EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

How to deal with over-aggressive players

Some players find it hard to control their emotions, in training and in matches. Here are ways to build a calmer player without reducing their enthusiasm and drive to succeed.

Keeping the language and training right.

The key comes down to the environment they are in. That impacts on the language used in training and the type of training used.

  1. Set out clearly your tackling and rucking philosophy.
  2. Use terms which focus on success, and less on aggression. For example “dominate”.
  3. All training focuses on these terms.
  4. Be hard on players who overstep the mark (become too agressive) in training. Instead ask them to channel that aggression into more effective outcomes. However, don’t be “aggressive” when you are hard. Hard in this case means you don’t let them get away with it.
  5. Show how pressure hurts more than one-off “hits”.
  6. Demonstrate the power of excellent technique – and how it¹s better than cheap shots.
  7. Create a sense of legacy for the team – how do you want to be remembered? Ali or Tyson?
  8. Train harder than you play.

Here are some ways to work on technique.

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