EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Motley Crew RFC receives a visit

All wise coaches seek some good counsel.

Vince speaks to his local county coaching representative, who recommends he speaks to Mason Ashty, an expert coaching mentor.

Vince invites Mason to come along to the club and they sit down in the clubroom to discuss the way forward.

Mason introduces Vince to two ideas:

  1. A shared understanding
  2. Simplifying complexity

Once Mason explains what these terms mean, Vince remembers the answers his team gave him originally and smiles. That makes sense to him why they don’t seem to be achieving their potential.


This is what Mason told Vince.

SHARED UNDERSTANDING

“Imagine all of your players saw an opportunity on the field and knew how to work together to exploit that opportunity. 

For example, if there was some space on the outside. They all organised themselves to execute a passing sequence, with lots of options to attack close or wide, to hold the space and get the ball into a position where it could be used.

They all need to know what to do and how to achieve it.”

SIMPLIFYING COMPLEXITY

“There is no way to expose your players to every situation that they might encounter in a match or the training field, there are just too many variables. 

Instead, provide principles of play that can guide decision-making, so that even in unseen scenarios you have a reliable plan for what to do next. 

For example, if your team has a good attacking option for playing from midfield rucks and your attacking play becomes disrupted, you might try to get back to a midfield ruck. You are returning to a familiar scenario, where you can drop back into your attacking system.”

You create order out of chaos.

With these two ideas, we need to apply it to the concept of a game model.

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