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 coaching, there’s a time to tell and a time to ask. Both are powerful ways to help players understand their roles and responsibilities, as well as give them opportunities to learn. I asked one of our expert grassroots coaches, Ian “Didds” Diddams, to come up with the essential questions to use with yout players,... MORE
The Sky Sports try of 2018 was scored by Jersey Reds in their English Championship game against London Irish. Their attack coach Ed Robinson gave me some amazing insights into how the try was crafted, including nuggets you probably won't pick up from just watching the clip. MORE
Ruck pads, also known as tackle shields, provide a soft landing for shoulders (and heads sometimes) when practising rucking. They are not an alternative to rucking practice. Instead, they should help players to concentrate on details that they can apply to a bone-on-bone practice later in the session. MORE
I love using this exercise as part of the warm up. There's not much running, meaning lots of opportunities for plenty of low-level repetitions of the same "drill" but with different small outcomes. MORE