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Busy rugby five days and what have I learned by David Clarke

From Wednesday through to Sunday, I coached, watched and refereed rugby every day. Not unusual, but I thought I would draw breath to reflect on the three things I learned over those days.

1. Competitive nature is a force on the edge of good
2. Coaching is sometimes sudden
3. Refereeing is a thankless task, despite the thanks

Train as you play is a motto of a number of coaches. It adds pressure and motivates players to work harder. Older players may find themselves “cheating” in training to gain an advantage. How far you go to stop that is an interesting ethical debate.

More worrying, the over competitive child, who cannot control his edge. It can make him win the 50:50 possession, break a tackle, drive over to score. However he can find it difficult to accept losing. This manifests itself in arguing over decisions, whether they are right or wrong.

Striking the balance, for young and old, is a tricky coaching dilemma. Better to be in that situation than have no edge. Hard to manage though.

More on points 2 and 3 over the next few days.

Better Rugby Coaching

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