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Rugby coaching tips to maximise training time
The simple graph below shows how concentration might change during the duration of a training session.
The graph is split up into three distinct zones:
Warm up zone: Concentration is always poor at the start of a session. Players will have come from another activity and will be physically and mentally cold.
You need to mentally “kick start” the players during the rugby warm up drill. Include some simple decision-making games and exercises to get them thinking.
Learning zone: Once players are properly warmed up, they achieve an optimal concentration level. This is where to do your main coaching, teaching new rugby skills and techniques, and executing more advanced decision-making games.
Fatigue zone: Towards the end of the session the players get tired and their ability to concentrate drops rapidly. They will find it very difficult to take in new information and execute complicated tasks accurately.
Use this time to focus on basic core skills or rugby fitness. It is also a good time to focus on decision-making, as this is the first area of their game to suffer when players get tired.
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Click the link for a great game to get your players thinking about space and communication, while practising passing and tackling.