In this collaborative podcast, Dan Cottrell talks to six coaches across the grassroots spectrum. He asks them about the new regulation for teams up to U18s in England, where all match day squad players must play at least half a game.We discuss:Why did it need to be implementedWill the sanctions work and howWhat changes you might need to makeHow do you deal with large squadsWhat has been the experience in Wales where they have been using this rule alreadyThe contributorsNathan Gosling - Coach and teacher in Devon, North Devon DPP lead coach and a coach for Barnstaple u16s, coach mentor/helper Barnstaple Junior sectionIan Hollingworth - Kids First Coach Coordinator, Billericay RFC and DPP lead coach in EssexTim Ravenscroft - Age Grade chair with Gloucestershire and U12s coachIan "Spike" Milligan - co-author of Mini and Youth Rugby, and Club Coaching Coordinator plus coaches the Bury Foxes women's teamAndy Stevens, Kids First chair at Ellingham and Ringwood club, and U11s club coachMike Gravenor, coaching at Mumbles, Wales, with over 12 years experience coaching across three different teams
We spend so much time on coaching the usual suspects of technical, tactical and conditioning, that we can not spend enough time on the unusual suspects.Andy Brownhill, head of rugby at Park House School, Newbury, a pathway coach with Gloucester academy and a coach with Scotland U16s discusses with me:How to use hot feedback to create tempoUsing different questions with different playersWhat he calls the unusual suspects and whyWhat sessions can look like with different levels of playerWhen there's a place for drills and when to use them effectively
Dr Anna Stodter specialises in how coaches learn. Her research gives us an important insight into the impact of coaching courses and how wider learning influences your knowledge and practice.She's a lecturer at Anglia Ruskin university, plays for Saracens and has been capped by Scotland, plus coaches Cambridge University Women’s team.In our conversation, we discuss:What might a coach need to learnWhy that learning is different from what players learnHow we can improve our experience of going on coursesWhat are the three key aspects that courses could concentrate onHow coaching context, biography, and intrapersonal skills make a big difference
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