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Key Learnings

Inspiring Behavioural Change | Key Learnings and Impact on Behaviours

Coaches responses evidenced a real personalisation of learning, promoting reflection and application within their coaching environment
Feedback April 2021
  • Being reflective, giving ownership to the players.

  • Definitely having a better understanding with my co-coaches around what we want out of the session and the roles we might take on

  • Structure , clarity and enjoyment

  • I'm now giving specific tasks to co-coaches which has helped improve their involvement in sessions and the net session outcomes. Feedback is now more personal to the individual, and more 1-to-1 rather than across the group (although group feedback still prominent). Coaches are also feeding back to each other more post-session. I'm also practising to be better at feeding forward (really like how impactful this can be especially with not so confident players). Session design has improved and I'm now looking at the Cues and Actions more than I probably did before, so making the sessions more relatable to the required/desired outcome.

  • More structure, not ignoring the negative voices, improved feedback loop.

  • Provoked deeper self-reflection and analysis

  • Wider planning involving co-coaches, peer review process more in-depth during and after sessions.

  • Embrace co-coaching; the benefits of feedback ( player and coach); reiteration of the importance of planning sessions; think about how the coaching is going to be received; more player participation etc

  • SWOT planning and goal setting to have focus really helps, there is always my WHY I do things and co coaching has always been a part of my coaching so it was nice to go into more depth on this

  • Timing of feedback. Implementation of non-negotiables in sessions

  • Asking questions in order to found out from the players is huge as I'm still in DO in order of saying how do you feel you could do this or that !

  • It has made me more thoughtful of my approach and means I no longer feel the need to keep trying new drills/games but instead the same ones but differently getting the players to lead it more.

  • The feedback session was the most valuable to me. Really made me think about how we as Coaches communicate. Both to our players, and to ourselves etc. Jon Bates left me with one really important line that he indicated as a key to successful Coaching. Subsequently have encouraged our WRFC Coaches to think very hard about his quote and implement into our sessions; “What to intervene with/When too intervene and Why....?”

  • Co coaching - It has helped me define a structure/standard. The two coaches I have with me in the U17 stand back, now I can give them specific roles. I have also joined the U15s on a Tuesday night. In the four years I have had me level 2, I have always been lead, the only place I can go to "see how it should be" is the Magic Academy and webinars such as this. The u15s have a strong lead coach (he also coaches seniors) Did a session last Tuesday. He has two "helpers" two strong ex-players, but they struggle to have a co coaching structure. I will be running skill zones the next six sessions.

  • Key message was planning and adaptation

  • The need to plan actions, coach roles and be deliberate with game design to meet your themes

  • - A lot of my initial perceived weaknesses are centred around the lack of personal elite playing experience and lack of experience improving/gaining a greater understanding of coaching forwards set piece in the 15-a-side game. - This has shifted to being better able to use, support and benefit from co-coaches and how co-coaches can have a huge impact on session design. - This will ensure whenever I plan a session I will come back to the questions: -- Does it nurture and provide opportunities to optimise performance capabilities of the player? -- Does it nurture and provide opportunities to optimise coaching performance capabilities?

  • It allowed me to consider the three session's learning in a wider context and what my personal goals are and: -- How does it relate to London Irish DPP? -- How does it relate to Saracens Amateurs RFC? -- How does it relate to my teaching? Framing the feedback in a way that the recipient is happy to receive/absorb and action the feedback, continuing to frame immediate, online feedback appropriately "good effort, love the intent, great idea" as opposed to "unlucky".

  • How clever, open questions can enhance learning opportunities and develop players in mixed ability settings. "What do you see?" How has/can/will my session design create behavioural changes: -- Physically -- Technically -- Tactically -- Mentally -- Emotionally ... and how can this be achieved through a balance of implicit vs explicit learning, combining and utilising the benefits of conditioned vs adaptive games and what "noticing" I have done throughout. I will then be able to decide how I use those observations, what the impact of the observations/analysis is and how it informs future coaching/session design.

  • More collaboration and better communication - among coaches but between coaches / players. Only just starting to put these into practice with return to rugby, but will hopefully benefit everyone in the long run.

  • Probably can’t pin this to one. But that’s on me more than the session delivery. Creating an action plan probably my key takeaway

  • Reinforced a lot of what I try to do already and learnt on L3, but also emphasised importance of different methods of feedback and timing.

  • I liked the co-coaching principles and using the boys more extensively to help out with the sessions. liked the idea of feedforward to set goals for individual players, and emphasis on positive language to encourage behaviour change.

  • How to plan sessions, how to act as a co-coach, game design, how to give feedback

  • How difficult it is to design games and the process and thought needed to make it successful

  • How to utilise co coaching. Plan a simple role for each person. Use the theme of the session to tie in the idea. Using feedback as a central part of coaching.

  • Always should be looking to develop; seek feedback from everywhere; pause for thought.

  • Always learn from these courses some good stuff on provision of feedback and behaviours

  • Key learnings for me was that coaching issues are largely shared by others and having the chance to talk them through and look at different solutions is really valuable.

  • To self-reflect, step back, listen & observe. Less is more, co-coaching and player feedback and feed forward and the impact it can have. Keep reviewing my SWOT.

  • Have helped with planning around a focus/ principle. Have helped creating more opportunities for positive feedback and 'feedforward '.

  • I felt challenged on how I engage with my group of coaches, and clarified the need to empower them more to get the most out of our sessions with the players.

  • it was great to listen to different coaches from grass roots through to professional coaches

  • Greater insight into different processes' available

  • Learning to listen and reflection has had a huge impact

  • More aware of lower ability players

  • Assigning coaches in a different manner to before. Thinking about how and when I give feedback and also on the design, how to knit everything together.

  • How I deliver feedback

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