Restric your messages when coaching rugby league

Limit your messages

One of the most common frustrations of modern Rugby League is we don’t produce enough “Quality” Pivots but do we ever stop to ask why?

The answer is, on fields all over the country on a Sunday morning where players develop playing for there community clubs however it doesn't just stop there it also goes on during there time in Academy and Rep Football and IF they get to first grade we have the finished article a robot.

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Skills needed to play prop

Rugby league over the last 15 or 20 years has changed massively, early 90s the props were carrying a bit of timber and rotated often but the modern day prop is a finely tuned athlete the same as a centre and winger, some teams have bigger and stronger wingers than others prop forwards, Lesley Vinakolo a case in point when he was at Bradford and Ryan Hall currently playing for Leeds. It's fair to say that in Junior rugby league your props are dictated by their size and speed, the chunkier lads

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Pass ‘N’ Score – SSG

This pass and score game is really adaptable as it allows your players to practice their handling skills whilst being challenged under preassure. It also makes them play with their heads up and react to situations that are ever evolving.

If you are practicing handling around the body and round legs to test grip etc I suspect most will have done it with the players in lines racing each other to a cone and back practicing the skill. It works but isn't very game related.

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Ground Ball Retrieval – SSG

So you start coaching and go on an RFL coaching course and they teach you the basics of passing, tackling and even some kicking but they are all taught as static and drill based, someone kicks a ball and someone else catches it and kicks it back or someone kicks it and someone else chases it but how does that relate to the game in the real world, how does a player learn about decision making, when to drop on the ball and when to pick it up on the run, when they have time or they have to attack the ball?

Play the ball – See Saw drill


This drill uses many parts of the game of Rugby League and allows you to concentrate on different core skills depending on what you want to teach your team. A ‘See Saw’ drill is one that basically goes across to one side and then turns around and goes straight back to the other side a little like a see saw, you will understand better when you watch the videos. This is quite an advanced drill and probably not one you should be using much under 12 or 13 years old as the kids will struggle to understand it.

Core Stability

The foundation for safe and dynamic movement

You may have heard people within Rugby League talking about the core or core stability but what is it and how does it help Rugby League players?

The stability of the Core or Trunk is the foundation for explosive movement and control so Agility, Balance and Co-Ordination. Benefits of developing ‘core stability’ In Rugby League terms, you become more stable in contact, better able to withstand tackles, and solid in your ability to receive and offload the ball. By training specifically for core stability, you gain a number of benefits.

Controlling the Touchline

“Spectators screaming at players and the referee achieves nothing.”

I have stood on the touchlines up and down the country watching games that I have been involved in and others that I have just gone along to watch and every game has one common factor, the touchline full of spectators screaming and shouting at both the players and the referee. Some of the comments that I have heard and reactions that I have seen have bordered on child abuse, not physical but mental which is regarded by some in the clinical profession as the worst form.