Last Updated on Sunday, 04 September 2011 05:52
Learning to train (L2T)
This page is based on the LTAD website, the Irish LTPD, the RFU LTAD Booklet and our implementation for the Dutch Rugby Union: Meerjaren Opleidingsplan Rugby (MOR). You can download related pdf documents on the Free Download section of my website.
Players in this category are approximately 12-14, or even younger.
Developing the fundamental rugby skills. Quote LTPD: [The emphasis is now on refinement and maintenance of the athlete’s physical capacities, fundamental movement skills and the acquisition of rugby specific skills. This is allied to the continuation of other sporting activities throughout the school year, and during summer and winter multi-sport camps.]
So the focus is not at all on rugby alone! In the Talentdevelopment program of the NRB we include Judo, Basketball and Volleyball for instance.
We further develop the rugby head here: players understand the idea of finding space and going forward.
Learn to train (L2T) and the Rugby Teacher
Due to maturation, the players are now capable of longer periods of concentration and attention; therefore teaching rather than guiding is more appropriate for accelerating learning. Knowledge of how to facilitate learning through understanding is critical together with tactical - and technical skill development and progressions.
The Rugby Guide is involved in the next activities:
- KSS 2.1: Prepare for and delivering training sessions for his team
- KSS 3.2: Coaching the team at games & tournaments
- KSS 3.3: Organise activities
- Make rugby safe: injury prevention (why did those course developers not give this a KSS number too?)
I have set up lots of pages to help the Rugby Teacher with these tasks. Also you will find a whole archive of documents to help you on your way in a practical manner.
LTAD Rugby Teacher Coaching Course
Finally, I have set up a special coaching course for The Rugby Teacher alone, it takes you five workshops to become one. A Self Study DVD and a Rugby Teacher Coaching Manual are part of this course. Offering more information and giving you the confidence to succesfully work with youngsters. IRB Level I is a nice one-day intro but forget IRB Level II, yes, you learn about rugby it does nothing to help you to become the Rugby Teacher, a specialist for this agegroup. You are still left with questions how to make a plan for the season, what your tactical and technical goals are. Strange when you come to think of it, now we have a development model for our players, the development model of the coach does not reflect this.....