Dan Cottrell speaks to awarding winning coaches Dan Lycett and Ross Williams about their approach to coaching. Dan is head of PE and Sport and Ross is head of Athletic Development at St David's College, in North Wales. They've won the Independent Schools Association award for outstanding sport (small school) and been nominated for the Independent Schools Association award for innovation, recognising their provision during lockdown. We chat about how they have introduced a more ecological approach to their coaching, allowing their players to find meaning and have a more self-determined approach. MORE
Understanding the role of ecological dynamics in rugby
Dan catches up with one of the leading lights of ecological dynamics, Rob Gray.
Rob is the 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.
The discussion moves around the following topics:
- How does our training sessions need to adjust?
- What are we doing already which is probably effective, though we didn’t know?
- How do we coach areas of the game which need players to have a safe understanding of the movements involved?
- How would you coach place-kicking and how do we add pressure effectively.
- In a team context, how does a constraints-led approach work?
- How close to the real game do we need to get, and conversely, how far away can we get too?
To find out more about Rob’s extensive work and research go to perceptionaction.com