A book review of Ulitmate Crush: Waseda University Rugby, Leadership and Building the Strongest Winning Team in Japan Katsuyuki Kiyomiya translated by Ian Ruxton. The Japanese love slogans. Ultimate Crush, which was coined for the Waseda University rugby team, translates differently according to the dialect used*, but the core meaning of “overwhelming victory” is clear. MORE
Rugby coaching tip to keep players attending training
It can be a struggle making sure players come to your rugby coaching sessions every week. Publishing attandance records rewards those who have made an effort, embarrasses those who have not, and also shows that you have paid attention to players' attitudes.
It shouldn't take a lot of time to collate the information either.
You can take this coaching tip a stage further and ask some of the players after each session a few questions about how they feel the training is going for them. Using open ended questions gives them a chance to say a little more than just "yes" and "no". For instance you could ask them which aspects of the rugby coaching sessions have they enjoyed the most, and what would they like to concentrate on more.
Remember to keep a record of who you have asked. It is surprising how often someone's opinion is missed, and then how easily they can be offended by this.