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So, a quick google search brought about 509,000 results!

The trouble is coach, that most of those activities would be a big fat waste of your time.

You see, there are countless ‘methods’ for coaching rugby, but only a few core ‘principles’ for achieving effective results.

It is therefore these important principles that you should make a point to learn.

Because they underpin the essence of what it is that you are trying to improve with your players.

It’s kind of like the ‘teach a man how to fish’ lesson and will open up an amazing world for you if you are willing to break free from that favourite drill book you have…

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Stuart Lierich

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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By Stuart Lierich

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.

Regards,

Stu

By Stuart Lierich

Are you frustrated that your drop conversions are great one week, and, you know, not so crash hot the next?

I’m guessing, actually I know, that if you don’t have a proven framework for kicking, then it’s unlikely you will know how to improve your kicking & achieve consistent results.

Don’t leave such a critical part of the game to chance. You need a plan.

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By Stuart Lierich

I have been really enjoying all of the questions an interactions I’ve had on social media lately.

In fact, a few of my blog posts and videos have been a direct result of a query I have either fielded online or when out coaching.

One such question came on Twitter regarding the kicking action of Wasps Flyhalf, Jimmy Gopperth.

You see, for those not familiar with the way he looks when he kicks, Jimmy appears a little unorthodox when he strikes the ball.

For me, this uncovers a great lerrning principle for coaches. Let’s not seduced by theories before we uncover the evidence. (Yes, Sherlock style, for sure.)

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@tgbrock was keen for my thoughts on the way Jimmy appears to ‘buckle’ as he kicks. The  lead image at the top of this article will show you.

At first glance this certainly doesn’t appear to be a stable and balanced position from which to strike.

Please [watch the video below] where I look much closer at why he is able to kick consistently well regardless of what you see.

Key Points:

  • Balance and Stability at Heel Strike
  • Sweet Spot Contact Through Line Of Ball
  • Weight Transfer To Target (Goals)

*the example kick used was the ‘pressure’ kick that sent Wasps into the champions cup semi last month

By Stuart Lierich

 

As coaches, we all discuss with our players the importance of support play in attack.

The philosophy is twofold: we offer the ball carrier passing options and we can (with good running lines) fix and manipulate the defence to crate or preserve space.

With this rather common knowledge about ‘why’ support is important, it’s amazing how often you will see ‘option runners’ not going right to the line when involved in an attacking phase of play.

This often occurs as players begin to feel they may not receive the ball. This, coupled with the onset of fatigue are certain factors that will affect the effort teammates make to push on the ball carrier.

What is “push on the footy”?

  • It is the effort of a ball carrier’s support (leads and options) that works up to (and sometimes past) the tackle line

In all of my coaching I’ve felt obligated to teach players ‘why’ it’s important to have a good attitude in this area. Younger age groups have proven more challenging with this as many ‘ball watch’ or can’t yet perceive a tangible role ‘off the ball’.

To many it also appears a long way to get back behind the ball again and reload. This is where selflessness is a virtue in your attacking play.

The video below is just one example that you will see week in and week out:

*how long a team can sustain good ‘push’ will often determine attacking potency

The point is, push on the footy is all about effort, not talent.

In fact, there seems to be a theme to my blog posts this past couple of weeks – ATTITUDE!

Coach, I implore you to demonstrate the virtue of strong, sustained effort here as once your players realise this and get a taste of the rewards (as a team) a new world will open up for them. I’d even go as far as showing them some clips such as above to highlight how good push creates opportunities.

By Stuart Lierich