EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

The game after a second rule change

The new rule change is that they have to pass within 3 or 4 metres of being touched.

WHAT AM I SEEING

  1. Some players are working hard to gain the bonus points
  2. The group are reminding each other to continue to run on the touch and support.
  3. It might be that some are more advanced than others – so encouragement and patience are key elements.
  4. It may well be that we continue with a focus on Go Forward and scrap everything else if that’s what’s needed
  5. OR if the majority are grasping it, progress to the next stage.

ACTIONS

Repeat the process of changing a rule OR letting them play after some questions.

FURTHER BONUS POINT IDEAS

Add bonus points for the group or differentiate for groups of players.

Give a bonus point if a player runs onto the ball and looks to receive the ball early. Only give a point if they do both. If a player is struggling that player gains a point for running onto the pass.

Give a bonus point if the player calls for the ball, runs onto the ball, looks to receive the ball early and the ball does not touch the chest. They must do all three to gain the point, though give weaker players maybe two skills instead of three to complete for the point.

Give a bonus point if player calls, runs onto the pass, looks to receive early and the passer points fingers in direction of the receiver. You can add points for each: cloakroom clickers and/or co-coaches are essential.

All the time bear in mind that the pace of the session the development of the players dictates the pace of the session. It needs to get to the intended objective.

KEEP TRIES AS THE TARGET

I just want to reiterate that tries are still worth the most points. Give more points for a try than anything else as scoring is the primary purpose of the game. It also encourages the development of skills to score tries, rather than the execution of skills to gain bonus points which can undermine principles of play.

Here are some handouts for possible bonus point games:

GT DBCG Bonus points support example

GT DBCG Bonus points passing example

GT DBCG Bonus points defence example

And a blank bonus point sheet to work with:

GT DBCG Bonus points blank


Let’s now wrap up how this all fits into your planning and delivery in the next lesson.

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