase the success rate, and you do this by creating as many scenarios as you can. MORE

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