Coaches Please Shut Up And Listen!

Coaching seems to breed a sense of arrogance that many a coach may not even realise exists; an arrogance that comes about as a result of an engrained dogma of superiority whereby the person in charge believes he possesses the necessary answers or direction to help those under him succeed. This superimposed superiority hinders more than it helps, stagnates or … Read More

Searching for Imagination… ERROR… Imagination Not Found

“So you’re saying I can invent something?” Yes, there are no rules only what works and what does not, “But hasn’t everything been invented already?” No I don’t believe so; I believe anyone can change the game in some way. “So why don’t more people invent something new then?” Good question… The above conversation was with an 8yr old, but has been … 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