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Learning from the tackling journey

in Rugby coaching, Rugby drills, Tackling, Tips

  Improve your tacklers by understanding how the best defenders grew as players. I spoke to one player whose technical expertise stands out amongst her peers. By Dan Cottrell Sophie about to make a strong tackle  Omega Photography www.facebook.com/photographyomega Sophie Ellis, a 17-year-old student in North Wales, has been playing rugby for the last four... MORE

Become a better skills coach

Become a better skills coach

in Team Management, Tips

A skills coach works with individuals in order to improve technique. With the focus on just a few players this increases the depth of understanding and transfers it to the pitch.   Here are 5 ways you can step up your skills coaching:   1. Work to a template Whether you are looking at defence,... MORE

On the run feedback

in Passing & Handling, Rugby coaching, Team Management, Tips

Former Wallabies assistant coach Nick Scrivener tells us how he hones the skills of his players and how you can sharpen your own squad’s handling skills. He’s keen to keep the flow of training going, so he gives his feedback “on the run”. CREATE FLOW When I set up activities, I want them to flow.... MORE

Defence systems or heads up

in Rugby coaching, Tips

Ruck defence is a hotly debated area, not least in terms of what systems work and if we actually need systems in the first place. With the help of Jamie Taylor, Leicester Tigers academy coach, I look at the range of options. MORE

7 things that make a great coach

in Team Management, Tips

The best coaches make it their job to do certain things all the time. Learn from the best by following their 7 key habits 1. Honesty You want your players to trust you. When it comes to the tough decisions, especially in terms of selection, you should be honest about the reasons for what you... MORE

Concussion Guidelines

Concussion at grassroots – you are working alone too...

in Ask Dan, Contact, Tips

Though you may have been on the courses, it’s not you who has to get up-to-speed. The framework provided to clubs includes such areas as concussion awareness indicators and “Graduated Return To Play” (GRTP)schemes, to help clubs deal with concussion in the most appropriate ways. However, despite these excellent resources and help, down at the... MORE

Winning coach

7 Tools to Make “Ice Cool” Players

in Tips

From Motivating Your Team, Fraser Stott, former scrum half of Heineken cup team Glasgow Warriors, explains how to give your players that all-important mental edge. Mental preparation It is all very well your players’ bodies being ready for the game, but what about their minds? Simple mental preparation can establish focus and concentration, which can... MORE

5 ways to survive assessed sessions

5 ways to survive assessed sessions

in Tips

Even vital cup matches can sometimes be less stressful that having to plan and organise a practical session on a coaching course. Here is my survival guide – from someone who has been on both sides of the fence on many occasions. 1. Make two plans You are asked to make a formal plan. Follow... MORE

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