Filed under: Dan Cottrell, Rugby Team Management | Tags: Better Rugby Coaching, coaching development, development v winning
When you are building your team, what are you striving for?
There are two things I want. First, I love winning. And first, I want the players to enjoy their rugby in the long run.
Er…that doesn’t make sense or always work together. Development versus winning is constant battle for many coaches.
The clever rugby coach can have both. If you are at the top of the tree, you have to. You may have to compromise development to win, but you still need development. You can do this by the rugby drills and rugby skills you coach.
You have to enjoy what you are doing. You have to be amongst friends. That is where it is worth drawing the line on winning and development. Be with players who share your vision and lose the players who are in it for themselves, even if they are the best player.