Filed under: Dan Cottrell, Rugby Coaching, Rugby Skills | Tags: coaching u9s, coaching under 10s, handling skills, passing skills, rugby good practice, rugby templates
What you see is what you correct.
You need to know what is right, and right for the players you are coaching. Expectations must be managed.
This picture, taken from one of my Under 9 training sessions, shows a great template. I would like to think it happens all the time, but it doesn’t!
What is good:
1. The passer is balanced, hips towards the intended target with both hands on the ball.
2. The passer is looking at the target.
3. The receiver is making a target with his hands.
4. There is a support player coming at pace, and calling for the ball.
5. One of the defenders is moving forward to close down space.
What could be improved:
1. The receiver could be generating more pace onto the ball.
2. The support player could be deeper.
3. The inside tackler could be closing down the space.
We could take more pictures and video at training. There are plenty of other pictures from this session which show why Under 9s tackle poorly. Being used to tag, they don’t engage with the shoulder. I need to help my players work on that.