Why rugby coaching is so important
It is proven to be true that even after minimal coaching, a group of players will approach a team ball game very differently; they will know the rules better, function as a unit and play for each other. And, the better they play the game, the more they love it. At the basic level, that is what coaching can do and why coaching is important.
But how do you become an effective coach?
To become a rugby coach, you don’t need to have been a great player - love and some knowledge of the game are the main ingredients along with a desire to share your passion with players. Your role will be to help players develop to achieve their maximum potential and to mould them into a team.
When you become a coach you’ll find that you use a variety of ways to get your message across. Obviously, you’ll talk to your players but you should be aware that research has shown that how you make your point – tone of voice and body language – has a much greater impact than what you say. Also, players learn best when they are actually involved in the learning process, so rather than just telling players what to do you will get far better results by asking them for their input on how to resolve a particular problem or presenting the problem to them and asking them to solve it themselves with you in the background if they need you.
Naturally, there is no ‘one style fits all’ solution to coaching. There will be times when just telling the players will be the best approach and times when letting the players solve a problem themselves will be best. Players are individuals and will respond differently to different styles and in different situations. How you approach each problem will depend on the player and the circumstances; in this respect experience plays a major part.
Coaching can be incredibly frustrating at time, but on the other hand be tremendously rewarding - but more importantly, it can teach you how to become a better person and leader.