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My team takes 15min to really start playing...

My team takes 15min to really start playing... what should I do?

These are high school boys that have never played the sport before. After a few games, they play really well in the 2nd half but by that time we are down 2 or 3 tries. Is it a warmup issue? Nerves? Any ideas?

Hi Mike

I suggest that you look at really upping the intensity of your warm up before a game.

If you work on the following Match day preparation for a 2.30pm KO as an example it may have the effect of getting your team ready for Kick Off:

1.00pm Meet at ground

1.15pm Individual time - on pitch

1.30pm Captains address in changing room

1.35pm Handling Drill 4 sides

1.40 Team dynamic stretching

1.45 Decision Making/Handling drill

1.45pm Split Forwards/Backs- work on unit skills

2.00pm Team rucking drill

1/ 4 pads all involved

2/ 2 pads then 2 pads (forwards) then to backs

2.10pm Team width attack

2.15pm Changing rooms coaches address

2.20pm Coaches out Captain final words

2.30pm KO - WIN

Do you get poor numbers at practice? I often see teams that struggle with numbers start slowly. Having the numbers to do large, unopposed practices can help players get an idea of how to start a game in attack and defense, and give player combos time to gel in a game situation, which is probably what is happening in your first 15min.

I have suffered the same problem, I started upping the phsicallity of the warm up with competition and point scoring. Ruck of war was one warm up, pitching size against size and this helped them to switch on.

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