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My experience is that at club level the answer is no to until the age of 15. From the ages six to 11 I would definitely mix up the players. After that, as the players grow at very different rates (physically that is), then you might want to stream them.
It would be great if all your forwards were at every session. But, because it rarely happens, you need to have set-piece activities that allow you to maximise your time together. We have a vast array of activities that can help you achieve, and it starts with our lineout session builder. Also highlighted below are ways to develop timing and techniques to ensure you win that set piece every time.
The hardest task in coaching isn’t what you coach, it’s how you coach. More specifically, it is how you differentiate your coaching. You have an array of talents in front of you and some of them will be better than others. Since you want to improve all the players, how do you stretch those at the top without leaving behind those at the bottom?
While the RFU development department publish another survey to support the view that young players value many other things in their sport before they value winning, it’s clear that not all coaches have got that message. However, no matter how competitive you are as a coach, I wonder whether you think you are a hard or soft coach? I don’t think you can be both.
Good scrum ball is one of the most powerful sources of possession, whether you are trying to score tries or simply clear your lines. As a coach, you may have been lucky enough to play in the forwards and know your way around the scrum. However, there’s so much that’s new, it’s important to know whether you are up-to-date. If you don’t have that experience, just what do you need to work on first?
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