EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Make players better decision makers all over the field

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.

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