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
In the busy preparation for the season, core skills training plays a vital part in building better outcomes under pressure. Rugby Coach Weekly has a strong focus on this area, with expert analysis and sessions to improve players at all levels. MORE
Getting ready for training needs players to get their bodies and minds in tune. Play lots of games to motivate and engage the players. Then break out into skills zones where your players can start to concentrate on the details. Here are four warm-up skills activities which can be mixed into your training routines, all from our growing video archive. MORE
Technically better tacklers are also safer tacklers. Develop tackling expertise with these exercises – they are ideal for pre-season training and are also great as revision tools as the season progresses. You will note that they include plenty of footwork, which is an essential part of the process of improvement. We will start with 4... MORE
The Super Rugby final last weekend between NZ side, the Crusaders and the Jaguares from Argentina was brutal! The contact area was keenly fought, and the players with the best technique and decision making prospered. In the end, we got to see Scott "Razor" Robertson, the Crusader coach, celebrate with his iconic dancing. However, the detail that goes into winning rucks was a crucial part of the reason that they won. MORE
The best coaches earn their corn by improving their players' skills under pressure. Let's focus on handling, and how we can provide different opportunities for players to learn, enjoy and explore. MORE
The scrum still presents the most potent attacking platform since it ties in nine defenders in a small area. Here are four tactics, plays and activities to develop different attacking options from the various scenarios a scrum presents. MORE