EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Improve the way you coach to get more from what you coach

The way we coach is an important as what we coach. The most compelling messages are not just content-driven. They matter to the recipient.

So, while we can fret about the latest techniques for catch-and-pass, tackling or rucking, we also have to engage our players, and keep them coming back for more.

For the youngest players, this is best done through games. With limited concentration spans, learning points within a match-context allow them to “see it” in the moment, and then do it immediately afterwards. See how I do this in Teaching young players the basics within a game.

Young players are also famously very chatty until the whistle blows for a game. Use our Three ways to get them communicating which will encourage more rugby-related talk. It also includes a fun game called Monkey Banana.

Sessions themselves need careful organisation so they flow. Nothing breaks the flow more than having to spend time dividing up the players into manageable groups or teams for breakout games. We have 4 simple tips for quicker splits to alleviate that problem.

Finally, you might find that one player needs special attention. Perhaps, it might even be a chance to work with your own son or daughter. In which case, our Five top tips on how to coach one-to-one will be ideal for your needs.

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