Building clarity

Vince now returns to his players. But, this time, he starts differently, not just with his questions, but also how he asks the questions.

He first finds out the best way to talk to each player.

Nicky, the club’s long-standing though short in stature tighthead prefers to chat in the bar after training.

The blindside flanker Mick who was a little bit more switched on, likes to talk over the phone.

Tommy, the young scrum-half, is delighted to meet up for a coffee.

However, eventually, they all had to meet together to discuss these ideas and discover:

  • What were their strengths?
  • How did they think they could play to those strengths?
  • Start to work out what they need to do to play to those strengths.

Vince and his team must be able to say to each other:

  1. This is our plan.
  2. I know what my role is in implementing this plan.

Mason suggested to Vince that they could keep training nights to just training and use a mix of Zoom meetings and Google forms to help develop the plan. While some players might not have access to these, they could buddy up with someone who did.

Eventually, there would be a summary of performance problems and strategies and tactics to solve them.

For example

Performance problem: Move the ball up the field

Strategy: Kick the ball up the field from inside our half

Tactic: From a scrum, pass to 10.

If it is poor scrum, then 8 takes it up, and reset to do again.

If the opposition drops both wingers, then from the right-hand side, pass and attack.

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