Ed Robinson talks about his coaching role in the 2018 Sky Sports Rugby try of the year MORE
A better decision maker selects the right skill at the right time more often. That’s not always an easy task to coach. While you might give the players plenty of skills, choosing the best skill requires a huge amount of judgement in often very dynamic circumstances.
There are plenty of approaches to coaching better decision making. One particularly exciting series of approaches comes from Ed Robinson. Listen to his inspirational podcast, It’s just rugby players making rugby decisions where he describes some of the methods he uses in his role as attack coach with Jersey RFC. It includes how they scored the 2018 Sky Sports try of the year.
Part of the process of your role is to set up scenarios. For example, you could use the Channel game: decision-making under fatigue conditions.
For a more physical situation, Decisions in the contact area has players continually assessing the defence to see how they can find ways to breakthrough.
Decision making is not just about attacking. Work on your team’s defensive roles around the ruck area, and in particular how the second defender decides which attacker to cover. Do this with the activity called B defender decisions.
Like other disciplines, rugby has a jargon of its own. Unless the meanings are explained they can be meaning-less. That's why I've explained them in plain, simple English and with large, clear illustrations in my manual Rugby Tactics Made Simple. But not only that, you'll learn how to coach the tactics with my tips. If you’re new to coaching or prefer a more simple style this is a great, straightforward introduction to rugby tactics. "It highlights the key fundamentals of all aspects of play & gives coaches a good understanding of terminology and techniques at the highest level" - Richard Whiffin, assistant coach at London Irish MORE
Anxious about coaching rugby to children? Maybe you're already coaching, but sometimes struggling to get your points across at training? Perhaps you sometimes simply run out of preparation time? Possibly you're feeling your sessions are getting dull? Do you want a few new skills to boost your player's skills now? Or to help your players develop the techniques for seasons ahead? Maybe even the core skills for their whole rugby playing career? Here's the answer... MORE