What makes good coaches outstanding

We are all frustrated that we can’t be outside coaching at the moment. While there are more serious concerns in the world, coaching our sport still has a role to play in helping maintain good spirits and giving us all a focus for the future.

Of course, we haven’t stopped coaching. Everyone I’ve spoken to has, in some way, been in touch with their players and other stakeholders.

In this newsletter, I’m going to give you some fuel for your own personal coaching well-being.

First, let’s see what a coach at the top of the game has to say. In my interview with Andy Farrell on what makes good coaches outstanding, he talks about relationships and how he designs training sessions to improve skills.

From one of the most exciting young coaches at the moment, London Irish’s Academy Coach Development Officer, Rhys Davies, we learn about Powerful game coaching and improving efficiency in training. He explains how to integrate drills into a games-based approach to training. Outstanding coaches have a balanced approach to training, using a wide range of activities.

Attention to detail is one of the clear differences between good and outstanding coaches. The School of Kicking explore C to J kicking: How to change style for better outcomes. They develop Dave Alred’s kicking system in a number of different practical ways.

Finally, another coaching legend, Wayne Goldsmith, sets out his 8 essential rules of end of season performance reviews. Naturally, this is a good time to be working on this, so he sets out ways to be more precise and positive on your approach.

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