Pre-season planning: How to set out your coaching philosophy

We can all remember an inspirational figure in our sporting lives, someone who has made a difference. Now you are a coach yourself, you have the chance to be that figure for someone else.

What a privilege.

Also, what a responsibility. That means that good coaching and management comes from hard work and choosing the right style to express yourself.

My own tip is not to try to be something you’re not. Be a better you instead.

Start the season as you mean to go on. Make sure you know what you stand for and how you are going to operate.

You need to start by judging what style to use and when. Look at these Management styles: tell, sell, consult, participate. You will be using each one in different circumstances.

I spoke to three coaches about their own experiences, including former England and Scotland coach Andy Robinson. See what they have to say in My coaching style: three rugby experts share their tips.

If you are feeling a little bolder, why not try out our 7 coaching risks worth taking. Even if you don’t follow any of them, it should make you consider if your coaching needs refreshing.

Finally, when it comes to the crunch, we have 10 ways to make a difference on match days. You might be surprised at what we’ve picked out. You might also be pleased that you are doing some if not all of them already.

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