EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Power up your own coaching so your technical expertise is maximised

Technical and tactical coaching is an essential part of any sport. It’s fundamental to safety. It’s also fundamental to the players’ enjoyment of the game.

Yet, if we focus our own coaching efforts into these areas, we might forget to power up our own delivery. In other words, how we coach is just as important as what we coach. You might have the next killer move up your sleeve, or be able to solve a nagging technical issue, but if the players aren’t truly engaged and motivated, the power of that potential improvement is lost in translation.

Here are some ways to make sure you are operating effectively and efficiently in your coaching.

First, let’s look at your language. Improvements can come from telling a player to stop doing one thing and start doing another. How do you frame that? In my article, Don’t use the word don’t, I help you choose the best expressions to empower players to move forward.

With better language, let’s now look at 5 ways to power up your advice. Undoubtedly one of the great pleasures of coaching is to share your experiences and see the players grow as a consequence. When you say it and how you tell it can make all the difference to what you say.

Putting this into a session context, the rhythm of training can make a massive difference to the way players feel about your coaching. If your time with them peters out and they trudge away, you might be losing their goodwill. Here are 4 ways to end on a high.

Finally, let’s consider the reasons why players turn up for training. They want to be part of the team and play on the weekend. That’s the ultimate motivation. How you balance game time makes a large impact on whether players want to be engaged in training. I’ve outlined some ways to consider Subs and playing time so you can allow players more chances to be involved.

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