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Ive come across alot of different coaching philosphys,?

Ive come across alot of different coaching philosphys, game sense, teaching games for understanding, implicit, explicit, didactic etc. Does any one have a particular style they have found success with or use different styles for technical and tactical coaching?


I am a firm believer in involving players in their learning.

If the coach "tells" players the answers to issues they face on the field then they will follow the advice (if they believe in the coach) but never really understand why the advice should be followed.

If the coach asks them questions and guides them to understanding the correct answer it becomes their solution and they will not only be able to employ the tactics needed but also develop the tactics to answer more issues they face!

I hope this helps you


you Must read Think Rugby & Total Rugby By Jim Greenwood after doing so you will have all the answers you need, trust me. This will give you a coaching philosphys which will be a success, as each coach has to have a understanding with the players he is coaching. Barking Rugby Club Coach Co-ordinator Alan Hull

As a former teacher I always told my pupils the following " I tell you, you forget, I show you you remember parts, you do you understand" This is my philosphy also to coaching, I believe in empowering the players to make their own decisions. I may suggest an improvement, but in the main the ownership belongs to the player- never underestimate the player ERIC STOKEs

All the styles have their place - it depends upon the audience, the situation and the leader. The main thing for whatever style you use is to be POSITIVE, to encourage and celebrate success and improvement. Apparently rugby is supposed to be fun, even at the higher levels of the game - it's much easier to have fun (and therefore come back) if coaches are positive rather than picking up every error and being negative about all the things to be improved on. It's easy to be negative and see things that can be done better - but constant negativity erodes confidence and eventually becomes self-fulfilling. If you aim for the stars and fail, you will still reach the moon.

It's really encouraging to see these like minded and positive comments posted. Empowering players through questioning techniques (in context) accelerates their development and understanding no end. Though in early years you might have to be a little more 'directive', as they mature and their technical ability improves, using small sided game related scenarios in training has really paid dividends over yet more endless drills. Coach Esher RFC Academy

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