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Coaching the reluctant rugby player by David Clarke

Last week I posted a blog about getting children to listen.

In my further research and then observations over the weekend I reflected on our expectations as coaches.

Over one hour of training should the players be fully concentrating on rugby the whole time?

On the one hand we would expect this because it is only an hour and they have to concentrate for longer in a match. But I think we need to be more realistic.

Elite players in a warm, comfortable environment like an indoor training faciltity will be on task most of the time. 11 year olds, on a windy pitch under lights after a full day at school, then “do the math”!

These extremes will count across all age groups, senior and junior. Our challenge as coaches is to understand these constraints and work within them. If we get frustrated by the lack of attention, then often is a whole host of uncontrollables.

I will be writing more in the next issue of Rugby Coach.

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