When it comes to junior players and developing skill, many simply haven’t yet acquired the necessary “self awareness” (from skill volume) for intrinsic feedback & self coaching.

I call it “bank deposits” of experiences.

The more deposits into the ‘self awareness account’, the richer the development potential, and better the learning and retention.

Although I certainly do coach & promote purpose in practice, it also also very valuable for our young ruggers to experiment and mould their own solutions during unstructured play time as well.

The temptation for any coach with say the player pictured above would be to tell him how to kick the goal, covering off all the structured steps required in the process.

You know, as if he’d just be able to produce a performance outcome from just remembering the moves from a coach’s (or mum or dad) instruction (lol).

But, is telling learning?

Sure there is a time and place (of course!) for extrinsic feedback and instruction. But the real magic occurs over a much longer period of time and is based on retaining information made useful from problem solving decisions and movement patterns.

Instead, consider his age, current skill level and physical development by being a little “hands off” to allow him to progress at his pace, using your restrained yet well calculated feedback to find his own movement solutions and grow that ‘self awareness bank account’ to use when you won’t be there to give all the answers…

By Stuart Lierich

Whilst this video was from the KickCoaching archives, it is still very much relevant today.

With so much global growth and interest in rugby, there are many clubs now offering development and participation opportunities for juniors.

But, it isn’t as simple as throw an ad on your club website or facebook page and set a ticket price. There is much you need to know in order to create true value for those that choose to sign up at your event.

Join me, as I interview Josh Young from Atavus Rugby (USA) on the finer points of hosting a youth rugby skills camp or clinic.

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I hear you. There are many more rugby ball manufactures than the two above mentioned.

Adidas, Summit, Canterbury, Rhino, Umbro just to name a few…

Whether online or whilst on coaching assignments I am often asked

“Hey Stu, which ball brand is best for kicking?”

This usually extends to:

  • Which ball is best for passing?
  • Is a Gilbert more rounded than Steeden or other brands?
  • Which lasts longer?
  • etc etc etc

I find this interesting on several levels and offer the following:

  • No best brand suited to rugby based on shape
  • Gilbert & Steeden are VERY SIMILAR (and both owned by the same company Gray Nicholls)
  • A ‘traditional’ rugby union shaped ball is folklore more than fact
  • Variable quality between models of all brands

I suggest this advice:

  • Most ball brands have several ‘models’ to choose from, the mid to upper price range offers best value for longevity
  • Look for a nice ‘weighty‘ ball, as the cheaper light ones will ‘blow out’ quicker particularly if the recipient of decent kicking volume
  • A good tradesman doesn’t blame his tools. Predominantly train with the ball used in competition, but for skill acq and developing adaptability – mix it up!!
  • Move on from this debate😉

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My iphone went flat during the first video, so my thoughts are spread across two takes!

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G’day Coach.

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I’ll be frank here…Part of the reason is that there isn’t much (if any) quality, evidence based coaching information out there for you to apply. That, and the fact nearly all rugby clubs simply don’t have access to a professional kicking coach on staff to help them.

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A recent question I fielded from a coach in the USA on my Facebook page….

How Do I Know My Coaches Are Doing The Right Thing in My Absence??

It’s commonplace in youth rugby and mini rugby to hear of coaches that run programs to be anxious about trusting other coaches on their own. But it doesn’t need to be the case.

I have recently fielded a question from the USA from a coach who runs a youth program & is concerned about what happens when he isn’t around. (Are they coaching the way I want? etc)

The short answer is the buck stops with those that are heading up programs, academies and youth teams where other coaches have input.

I know everyone means well, but the aim here is to get everyone involved on the SAME PAGE, both operationally and philosophically.

In summary:

√ You must have a program philosophy and be clear to all stakeholders where your focus is. Transparency is key.
√ Coaching manuals that cover off “how’ to coach, not just ‘what’ to coach will serve you well
√ Don’t complain about your coaches, develop them OR get someone in to do that on your behalf
√ Be clear with new coaches as to what’s expected. Role descriptions are perfect for every rugby program
√ Use technology to share information and communicate with your people
√ Develop your leadership skills to take your program forward. This is much more than coaching.

As always leave me any thoughts you have on the subject, I’d love to hear from you

AND – keep sending your questions,  I am really enjoying helping you all.



By Stuart Lierich

So, if we expect players to find their own solutions to match scenario, ‘think for themselves’ etc, then we should expect the same of coaches.

Too often a coach will choose the easy way out and with little consideration take activities and drills from a book or manual without considering the context.

Coaches need to think deeper than just wanting the latest, newest ‘drills’, but develop their own framwork for designing challenging and engaging activities for their teams.

Rant over…

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