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Bill Baillie said:
Great article, and really highlights the challenges that are posed with team sports in particular.
It is great that you have teams that offer the level the players aspire to, be that representative level to social players.
But many clubs try to cater for this all within one team, where the vision of the players are very different.
It would be good to hear how coaches meet this challenge.
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Anne Baker said:
Thanks Bill, a great question on how coaches meet the challenge of differentiation in one team. I used to coach a two team club before I moved to Devon with a range of abilities and found it's not very different, set individual achievable targets and encourage the team to use each others strengths. When I first moved to Devon I started playing again and joined an under performing two team club on the verge of folding, but very soon I was asked to coach (not being a great player!). This developed over the years into a 5 team womens section and took 10 years to reach National league for the first team.

Some of my teams play small community clubs that have one of two outstanding players who just want to play with their 'mates' and to many it's just about playing the game, again it is understanding motivations for taking part. My mature 'back to hockey' players ask for technical coaching which surprised me, they want to acquire more skill!. I'm working with the local county to develop coaches and in the club to offer a range of participation opportunities that are more informal, such as 7 aside informal games without goal keepers. As we are now a larger club our offer is to provide opportunities to play some form of the game to all abilities, moving away for some from the traditional offers but it is interesting that as long as we are offering game play with 'lots of touches of the ball' the players wish to be coached.

Let's hear from those coaches who have a range of abilities in one team, please share how you meet this challenge.
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The main issue I find when coaching, is that due to being a level 1 coach, I am not allowed to amend the training structure, when many people have asked if they can stop using a certain piece of equipment. It is then trying to convince them to stay, even though they have paid a fair amount to do the course in the first place.
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Val Andrews said:

Great article in content and clarity. Especially, like the operational strategies and the practical tips on how. I especially smile at 'joke with players', great to see this included. Many coaches are afraid to smile or joke and follow the philosophy, he is so serious and silent, he must be a great coach! I am a big fan of kids games as warm ups or indeed chasing games for adult speed and agility training. Indeed, rugby players from an early age should play these in every session, as they have, multi directional running, change of pace, and decision making. More importantly, they learn to avoid contact and increase spatial awareness. As opposed to the current Lions who seek out contact with no off load skills. Enough diversion. The chasing games, I feel produce greater accelerations and deaccelerations in comparison to drills, I must put a GPS on players to check this out.

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