Filed under: Dan Cottrell, Rugby Coaching, Rugby News, Uncategorized | Tags: Better Rugby Coaching, brian smith, earnshaw, Rugby Coaching, Tony Hanks
Been away from the blog for a little while, though not stopped interviewing, writing and producing materials. This month alone I have been putting together articles with Brian Smith, Didier Retiere, Denis Betts, Russell Earnshaw, Tony Hanks, Justin Bishop and Richard Graham. Plus welcomed on board the Rugby Weekly Team two great new grassroots coaches who are coaching tutors and mentors.
Coaching wise I have been working with three teams, all with different cultures, ambitions and outcomes. Plus I have been speaking to lots of you about the ups and downs of coaching.
Look forward to catching with you over the Xmas period and writing about what is happening in the rugby coaching world.
Filed under: Dan Cottrell, Rugby Skills, Rugby Team Management, top tips | Tags: backs moves, great rugby tries, set moves, Super 15 moves
Some great moves to try out, but of course, they need:
1. Good set piece ball.
2. Pace onto the ball.
3. Players who are willing to change their angles to find the gaps.
4. Accurate execution of skills.
Lots of wrap arounds here by the way.
Filed under: Dan Cottrell, Rugby Coaching, Rugby Drills, Rugby Skills, Rugby Training | Tags: fast hands, quick and easy drills for rugby handling, rugby handling drills, soft handling in rugby
I like these drills because the players have to start outside their comfort zone and yet will enjoy the success when they are good at them. Ideal for warm ups and for work ons at the start of sessions.
I have used all these drills/activities and found them to work well with a good range of players. Probably a bit far advanced for Under 11s unless they are particularly skilful.
Filed under: Rugby agility, Rugby Conditioning, Rugby Drills, Rugby Team Management, Rugby Training | Tags: fun exercises, pre-season, team building, trust
Here is a team building exercise video. Obviously you can use the equipment they provide, but some of them are generic too.
Remember: rugby is a dynamic game of changing situations and these exercises can build rugby mental strength.
Filed under: Dan Cottrell, Rugby Drills | Tags: scrum drills, scrum session, using tackle tubes
I like the idea behind this session, but you might think there are some problems with the players flying off their feet.
But good for looking at scrum body profiles. Perhaps it would be good to put some weight on the bags. A cheap alternative to a scrum machine?
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: mini rugby tackling, rugby defence drills, rugby tackling drills, tackling
Loved this video, dying to try it out soon. Must be great for young players who are learning how to tackle.
Filed under: Dan Cottrell, Rugby Coaching, Rugby Training | Tags: Black Ops, coaching rugby, learning, video games
We find our kids spend too much time on them, become addicted to them and end up with pasty white faces…the curse of the video game.
But we can learn plenty from the kids “playing video games” for our own coaching.
1. Why do they play on them for so long
Because they are competitive. The players keep wanting more.
Lesson: players like to play and they enjoy a challenge.
2. They can make mistakes and not feel bad
“Game over” and start again is the worst they can hear.
Lesson: players know when they have made a mistake – don’t make a fuss, let them start again.
3. Practice makes perfect
They keep playing, experimenting and improving – the finger and eye coordination is breathtaking.
Lesson: think about the practice environment – they are playing a game, learning from their mistakes and working out how to solve the problems themselves.
4. No manuals, no help?
To start the game, they may use a brief tutorial, but then plunge straight in. However, they will want tips, cheats and shortcuts. They get this from their friends and surfing websites.
Lesson: be a port of call for problem solving, not just someone who tells them what to do. They will ask when they are ready – are you ready for them to ask?