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Jon Woodward said:

Great blog Rich and I think you may be being too hard on yourself! Change is inevitable and often cannot be planned for, as the theory doesn't match the reality. With anything, principles and philosophies change alongside the changing environment (either as planned or not) and I think by recognising this, you are halfway there. The area that struck a chord with me was around the playing time within the team, with it being of equal measure. It is something I have debated previously with coaches, and have noticed it before that the players can see the ones who don't try, who may not be as technically proficient, etc and this is the way of life. Could a change in principles, through playing time, mean that there is a change of attitude and application? I would say it may not always be a positive one, as some may drop by the wayside, but you may benefit because of it. Interested to hear more of your next challenges....

02/06/17
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Rich Bland said:

Thanks Jon,
I guess you're right, I'm usually perhaps overly self-critical ! We learn more from our weaknesses?
There were many positive things about this season but I guess this piece is about where the year could have gone better. A self congratulatory piece of writing about the good stuff would be OK but I think when things haven't gone perfectly, we should first look inwardly to identify the issues. Once we take responsibility for where we went wrong as individuals, we can then look at the external factors within our control and make things better for 'next time'?
For example, a bad result is easily attributed to a referee, pitch, weather, timing etc. but progress is made when we analyse our own performance and action rather than look for external factors (or excuses).

Your point about playing time is a good one. As mentioned in the Blog, perhaps a bad example is set by some of the less committed when they ultimately get the same reward? As always, I'll put the question to the players for feedback.

More challenges to be met, for sure.

Cheers

07/06/17
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Matt Harris said:

Loved reading this Rich. Despite being a coach of youth rugby so much of what you detail is also directly applicable to my experiences - for me, confirming the development of any child presents the same problems/challenges for coach and player alike whatever the shape of the ball. I found myself smiling and nodding as I read your article and whilst I applaud your observations I have to agree with Jon that you are being far too hard on yourself. The very fact you recognise, reflect and are prepared to adapt puts you in a different league to most. If I ever coach U14s again I also believe I would be a better coach - like yourself I think I will be more prepared for the particular needs of that age, but in some way (granted, maybe to a lesser degree) I think I could say that about any age group. I'm also finding that in reality (now coaching U15s) I am essentially dealing with a group of very different kids as they race into adult hood. On paper they are U15s....... but I'm pretty sure I've got players that have 18yr old bodies with 13y old mentality, vice versa and everything in between!!!!!! Basically its impossible, and if I went back armed with experience I suspect different groups and sub-groups of U14s would serve up a whole new set of challenges. Moving forward, I am the bloke in the clubhouse warning other coaches to be prepared for the astronomical change awaiting them as the birth of the teenager mutates before their very eyes!!!!. However, I suspect, like I did, they believe they've got it covered!.......... let me know if it gets easier ;)

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Clenchiecoach
Rich Bland said:

Thanks for the support Matt,

I'm not as neurotic as I might sound! So many good things happened during that season but it would have made a far less interesting piece. I wanted to share the thoughts for those in a similar situation. I guess I'm that on-line equivalent of the bloke in the clubhouse, pointing out that things are likely to change for fellow coaches.

I've definitely taken plenty from the experience. I had my first session with a new set of U13 players yesterday and consciously changed my language and approach. Things went very well and now very much looking forward to working with them this season,

....and I love your wording.

Recognise. Reflect. Adapt.

All the best

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