There are many occasions in the coaching year when you will be looking to improve and engage your team without using activities that require contact. For example, you might be:
Training in August or pre-season and your age group regulations prevent your team from doing contact.
Coaching a group of players new to rugby, or less certain of contact.
Looking for a low impact session for one part of the week.
I’ve put together four sessions of activities to help you do just that. Each session is split into three sections to ensure that a good range of coaching bases are covered: Decision-making; Skills; and then a touch game to finish.
Here are the basics of attack where players have to exploit an overlap. It works on defence also, as defenders can make themselves more adept at cutting down the options. Most of these activities are 2v1s. These are ideal if you have low numbers, but if you have more players you can run several stations at a time.
Develop some of the core skills of handling, running, balance, kicking and catching.
Touch rugby is fun, and it’s an ideal format to experiment with different rules to tease out skills and decision making. Don’t be a slave to just one version. Mix it up and see what challenges the players the most.
I see this series fitting into your regular programme or you can use it as your work out for a month. As always, you can mix and match or adapt to suit your own coaching requirements.
INTRO | WEEK 1 | WEEK 2 | WEEK 3 | WEEK 4 Use some of the non-contact activities from weeks 1 to 3 as a warm-up before launching into this week’s session. Decision-making: 3v2v1 This decision-making game is pretty tough. Don’t expect much success early on, certainly for less experienced players. If they struggle,... MORE
INTRO | WEEK 1 | WEEK 2 | WEEK 3 | WEEK 4 Now we are in week 3 of non-contact activities and you will want to revisit some of week 2 and week 1s activities, perhaps as warm-ups. Then it’s into some fresh challenges. Decision-making: 2v1 continuous This decision making is hard work! Players... MORE
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Like other disciplines, rugby has a jargon of its own.
Unless the meanings are explained they can be meaning-less.
That's why I've explained them in plain, simple English and with large, clear illustrations in my manual Rugby Tactics Made Simple.
But not only that, you'll learn how to coach the tactics with my tips. If you’re new to coaching or prefer a more simple style this is a great, straightforward introduction to rugby tactics.
"It highlights the key fundamentals of all aspects of play & gives coaches a good understanding of terminology and techniques at the highest level"- Richard Whiffin, assistant coach at London IrishMORE
Anxious about coaching rugby to children? Maybe you're already coaching, but sometimes struggling to get your points across at training?
Perhaps you sometimes simply run out of preparation time? Possibly you're feeling your sessions are getting dull?
Do you want a few new skills to boost your player's skills now? Or to help your players develop the techniques for seasons ahead? Maybe even the core skills for their whole rugby playing career?
Here's the answer... MORE