Your players and their individual strengths are the assets of your rugby team. Where to put the different players? Where they make most of their talents? Especially in the Netherlands with little players available, this is an interesting puzzle. You have to look at the competences required for an individual role and match those on what is on offer. No match? Then you know what you have to do: develop the required qualities in the players yourself.
It is important that all players have a good understanding of the role of each position in the team. Only then the players can gel into a team and understand how to optimise player performance. This is defined as
Role Clarity – Role Acceptance – Role Performance
This means that each player has to understand what he should do (and should not do), accept that part of playing in that position (most of the time we seen to skip this step) and then performing the tasks related to that role. Everybody should feel responsible to perform his task. It is your job as a coach to help players identify their tasks.
Some tasks are the same for each position, working on those is your first priority :
- Must be fit: define fit;
- Should tackle;
- Maintain possession of the ball in a tackle;
- Must catch the ball and throw a decent pass;
- Support the ball carrier;
- Able to take the best field position without the ball;
- Must be willing to fix somebody else his mistakes; immediately;
Enjoy the rugby player profiles on my website and building your own High Performance Super Team…
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