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…

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.

[CLICK THE VIDEO] to learn the steps you need (and need to practice) to set a new course and turn 5 points into 7 much more often.

Want more help? Then all you need to do is get in touch.

By Stuart Lierich

The question comes up often and exists in several forms.

A little something like this –

“Hey Stu, are there any secrets or gold nuggets that you could share from the pro teams? I mean, any secret drills or activities I should know about?”

Here is my response, and the answer to what makes the good teams much better than yours.

(Hint: you already have the ‘gold’)…

By Stuart Lierich

Passing the course to get your coaching badge is only the first stage in becoming an effective coach.

Even for seasoned coaches that have their Level 2 or even Level 3, many rest on the piece of paper without investing energies into what really matters.

The fact of the matter is most, if not all, governing body rugby courses are weighted heavily towards the “WHAT” to coach, rather than the “How” to coach.

In other words, the fact you’ve learned the materials and passed a course does not qualify you as a good coach (yet).

Don’t be that coach (we all know them), with 15 years experience – that, in fact has 1 year of experience repeated 15 times over. Yes, you know the one.

You need to take what you’ve learned from the course (activities, ‘drills’, rules, philosophy etc) and learn how to make it all ‘stick’ with the players you are coaching.

Yes, your ‘soft’ skills are the the ingredient that will allow your bread to rise!

Think about this.

Does the NGO or your club help you with important skills like:

  • Running a meeting?
  • How to effectively talk to your troops at half time?
  • How to engage stakeholders including sponsors, parents or partners?
  • How to deliver a coaching presentation?
  • How to adapt when the head coach throws you unexpectedly into the deep end?
  • What are the essential practice session design principles for better skill development?
  • How to use analysis to benefit skill development and improve team performance?
  • Your ‘office’ productivity (letters, storing & sharing info, creating reference material)?

Certainly some food for thought. The list goes on.

Appreciate that you have a duty of care to your players, and the only way to truly help them realise their potential is to do what’s required of you to achieve the same.

By Stuart Lierich

I understand you know that rugby is a dynamic sport. In fact, it seems to be such a ‘buzz line’ in coaching circles these days.

Sure, I’m glad more coaches are appreciating the ‘whole of environment’ when it comes to coaching. But, not nearly enough coaches in my view.

For many, unfortunately, it’s a throw away line.

Take improving or remedying player skill errors as an example.

By no means an easy (or linear!) task, but for many coaches they are simply barking up the wrong tree when it comes to the path they take to ‘fix’.

How many coaches do you know that make their own judgment or assessment of a poorly executed skill without considering all of the factors that may have contributed?

To begin to improve any skill deficiency for a player we need to go “Sherlock Holmes” and gather the facts before we “Theorize” any conclusions.

Oh, I know the more experienced we get, the sharper our observational powers are.

That’s bullshit.

Please don’t fall into the common trap of labelling a poor pass, tackle or kick based on the physical aspects alone. What a coach sees is only but a part of the story.

The best coaches empower any player needing help by considering their perspective when ‘things go wrong’.

[Watch the Video] below to learn the 3 questions I ask players to determine whether we have an issue with decision making (game awareness) or physically performing the skill.

By Stuart Lierich

A video presentation that’s been sitting on my computer for a while, and forms part of my coach education at various levels of rugby competition.

We need a framework from which we base our coaching, and then this must be applied within the specific context of our playing group.

Watch the [Video] and you will see that there are several ingredients in building backline cohesion and great execution.

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