The more players learn, the more they improve. Learning is about retaining relevant knowledge and then using it in the right context.
Our expectation is that our training sessions will do this. We are probably not that scientific in our approach, though the main thrust of what we do tends to lead to improvements.
Let’s tighten this up with some training ideas and solutions to give our players more opportunities to learn.
First, let me tell me you a story from a training session from last season. It might help you reflect on your own training sessions and work out how to get the best out of your players. It’s called Three reasons why players want real training.
Sometimes you will find you don’t have much room to train, perhaps because lots of other teams are training on the same night. Here are five training solutions for limited space to make sure your players still have a good rugby experience.
Here’s a story from a winter training session which illustrates that if you can give the players want they think they want from training, you will have far more powerful outcomes. The first real cold snap has arrived at training. And last week, to my horror, the senior team bumped us out of our indoor... MORE
Any coach who trains his players under lights or with lots of other teams knows all about coaching in a limited area. Finding enough space to develop your rugby players' skills and techniques is difficult under these conditions is difficult. Here are five ways to train your players with limited space. MORE
"Intense" is one of the buzz words rugby commentators like to use. Broadly speaking, it means ferociously tough but, in coaching terms, it refers to putting your techniques and skills under the toughest tests MORE
If you can spot gaps, you need to get the ball there quickly. That's the best space. What happens is the best space on the edges of the defence? That might need some quick but long passes. Work on your players' technique and put it under pressure with these exercises. MORE
Improve your players’ understanding of their roles to make sure you can retrieve kicks and attack space when in possession. Play with your Terms and Conditions, not the kicking teams’. When a team kicks into space, the defending team needs to communicate and fan out so it can run back at spaces. MORE
Exploit the space on the outside for your wingers by using effective passing and fixing defenders. Give your speedsters enough room to run in that space. If you have a quick winger, then you need to hold up the midfield defence and allow that player time and space to attack. MORE
Make sure your long passer engages the defence and delivers the pass in front of the receiver. Develop the receivers’ timing so you can create more space using these plays. Make long pass plays crisp to stop defenders drifting with the pass. MORE
I've just watched a brilliant, energetic colts sessions. The players loved their own company and the coaches acted as their safety net. They made sure they had the right breaks and sanitised. Of course, everyone wants to be back playing matches, but this is the next best thing. Here are some ideas to give your training sessions some different ideas so there is variety, learning and a sense of purpose. It is particularly important to retain that direction because it helps bind the players and coaches together. It doesn't have to be too formal. However, motivation comes from learning so some sense of progression is important. MORE