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Saying “listen” is the last resort to get others to listen by David Clarke

I am currently writing an article on the one of the most difficult jobs for a junior rugby coach: getting players to listen.

In my research I have watched coaches struggle to get their young charges to stop, shut up and take in what is being said.

Sound familiar?

Gaining the “listening attention” of any player is an acquired art, perhaps even a science. Rugby coaches are not always trained teachers. And some teachers are not able to make it happen all the time themselves.

If you are saying “listen” then you are several stages beyond the state you want to be in.

Here is a quick tip: call in the players, be silent and wait for the players to be quiet. Demand silence before you start speaking. Stop speaking (giving instructions for instance) if there is any noise.

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I’ve noticed it helps to “focus” the boys after sending them on a sprint to the scrum sled and back. A nice 50 meter jaunt.

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