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Four low-impact tackling ideas for return to play

in Email Newsletters, Tackling

With the contact rugby not far away, you will be planning some form of tackling practice to fit into your training sessions. In these unusual times, you might find yourself almost reteaching tackling for some players. Even for more experienced players, they will need time to rediscover the safe, efficient and effective techniques and skills.... MORE

From drawing board to super-charged: top skills transfer

in Core skills, Email Newsletters, Rugby drills

In Jason Tee and Mike Ashford's e-learning course, Turn your game model into a training session, they set out how you can solve a performance problem. For example, how would you improve your double tacking or quick ruck ball or passing out of the tackle. They suggest you break down coaching the problem into four stages. Depending on your current players' understanding, you can start your next training session at any one of those stages. MORE

Four ways to un-unfit lockdown players

in Email Newsletters, Rugby drills

Returning to rugby is so exciting. But, like a hungry child who drinks too many fizzy drinks before a meal starts, we are in danger of blowing out our players in their first session and spoiling their feast.Instead, find the challenge points to give them the right opportunities to rediscover their pre-lockdown fitness levels. MORE

Lockdown planning: Passing skills zones

in Email Newsletters

While our priority will be re-engaging players with games, we will still need to mix in "skill zones". This is another name for a more intense focus on a particular skill or technique.  Have a bank of skill zones ready to drop into your sessions. Here let's focus on passing.  MORE

Lockdown planning: Better support for the ball carrier

in Email Newsletters

In this planning for post-lockdown training, we are going to look at the supporting roles around the ball carrier. Specifically, the way that players are ready to take a pass to attack space or once the defensive line is broken. To enhance learning, you are better off focusing on an “arc” of learning for a specific area. This means spreading out the training over a number of weeks, rather than dedicating one session to this. Here’s a four-week plan for busting the line and supporting, but you can split this up into more sections if you want. MORE

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