Below are five coaching methods that can be used as a valuable tool to teach players the essential skills of Rugby League:
1) D.E.P.E Method
- Demonstration- tell and show the players exactly what you are going to teach them.
- Explanation – explain the main teaching points of the skill to the participants.
- Practice- allow players to perform the skill and give players time to practice and develop confidence before providing large amounts of feedback.
- Evaluation- most effective when supplied immediately after participation.
2) Whole-Part-Whole Teaching Method
This teaching method is a good way to teach complex skills that are comprised of a number of smaller movements or skills that can be taught separately.
- STEP ONE – Demonstrate the Whole Skill
- STEP TWO – Teach Separate Parts
- STEP THREE – Practice the Whole Skill
3) Game Sense Approach
- Game Sense is an approach to coaching which involves the use of games to develop an understanding of tactics and game concepts, while enabling the performance of skills in a realistic environment.
- Game Sense makes a game the focus of a practice session rather than technique.
- It challenges the players to think about what they are actually doing and why.
- The coach/teacher becomes a facilitator, setting tasks to be solved and creating situations where players take on the responsibility of finding solutions for themselves.
- Game sense involves the principle of moving from simple challenges in games to progressively more complex ones. This progression can involve the movement from a relatively structured environment to a more open one.
4) Providing Proper Feedback
Feedback to your players must be:
- Specific and concise
- Positive and immediate
- Constructive (performance-based)
- Individual and/or group
- Offering remedial solutions
- Encouraging self-assessment/reflection
5.) Principles for Better Practice
- Make the practice game-specific and use the Game Sense approach frequently
- Keep practices short and frequent
- Make maximum use of equipment, facilities and assistants
- Provide proper feedback and correction
- Make sure that the players achieve reasonable success at every session
For further information please refer to the Teaching Rugby League Skills Handbook