How do you plan your sessions?I always plan with 3 things in mind:
- Empower the players – this could mean involving them in the design of the practices or linking the outcomes to the next opposition.
- Inspire the players – ensure the practices are realistic to the game, challenging and competitive. The players must also know what they have to do in order to succeed or win each drill (this then helps the review process).
- Expose the players – take the players outside of their comfort zone, provide problems that need to be solved and don’t be concerned if it goes wrong or looks a little messy.
How has this approach evolved? What, or who, have been your major influences – or reference points – along the way? I spent many a session getting this wrong earlier in my coaching career – making sessions look good, providing too little challenge and not stretching or being demanding of the players from a tactical or decision-making point of view.