Short, sharp, sweat

Here are three ways to make sure your mini rugby session is enjoyable for you and your players. You can apply the same principles to all levels of rugby too!

Short

Don’t run the session for more than an hour. Start on time and finish on time. Latecomers will have to just join in when it is time to do so. You are not running much in the way of team organisation, so you do not need everyone there at the beginning.

This has three main benefits. First, you can keep your energy levels up. Second, most younger players will not experience lessons at school of more than an hour, so it fits their learning style better. Third, it encourages players to be on time (or their parents).

Sharp

If you have just one hour, then keep every sharp. That means moving with energy from section to section. Tell the players how long each section will take and stick to it.

Also, you will need to speak less. Of course the players want activity more than they want to listen to you, so there is one benefit. It also makes your key points more focused.

Sweat

This is the clever part. A long session can be tiring without anyone breaking into a sweat. Players running around at low intensity for two hours will be tired but not over heating.

Look at the players at the end of your session (you will no doubt be finishing with a game). If there are red faces and deep breathing then well done – children don’t sweat as much as us adults, but you will understand that they have been worked hard. High intensity over a short session.