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Motivation is something many coaches talk about. Some read about it and try to learn the secrets of motivation in a bid to help their athletes achieve the impossible. Others spend money on motivational speakers Read more…. Letters from Coaches… This morning I received an email from a Rugby coach in New Zealand about the evolution of leadership and coaching in rugby. Thought it would be of interest to everyone who coaches any football code — or any team sport for that matter: The clock constantly runs and play only stops during the match for penalties.
Essentially, the average rugby player is constantly in motion varying between jog and all out sprint. Any player may carry the ball and is capable of scoring. A try is worth 5 points, after which a conversion kick is awarded, allowing for the chance to score 2 additional points if successful. There are also other means of scoring, the first being a drop goal.
In order for the drop goal to count, the ball must make contact with the ground before being kicked essentially dropped then kicked, making it a difficult maneuver. A penalty kick can also be granted for certain penalties, allowing for a free kick from the site of the infraction as long as it is behind the 22 meter line. The penalty kick is also worth 3 points.
So how do teams go about scoring? There are various elements that occur during play after certain events. By following along with an imaginary scenario of how a match might progress, we can analyze these elements.
At the start of the match and immediately following halftime, there is a kickoff from the 50 meter line. Who kicks off is decided by a coin toss before match play begins. A kickoff also occurs after a team scores a try. Upon receiving the kick, players will attempt to advance the ball up the field either by running, passing, or kicking. Any player can run the ball; however, teammates are not allowed to block defenders from tackling the ball carrier, and it is illegal to use your teammates as a shield when carrying the ball.
Passing is allowed, but only in the form of a reverse lateral, meaning that the player you are passing to must be behind you on the field of play. Laterals and forward laterals result in penalties. What forms out of this is known as the ruck. While being tackled, the ball carrier will attempt to roll so that his back is facing the defense and will shield the ball with his body. All this must be simultaneous with the tackle, as a player on the ground is not allowed to guard or handle the ball at all with their hands.
While the tackled player is shielding the ball, pack players from his team usually 2 or 3 will move over him in an attempt to keep the defense away from the ball, which anyone can take at this point. Assuming the defense has not recovered the ball, another offensive player, usually the scrum half, will come in, retrieve the ball, and pass it out to the backs, allowing play to continue. Depending on the violation, the opposing team is presented with options from the official.
Many penalties result in the other team being awarded a scrum. A scrum is the most recognizable of the rugby formations, and you have likely seen pictures of it before. With both teams having created this formation, the two masses face each other and lock shoulder, with a tunnel naturally being created between the front rows.
The object is then to drive the opposite team off the ball, carrying the ball underneath your own team no hands allowed and into the hands of the scrum half, who is now there awaiting it. Assuming this is successful, the ball is the passed out to the backs and play continues.
The scrum is generally a very rough place, and is most likely the inspiration of Ralph Waldo Emerson when he wrote:. How do I get up to their level of conditioning quickly? Be the first to practice and the last to leave. Do cross-training in the form of swimming and running. Not Helpful 12 Helpful How can I get better at tackling people who are actually moving? I am good at it when they are not moving, but don't have a good success rate otherwise. Practice at a low speed, and then build up to full speed and contact.
Practice front on, side on both sides and from behind chasing down another player ; the key is timing. Take note of how attackers are beating you and work on that aspect. Answer this question Flag as Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered. Already answered Not a question Bad question Other. Tips If your approaching opponent has the ball in one hand then it is almost certain he is going to sprint hard and go into contact, so don't hesitate to tackle him!
Don't be afraid of tackling. It hurts more if you do it wrong. The aim of tackling is to get your opponent on the ground, a player can't run without his legs. Get your head behind the legs as this will prevent a knee or thigh against your head. Tighten the legs as close to each other as possible for a perfect tackle. This tackle makes you a great defender. Wrap your arms around their legs. Always make sure you are in the right body position to tackle.
Train with a friend. If the player you tackled runs again you didn't do it correctly. Be a clean player. You won't get penalized if you do things legally rather than risk high tackling and get sent off or injure someone. Never engage the tackle at full speed when they are running towards you, as this gives the other player a chance for a sidestep. Before you reach him slow down and keep your body square with his.
It makes it easier to spot a sidestep. When tackling drive with your legs hard and keep driving because this will make your opponent ether drop the ball or, it will drive him back. Always keep your head outside the tackle direction. Do not put your head between ground and opponent because you can injure your spine. Rugby In other languages: