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Planning a Coaching Session

Three steps to planning a practice

  • Set the framework within which you will operate.
  • Decide on the objectives and content of the session.
  • Evaluate it afterwards.

Setting The Framework

  1. There are four main factors that affect the coaching session:
  2. Safety
    • Minimise potential risk of injury.
    • Be prepared to deal with an emergency.
  3. Coaching Environment
    • Equipment
    • Space
    • Conditions
  4. The Players
    • Their stage of growth and development.
    • Level and interest of players.
  5. Coaching Philosophy
    • Reflect your values and beliefs.

Session Objectives and Content

  1. The next task is to decide on the objectives and plan the content TO MEET THOSE OBJECTIVES. There are four basic ingredients of a coaching session:
  2. Skill Development
    • Include activities that develop techniques.
    • Turn these techniques into skills through application of pressure.
    • Utilise skills analysis and teaching methods covered in Module 6.
  3. Tactical Awareness
    • Develop activities that put skills under pressure.
    • Simulate game situations.
    • Work on why and when to use skills, not just how.
  4. Physical Preparation
    • Organise activities that prepare your players physically for the demands of rugby.
    • The basics of this topic are presented in Module 17
  5. Mental Preparation
    • Develop players' mental abilities.
    • Establish common direction, values and attitudes.
    • Ensure game plans and tactics are understood.
    • Set up performance review systems.
    • Improve concentration and motivation.
    When planning your training run, identify some objectives in each of these areas.

Examples of Training Objectives:

  • Skills Development
  • Players must be able to follow through straight with passing hand when passing ball. Tactical Awareness
  • Players need to understand options in a 2 v 1 attacking situation, ie if tackler comes at me, I pass it. If tackler goes to my teammate, I run. Physical Preparation
  • Players must be able to perform 20 sprints of 20-40m with 30 sec recovery after each sprint Mental Preparation
  • Players should be able to listen while I'm talking.
  • Players must be able to explain options in 2 v 1 situations.