Team Management

These articles look at issues coaches face away from actually playing the game. Players and teams need to well-managed. Disruptive players need to be dealt with in a certain way, you have responsibilities towards the opposition, the league, the referee and the parents. These articles highlight some of the major problems you will face in team management and they offer great advice on how to deal with them.

Pile the pressure on 10 by making him think

Pile the pressure on 10 by making him think

Start putting more pressure on your fly half (10) in training so he can perform better on match days. You can also work all the players who might fulfil this role. There are three main ways to create pressure: Reduce the time for the player to make decisions. Reduce the space for the player to […]

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Help parents to help players

Help parents to help players

This is based on an article by Jon Woodward, a Sports Coach UK Coach Education Advisor: The Role of a Sporting Parent: Parents Just Don’t Understand… or do they? Whether you are coaching kids or adults, one of the key people in your players’ lives are their parents. Guide them into making the best environment […]

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How to get that first win

How to get that first win

You may be one of the number of coaches starting with a new team next season. And you know that it will be a great boost if you can get a “W” from your first match. Any coach who faces his first competitive game in charge is bound to be feeling a little more pressure […]

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Keep your players motivated with TARGET

Keep your players motivated with TARGET

From Rugby Coach Weekly Always hit the spot by using the TARGET model to keep your players motivated and concentrating fully on the job in hand during training sessions. Task Keep activities varied and individually challenging. Break down the skills into their component parts, so players can think about the processes to achieve something. For […]

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How can you win without tactics?

How can you win without tactics?

By Eamonn Hogan, experienced rugby coach working with representative teams in the UK and the US Use a philosophy rather than a set game plan to score more tries than the opposition. Tactics will often confuse children but ideas for playing the game in a set way won’t. As your players become more skilled and […]

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Plan for windy conditions

Plan for windy conditions

If there is a significant breeze on match day, well-prepared plans need to be put into place. This is far more than a quick chat with the 10 before the game. Work specifically with your tactical kickers rather than just “kick with the wind”. They need to know when to kick as does the rest […]

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When and how to correct young players

When and how to correct young players

From Rugby Coach Weekly If a young player is making a mistake, we feel duty bound to do something about it. However, youngsters are often intimidated by corrections and also might not take on board what they need to change. What we must correct Anything that can harm the player or someone else. Th is […]

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4 times the fly-half should demand the ball

When should the fly-half demand the ball?

When do forwards give the ball to backs? When they want it, of course, which is when: The team is going forward There are less defenders spread out across the field They are in attacking positions The backs have an overlap or mismatch Ignore set pieces and think about when forwards release the ball from […]

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