Stage 5: Training to Compete

STAGE 5

Training to Compete

Develop the Engine

 

The Player - SPECIALIZES

The players in this stage are generally around 16 - 19 years old for boys and around 15 - 18 years old for girls

Players are more likely to have committed themselves to rugby as their chief sport. They are more willing to invest a significant amount of time and energy to become successful. They are driven and are fiercely competitive with a greater capacity for all game related competencies. Players pay more attention to developing themselves as positional specialists in order to undertake their functional roles.

Players at this stage are capable of independent thinking and of taking greater responsibility while also contributing more toward problem solving.

 

The Coach - FACILITATES

Since players have the capacity for greater input, the role of the coach shifts towards facilitation. Allowing opportunity for opinions and problem solving is critical if players are to develop confidence and relative autonomy.

The coach will still need to employ teaching, challenging and guiding skills where appropriate. The emphasis should be on developing players’ ability to navigate rather than replicate.

 

The Game - OUTCOMES

The game becomes fiercely competitive with positional specialists influencing games, mini units and units well are synchronized and team play concentrates on reducing errors and maximizing success. The focus is on achieving desired outcomes with respect to attacking and defensive goals (team, unit, mini-unit).

Training to Compete Player Capacities

 

Technical Capacities

1

Evasion Skills

 

Refine Key Evasion Skills

Swerve

Sidestep

Speed

Under pressure

Decision making situations

2

Handling Skills

 

Continue To Develop Skills By Adding Pressure Through Decision Making Games

Refine Passing Skills

Improve length of pass range

Improve accuracy

Improve pace

Refine Catching Skills

Improve ability to take the pass from all heights and angles

Refine Scrum Half Passes

Improve length of pass range

Improve accuracy

Improve pace

 

3

Contact Skills - Defense

 

Improve Tackle Technique

Introduce Concepts

Offensive and defensive tackles

Use Momentum

Control

Body-awareness to create turnover opportunities

Leg drive

 

Use Martial Arts Techniques To Enhance Tackling Skills   

Judo

Wrestling

Controlling the Ball in the Tackle

Passing the Ball During / After Tackle - Off Loading


4

Contact Skills - Attack

 

Reinforce Correct Ball into Tackle

Develop Decision Making at the Tackle

Off load in or before

Pass before

Pop

Place

Release

 

Emphasize Foot Work / Leg Drive in the Tackle to Create Movement onto the Ball

Dominance in the Tackle

Continuity of Possession

5

Scrum Skills

 

Basic Body Position

Stability

Safety

Core strength

Second row

Back row

Ball Carrier

Ball presentation

Gaining ground from the back of the scrum and attacking the opposition

Placing the ball whilst aggressively moving momentum forward

Link Player/s

Protect the ball carrier

Ensure possession is continued

Next phase decision making

Scrum Half

Delivery

Pressure on opposition

Run with the ball to create space and drag defenders

Continue to develop decision making

Develop kicking skills

Develop tackling skills

Develop communication skills


6

Lineout Skills

 

Refine Skills and Focus on Accuracy and Consistency 

Throwing

Jumping

Supporting

Calls and Communication

Varying

Movement and Reaction

Tracking skills

Identifying opposition trigger or calls

Delivery

Develop understanding of best options for each line out

7

Maul Skills

 

Basic Body Positioning

Safety

Ball Carrier

Strong base to ensure possession

Support / Arriving Player/s

Secure possession

Deliver the ball

8

Breakdown Skills

 

Basic Body Positioning

Safety

Ball Carrier

Leg drive in contact

Ball presentation

Support / Arriving Player/s

Protect

On feet

Head Up

Strong position

Secure possession

Protect ball carrier

9

Backline Attack

 

Awareness of Formal Role in Team Pattern


10

Defense

 

Support at Breakdown to Secure Possession

Counter Rucking

Creating of Pillars and Posts

Develop Communication

Awareness of Attacking Pattern

Develop Strong Defense in “Scoring Zones”

Ability to Quickly Change to Offense

Screening

Develop Line Speed in Organised Pattern


11

Kicking

 

Restart Specialist

Goal Kicking Specialist

Organizing Kick and Chase

12

Restarts - Receiving Team

 

Formation

Tracking the Ball in the Air

Catch / Deflect the Ball

Protect and Deliver the Ball

Use Platform to Attack

13

Restarts - Kicking Team

 

Drop Kick

Move Forward Maintaining Organization to Apply Pressure

Contest Possession / Territory From Being Gained

14

Support - Attack and Defense

 

Anticipate how play will develop

Appropriate lines of running

Appropriate positioning

Width

Depth

 

 

Tactical Capacities 

1

Laws/Ethics

 

Understanding of the Laws of the Game

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Understands laws as relate to their position

Understand the laws that govern the breakdown, scrum, lineout and offside

Penalties and Sanctions

Sevens Laws

Appreciation For Consequences of Own Actions

2

The Game

 

Effective Set Piece

Understand Game Plans

Choice / Selection of Tactical Options to Exploit Space

Develop position specific requirements

3

Principles

 

Refine Team Play

Go Forward

Running

Evasion

Organized defense

Support

Decision making opportunities to help team mates

Maintain Possession

Disrupt Possession

Pressurize Opposition

 

 

Physical Capacities

1

Strength 

2

Power - Including Triple Extensions

3

Mobility

4

Speed

5

Acceleration

6

Rugby Specific Multi - Activity Endurance 

7

Pre Habitation

 


Mental Capacities

1

Goal Setting

 

Medium Term

2

Motivation

3

Determination

4

Concentration

 

Key Factors

Key Tacks

 

 

Lifestyle Capacities

1

Independent Thinking

2

Career Planing

3

Acceptance of Structure and Discipline

4

Established Self Identity

5

Life Balance 

6

Coping With Pressures

 

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