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Utilising your time as a coach

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Date: 
Friday, July 6, 2012

For your consideration:

    Time
    No of players
    Equipment
    Field size
    Player capacity
    Outcomes to achieve

    When planning a session one must take all of the above into consideration. First start with the goals you want to achieve. Either use an existing drill, or develop your own (see drill development) to suit the needs of your session so that your goals can be achieved.

    Secondly make sure that your session progresses gradually from bare basics to more complex movements and thinking. Ensure that players understand what you want from them!!

    Now that you have the drills in mind, put them to paper and in progression order. Allocate an estimated time to each drill. I.e. the time you think it will take the players to successfully learn the skill and be able to move on to the next drill. Make sure to have extra drills in case they get through it faster, or be prepared to drop 1 or 2 drills due to the players taking longer than expected to learn the skill.

    ALWAYS START YOUR SESSION WITH HANDLING DRILLS TO SET THE PACE OF THE SESSION. I find that if you start with a bang, and players enjoy the first 1 or 2 drills to the maximum, move around fast, and you get the heart pumping they are geared for the rest of the session.

    Ensure that you do the appropriate warm-up for the type of session you are going to do. I.e. contact, skills, running, rucking etc.!

    Before your players arrive, you should already be busy or done with packing out your session. If player see that you are making an effort to be as professional as possible, they will reply by training as professional as possible.

    Set out your field so that you can smoothly transition from one drill to the next. Also taking into account water breaks and where the water station will be.

    When you start your session call your players together, greet, take roll call and give a brief description of what the session will entail. This should not last more than 2-3 minutes maximum.

    When starting a drill, quickly and clearly explain how it works, and use best possible examples (i.e. players that can execute it the best) to demonstrate...... you’re not a player so don’t try and be one or demonstrate.

    Once you have explained the drill let them start, try and make each drill as high intensity as possible. You will give time for rest, but when the drill is in progress the players must work hard. Also ensure that you try and accommodate as many players as possible, so that they have little time to stand around and do nothing.

    DO NOT ALLOW PLAYERS TO ASK QUESTION DURING A DRILL OR DURING YOUR SESSION. STATE CLEARLY THAT YOU WILL ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS AT THE END OF A SESSION.  Players love to ask questions when they get tired, so that the coach will stop, call everyone in and explain for 10minutes..... These are unacceptable, keep the tempo up and questions at the end. 10 to 1 the question the player wanted to ask was answered during the rest of your session!

    Each drill itself must also have a progression, if you have a drill in mind, regress it by 1 step, and progress it by 1 step, and there you have 3 drills within a drill. You don’t always have to go through all 3, but now you can allocate the best possible one to the skill level of the players.

    Try and end each session with a high intensity drill i.e., some type of fitness involvement. I don’t see why any drill which focuses on fitness cannot involve a rugby ball? Or at least then some form of competition. Think about it, create it!! High intensity at the end of a session makes a player feel like he has TRAINED properly!

    Conclude the session by getting the guys together, comment on good and bad (more good). Comment on possibilities to improve on next session and possible self-training and motivate motivate motivate!!

Session planning and execution:

    determine goal
    allocate drills
    put pen to paper
    pack out
    brief
    game and warm-up
    skills (2drills)
    core drills ( goals you want to achieve)
    End high intensity
    Conclusion

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by Dr. Radut.