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Latest research on coaching skills to minis

Wilbur Kraak, a senior lecturer and rugby researcher at Department of Sport Science, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, has recently published his findings on the effects of a skills specific coaching education programme on the skill level of mini-rugby players.

Working with Jacques Basson, their conclusions shed further light on what good practice design looks like and what we should be encouraging coaches to focus on.

In this podcast, I ask Wilbur about

  • The background to the research
  • How they split the coaches and teams into a control group and experimental group
  • What skills were they measuring and how?
  • How they upskilled the coaches of the experimental group and how they reacted to this
  • What skills programme did they follow and how would they improve on that
  • What is meant by the fundamentals in movement skills and game skills?
  • Which skills really improved, more than expected
  • confirm or change views on what practice design looks like

Effect of a skills specific coaching education programme on the skill level of mini-rugby players | Basson | South African Journal for Research in Sport, Physical Education and Recreation https://ajol.info/index.php/sajrs/article/view/191634

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