Rugby coaching

Tournament survival guide

in Team Management

Whether it’s a sevens event for adults or a festival of mini rugby, tournament days can be trying experiences unless you’re well prepared. Here are six tips for getting through it without mishap… MORE

The 5 rules of selection

in Team Management

Identifying the players to fulfil your vision is arguably a coach’s most crucial role. Your approach to selection establishes the values of the environment you’re trying to create. Read on to get it right… MORE

Adapt your drills on the spot

in Tips

Sometimes your best-laid plans must be ripped up because progress has been quicker or slower than expected. So be ready to change tack if players are struggling or they crack a skill and are getting bored. MORE

Time to indulge again – because it’s February

in Attack, Rugby drills, Tips

January sees many people decide to give up guilty pleasures as part of their soul-cleansing New Year’s resolutions. For instance, “For January, no ABCs” – that is, no alcohol, biscuits and chocolate. I’m afraid I didn’t manage that. March brings the start of Lent and thus time, according to the secular soothsayers, to give up... MORE

6 ways to use words wisely

in Team Management

Communication is critical at all coaching levels. Choosing the right words can engage and motivate your players – just as the wrong words will turn them off. So adopt the language of success… MORE

“10,000 hours” theory threatens us all

in Blog

Too many youth coaches are teetering on the edge of the “10,000 hours’ training” trap – and it risks killing our game. We’re in danger of spending too much time “practising” rugby and not enough time playing. MORE

5 tips on how to use substitutes

in Team Management

Making substitutions is a challenge for coaches because there’s an implied criticism of the players involved. So accentuate the positive and make the process a chance for development and enjoyment. MORE

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