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Rugby Coach Weekly with Dan Cottrell

Nick Scott: Language, asking the right sort of question,...

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Nick Scott is director of rugby at Rugby Colorno. He previously spent 20 years helping to build a world respected coaching department at England Rugby, with 9 years as National Coach Development Manager. We chatted about: Why Nick isn't a reflective coach When not to use questions Speaking a different language in a different country Building better relationships with people, not just players MORE

Understanding the role of ecological dynamics in rugby

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Dan catches up with one of the leading lights of ecological dynamics, Rob Gray. Rob is is professor of Human Systems Engineering at Arizona State University. In the coaching world, he is better known for the Perception and Action podcast. I ask Rob to give us a basic guide to what is meant by ecological dynamics and perception-action coupling in a sporting context. It includes an outline of how the constraints-led approach gives the players opportunities to develop. MORE

Coaches’ guide to scaffolding to build better players and...

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Dan Cottrell chats with Nick Hart. Nick is head of Courthouse Junior School in Berkshire, a CPD provider and an educational writer on his blog Thisismyclassroom. He has a sports science degree and played semi-pro soccer as a goalkeeper. Our main discussion is around scaffolding in coaching. It is probably something most of us do in some format but we might not always know why it works. Plus, it would be good to explore some other great ways to scaffold our players’ learning. MORE

The Coach’s Guide to Teaching: Practical ways to use...

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Dan Cottrell invites Dave Sharkey, Ged Hall and Edd Conway to say how they would use Doug Lemov's latest book, The Coach's Guide to Teaching in their own environments. Bestselling author and teaching guru Doug has drawn on his vast practical classroom experience to see he can help coaches produce better players. The panel discusses their main takeaways from the book in the context of their own coaching. MORE

Reviewing research into what keeps good young players in...

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Dan Cottrell caught up with Jonny McMurtry of coachingthecoaches.net to talk about his current research. Having been involved in high-performance age-grade rugby programs across Australia for nearly 10 years, he is currently completing research in conjunction with the University of Queensland and Rugby Australia, looking at age-grade player's engagement and understanding what motivates, engages and drives players' participation. MORE

Top coaching tips for all levels: Wilko, Goose and...

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Dan Cottrell invites Nick Wilkinson, Nathan Gosling and Ian Hollingworth to discuss their latest thinking around coaching in the current climate. They bounce ideas off each other, share what works and what needs to be adjusted. It's all about practical ways to improve your team, at all levels of the game. Be ready for some coaching gold and innovative nuggets to take onto the training field today. MORE

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