EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Putting the plan into action

Let’s think how we can put this into our own training situations.

Arrange training around performance problems. You don’t have to have played a game and got something wrong first, there are a number of common performance problems in rugby.

For example:

  1. How to maintain possession.
  2. How to contest for possession.
  3. How to create space.
  4. How to hold space once you have it.

In general, when learning the dynamics of the problem it can be dealt with from an explicit/declarative knowledge point of view before transitioning to DEFICIT activity where the specific cues and dynamics can be re-enforced.

The explicit knowledge part needs us to introduce a new concept. For example, what is meant by a “dead ruck”, or “attack under the chest”.

Once that is understood, we help the players know when to use and why it is being used.

As shared understanding increases, the practice situations become more challenging.

When revisiting a previously taught problem, it may not be necessary to practise in DEFICIT. Instead, provide a simple reminder of principles before MATCHED or SURPLUS training may be sufficient.

Here’s a template for Motley Crew.

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