EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

A better approach to games coaching

I think we can have a better approach to games coaching.

CHANGING THE APPROACH

Traditionally, coach education has a defined learning outcome. For example: “Today we are going to look at ball presentation on the ground, and you will learn, practice and demonstrate the preferred method”.

This contradicts my approach to coaching through games. I will rarely tell the players what the learning outcomes are for the games, although I will have one or more in mind. Instead, I want them to tell me what they have learned.

Sometimes, they take something else from the session that I didn’t expect. I like that.

This is my approach.

It’s not the only one. It comes from experience, confidence and knowing your players. You could use both approaches in different sessions. Reflect on which worked best for you.

Do this by asking yourself two questions to check:

  1. How will the players react to the challenge in the session?
  2. How can I create an environment that embraces this challenge?

As with all coaching, it is a matter of sifting the sh*t from the sugar and adapting your learning to your character and personality.

You will mess up, sometimes more than you expected. Be prepared for that.

Recognise messes as a brilliant learning opportunity rather than the method is failing.

The first topic in this lesson will look at how imperfect outcomes work.

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