A Statistical Analysis Study on Schoolboy Rugby

A Statistical Analysis Study on Schoolboy Rugby

Throughout the last few weeks I have been lamenting the lack of skills in schoolboy players as well as opining my reasons for this shortfall. I have also spoken about my belief that team practices should rather be based on individual skills instead of the current focus on game plans and unit skills, what I have not outlined as yet, is how I came to believe in the philosophy of players first instead of the traditional team first approach.

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Are we failing to prepare our players adequately?

Are we failing to prepare our players adequately?

Over the course of my brief coaching career I have been fascinated with the individual player’s execution of the basic skills and the techniques needed to make them work under pressure. During this time I have spoken to many coaches and players at various levels of the game to find out about the correct techniques needed to execute each skill correctly. This learning process has taken me a number of years and during this time I have formed a few opinions about the way I think coaches and players have approached skills coaching in the past and the way I believe we should approach skills coaching in the future.

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