The more you can replicate game situations, the more players can transfer their techniques and skills. Here are four scenarios where the players have to make lots of decisions.
We start with a podcast, where, with Chris Sweetapple, we talk through an activity from the Rugby Coach Weekly website. In How to run the Defence zone activity, we look at all the different ways you could develop the session, depending on your players’ skills and your own experience levels.
For younger players, the Drive, recycle, support activity aims to disrupt the players so they have to rethink their positioning to support a ball carrier. Of course, it works very well with older players too.
In the VIDEO: Double duel 1 v 1+1 (crowd-coaching), I use the power of your feedback to create an attack/defence scenario. I put together an idea, which I sent out to various coaches. Here are their comments and thoughts for further developments.
Finally, why not set up some Scenario training for decision making. You create some situations and see how the players solve the problems. There’s more than one way, so it’s a great chance to stand back and empower the players to come up with their own tactics.
Talking with experienced grassroots coach Chris Sweetapple, we look at a recent session he's run using a Rugby Coach Weekly activity. This episode is about "defence zone" which was the game activity as part of the practice plan, Standing in the tackle. MORE
There’s no point fixing defenders unless the support is there to take the pass. So use this drill to help players draw and pass after they’ve won a ruck – it will teach them to get back into the game quickly. This activity will develop your players’ match-time appreciation as they get back into the... MORE
In this activity, the attacker aims to manipulate the defence, beating the ruck pad holder, then the next defender. The defender has a good chance to tackle the attacker, who should be off-balance. MORE
With no training sessions in lockdown, our on-going interactions with our players is different. We can still invest in our players, building their confidence, understanding and belong. Here are some simple, quick ideas. MORE
We are all frustrated that we can't be outside coaching at the moment. While there are more serious concerns in the world, coaching our sport still has a role to play in helping maintain good spirits and giving us all a focus for the future. Of course, we haven't stopped coaching. Everyone I've spoken to has, in some way, been in touch with their players and other stakeholders. In this newsletter, I'm going to give you some fuel for your own personal coaching well-being. MORE
Right...let's get a grip. We encourage our players to be resilient, positive and look forward, not back. We now to do that ourselves and then communicate that energy to our players. What can we do to plan, prepare and develop ourselves? MORE
Wales scored a magnificent try against England, executing FOUR "2 v 1" situations in quick succession to score a try that started inside their own 22m area. Two attackers against one defender is a classic decision-making training scenario. There are lots of different ways to set it up. Here are four activities which ensure that there are plenty of variations to keep the players focused on using accurate skills under pressure. MORE