Make your rugby coaching sessions more realistic

Here are some of her key thoughts:

1. Human movement is exciting

Movement allows us to be expressive, creative, adaptable and versatile.

We do we play sport? Because we find it thrilling. Why? Because we find ourselves responding to the movement of others in novel situations.

In which case, are we getting our players to think about this movement?

2. Novelty

Coaches need to find ways to get players experiencing the novelties of human movement and ensuring that coaching happens in authentic contexts.

3. Unlocking potential

Coaching is “unlocking a person’s potential to maximise their performance”. Make sure the players learn and that you do not just coach.

4. Authentic experiences

Authentic experiences allow players to learn. How can we create them?

Put simply, we need to make training relevant to the player. This means putting the player into game-like situations, with pressure.

“Make the reality bite”.


5. Questioning

An important part of this process is to question the players. For instance, “What would you do in this situation?”, or “How do you want to play?”

6. Understanding

Coaches should have an empathetic understanding of the player. This means putting yourself in their boots, trying to feel how they understand the game and what is happening.

Can you listen to a player without being judgemental?

7. Stand back

A good coach understands the art of standing back. How many times have you jumped into a situation to add your thoughts and opinions?

You may have a great deal of knowledge and understanding, but it is more powerful for the player to find the answers for himself, rather than for you to tell him.

The games in my 48 Rugby Skills Manual will challenge your players’ skills and tactical awareness in the face of committed opponents. They are as close to playing a “real” match as you can get in training and a great way to get your players thinking.

Click here to order your copy of 48 Rugby Skills Games now, and to read more about the manual and how the games can benefit your coaching.

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