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Qualifications for Coaching Adult Rugby Union (players aged 18+)Below is an outline of each qualification (current or proposed) within the coach education model relating to coaching adult rugby union. The login process requires Javascript, but you do not appear to have it enabled in your browser.
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This adult variation will qualify you to coach and referee the 15-a-side game, gaining a Referee Level 1 certificate in the process.
Repeated countless times on my Level 2, a Player-Centred approach is believed to be the most effective way of allowing players to develop skills, parallel to facilitate their creativity. The prominent factor in coaching always surrounds the players ability, willingness and comfort in performance.
There is no doubt each player’s attitude will vary, however coaching is about getting players all to a similar level that relates to your individual goals. You may seek to win the league, win 5 home games or simply play a unique attacking style of Union, in order for performers to follow you and support one another, it can be good to lay down your vision early on and enthuse players to get the on board.
It’s also worth looking at the ability of each individual and dividing training sessions so that as a group, they blend and connect, however the less able players have time to work on both technical and tactical aspects to their game. However, without one overriding factor, enjoyment, players will never truly play at their prime standard.
As a 15-a-side coach, a solid understanding of every technical and tactical aspect of the game, plus a Laws book to hand is imperative, but most of all, an resourcefulness to pull all of those aspects together to make a rounded, high achieving squad. Undertaking the Level 1 and Level 2 continually reminds you of the 5Cs of coaching; Connection, Character, Competence, Creativity and Confidence.
Every session you lead it is important to allow all or at least a few of these components to develop, be it through encouragement, positive reinforcement or team-building games that allow the players to develop a more desirable atmosphere to play through bonding.
Personally, one thing that has stuck with me and that has changed my coaching style and lifestyle is that good coaches have vision’s, feedback, ideas etc that they continually feed across the players, be that as it may, the best coaches know when to speak and when to allow the players to think for themselves.
My approach before any top coaching experience or my RFU Level  1 was a constant need to get every desire, praise, criticism out of my head, whilst needing to explain and sometimes re-explain games or practices in a overly detailed manner.
Finally, coaching styles revolve three main areas: Autocratic, Democratic and Laissez Faire. A mix of all 3 will be sure to benefit your coaching on a dramatic scale, although always remember a Player-Centred approach so you may try to stay away from Autocratic, dictator like style. In relation to this is the Coach-Centred and Player-Centred continuum that identifies four coaching styles to be: Tell, Sell, Ask and Delegate.


At one end of the scale, a coach will sometimes need to tell a player or a group about possible handling errors they may be making and how to address them, whereas the delegate side of things will surround the nurturing of creativity and active learning.Maintain-Keeping enjoyment always in the back of your mind will go a long way in ensuring the progress of your team, aside from that though is the need to maintain participation in the sport. As tough as it is for many u16, u17 plus sides to retain players due to Sixth Form, Employment, University etc, it is vital that coaches do not fritter away players by boring, critical or disheartening practice!
So focus on maintaining participation rates at your club, and balance winning with the taking part as it were.Developing the core values is also a crucial task for coaches, particularly early on. So that your side may begin to play the sort of rugby you desire and do so as a unit, sustaining the 5 Core Values of; Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship, outlined by the RFU is a never ending process.
Always, always reflect on each session, because without reflection you will not be able to pinpoint the weaknesses in your coaching and act upon them.
Also, make sure you plan, whether it’s rough or detailed, the best coaches show strong initiative, however even the best have a rough idea of what they are going to work on and how they are going to condition it. Alongside that, when describing a game, its rules or objectives, be clear, precise and focus on a few main points.
If you over complicate things it’s easy for players to become confused, frustrated or bored. You would look to ingrain all the basic core skills, rules and other generic skills early on, developing an athlete rather than a rugby player.
Next it would be to give the player a specific role within the side, develop their physicality and tactical awareness. Finally, fine tuning all those aspects plus adding the upper most detail, so possibly looking at the dexterity of the fingers on a Scrum Half’s pass. It will always be necessary to tell players what they are doing wrong and how to correct it (fault identification), however facilitating players so that they figure out how to come to the successful outcome will engender both confidence and ability quicker in my opinion. Notice the Whole-Part-Whole plan that focuses on a group of skills in a game, then you practice a corresponding skill with more focus and then take that skill back into a pressured game. We cover everything from amateur clubs to the biggest internationals, no game is too small as far as we are concerned.



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