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Don’t read this if you are already a great coach by David Clarke

What sort of coach are you?

I can easily patronise with what I am about to say, so be warned!

Are you the sort of coach who listens to others with every intention of changing what you do IF you think they have said something worthwhile.

Read that sentence again: “with every intention”. That is a very open minded coach. There are dangers with being that sort of coach. You can become unpredictable and confusing to your players.

But it is a healthy attitude to take if you want to develop yourself. As long as you carefully integrate new thoughts in your planning and action, then the positives keep you and your coaching fresh.

Anecdotally I reckon that only one in ten coaches is capable of this. Am I right?

Some areas of the game are “off-limits” for new ideas for some coaches. Imagine telling a former tight head about how to scrummage…

These “off-limits” areas are perhaps justified in the case of a tighthead – well only just. But take an area like tackling. In an area where safety is paramount, coaches will often think back to their own experiences of “learning” to tackle and not listen to new ideas. “I was taught this way, and it was safe…”

And finally: there are coaches who like to have thought of the technique/tactic before. It is a challenge to be told something that they don’t do already. I regard myself as quite open. It goes with the job. I hear new ideas everyday. But I sometimes have to check myself when I hear something I think I should know. I need to listen and not reject.

You never stop learning. Every great coach knows that. That’s why you have kept reading!

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