I’m the coach! Don’t question me!

I thought I knew the difference between what good coaching was and what it wasn’t when I first began coaching by accident six years ago. I knew it definitely wasn’t those unplanned, harry casual – couldn’t care less training sessions I had in High School. It surely was not those ‘toughen up’ koppestamp[i], fitness and mental toughness sessions that the coaches got us English softies to … Read More

Let ’em play! Experiencing the player centred approach

I learnt more than I thought I would today after coaching a group of 8yr olds. For the first time I thought I would try something that I have read about, that I believe is the best way to coach, but have yet to fully use it in action. I have used it in small ways, confident it works, but … Read More

Let us play! A players perspective

The opposition knock the ball on and we are rewarded a scrum just inside their half of the field. I check with my centers to see if they are keen to have a crack. Of course they are. I call an attacking move and the message is conveyed to the forwards. Suddenly, I hear one of our coaches yelling my name. I turn to look, and I see him signalling to me to kick the ball into the corner. I don’t understand. We have two of the best attacking schoolboy centers in the country, and wings that were selected for their deadly finishing. Why do we want to play the game without the ball?

Don’t throw 50/50 passes!!

Myths can sometimes become reality when enough people repeat them without question and this is what I believe has happened with the common held belief that fancy passes or offloads, commonly referred to as 50/50’s, are the cause of teams losing games. The problem with this belief is that instead of losing games, I believe the 50/50 passes actually win … Read More

Flipping Fantastic!

The traditional way of doing video analysis has usually been for the coach to sit their players down and go through the game footage with them and pin point areas where they could or should have done better. The focus of these meetings is usually focused around errors the players have made and because of this an intensely negative environment … Read More