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Roger Kaye, John Ruskin. and 1 other like this.

Comments (3)

John Ruskin. said:

Dan, I think some of your comments are well thought out. As the coach of my previous team, pre season we held a players meeting to discuss as many aspects of rugby as we could for the coming season. This also included focusing on individuals development of skills, physical and mental progession and any other concerns. Some of the issues naturally had to be in private on a one to one basis. I and my coaching staff then used these issues and suggestions made by players to help develop the upcoming sessions and game plans. As coaching staff we also looked at other sports for inspiration and to make sessions more interesting, we were not always successful. As an example for this coming season our focus for our newly formed Colts rugby team will be focused on space, how to create, spot it, support players in and around the creation of space.
One idea, yet to be tried is to play a game of "Ultimate Frizzbee using a professional standard Frizbee. The idea is firstly enjoyment followed by players having to achieve targets for rugby. Support, Communication, look for and create space going forward as well as a host of other functional targets for the game of rugby. I suppose the idea could also be tried for other team sports such as football.
Will it work? I do not know yet. Will the young players enjoy it? Will they recognise the possible benefits, I hope so. Is it worth trying? I think it is.
Innovation comes in many different guises as your comments show. Feed back is vitally important as is self coaching both by coaches and players by asking questions of them and getting individuals to constantly question themselves.

6 days ago
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Barb Augustin said:

My sessions start at 4:30. If they're not there, they need to warm up on their own. It works a treat - I very rarely have late arrivals. If something comes up (like a traffic jam, parent held up at work), they call me and then I'll wait if it's going to only be a couple of minutes. A couple of colleagues of mine, don't do that and they're always waiting for late comers.

3 days ago
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A Trick I found works for late arrivals is to get one of the others to explain what we are doing in the drill , that way you can check they were listening lol.

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