EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

The game after one rule change

Remember that the rule change was that:

The team in possession of the ball get a point EVERY time the receiver is moving forward on receipt of the pass.

IN-GAME ACTIONS

  • Continue to praise good play and effort. Be specific. For example: “Sam I really liked the way you…, great work to get in support Danny”.
  • Acknowledge loudly when they score a bonus point.
  • Remind them how to get additional points.

WHAT AM I SEEING

  1. The ball carrier stops when touched.
  2. A few of the players are working hard to get into a position to receive the ball whilst moving forward.
  3. Some of the ball carriers are slow to pass, and the support play overruns the pass and the opportunity is missed.
  4. The receiver sometimes runs narrow and into a congested area just to get the bonus point.

I know I’ve said it earlier, the more experienced coaches might see lots more than the less experienced coach. But we are not here to prove to our players how much we know. We just want to focus on ONE element at a time.

ACTIONS

  • Identify that the ball carrier stopping (1) is becoming a key element in negatively influencing (3) and has some bearing on (4).
  • Stop the play and ask for their feedback.
Questions to ask the playersPossible answers
Who has scored a try and how? Ran forward, avoided being tackled, ran into space, ball carrier passed, ran onto the ball.
Who gained a bonus point and how?Ran onto the ball, stayed back to run onto the pass, passed in front of the player to make them run onto it.
Which direction do they want to go?Forward, into space, away from the defenders.
How can they help to maintain the go forward?Run onto the pass, keep running when touched.

Give them a reminder of the rules: the rule that they have to “stop” on the touch.

Now, suggest a rule that they have to pass within 3-4m of being touched. Use a distance rather than a time to pass, which encourages go forward.

Agree on this and play.

Let’s see how this progresses…

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