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Dedication to Continuous Improvement or “Kaizen” - Blog Entry for

Beth Barz, ChPC - Rugby

Dedication to Continuous Improvement or “Kaizen”

“Kaizen”, or the art of continuous improvement, was studied extensively in the early 2000s. The concept is that a system (or person) can benefit from continuous improvement over time, rather than monumental changes that happen irregularly or at long intervals. For coaches, we need to focus on kaizen for our athletes and programs, and also for ourselves. Here are two quick ways to ensure you can make kaizen happen in your own coaching practice.

1. Ask questions
2. Read

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ONTARIO COACHES CONFERENCE 2015: Breakthrough - Taking Your Coaching to the Next Level


Breakthrough - taking your coaching to the next level

Keith Wilkinson and Lina Febbraro

With over 200 fellow coaches, we attended the 2015 Ontario Coaches’ conference at the Sheraton Parkway hotel in Richmond Hill. The conference is held annually and this year’s theme was “Breakthrough. Taking Your Coaching to the Next Level.” We both attended workshops and we have included links to thePowerpoint notes from some of the sessions.

The conference provided an opportunity to share principles and good practice, hear new ideas, examine competency-based learning and marvel at Jamie McDonald’s “Find Your Super Power.” As well as the conference, participants had the opportunity to study three days of PD courses for NCCP qualifications. Courses included Aboriginal Coaching module; Leading Drug Free SportFundamental Movement SkillsManaging Conflict; Prevention and Recovery from Injury; Psychology of Performance and, Resistance training. There was a presentation from High Five Linking Resiliency with Coaching and a number of HP stream linked workshops.  

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Keith Wilkinson


For three days in September 2012, I attended a safety workshop in Mississauga for a major energy company. The workshop was led by three learning facilitators from a professional training company and I was able to compare and contrast their approach and facilitation with those of NCCP LFs.

Later in the Fall, I attended a three day CAO ( Coaching Association of Ontario) Facilitators workshop in Gravenhurst. The facilitation and approach was surprisingly similar, given the differences between corporate and sports coaching contexts.

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Policy Change - Coaches Certification Requirement for 2012 Season

Policy 4.3.10 was adjusted to the following:

All registered coaches coaching under 8 to under 10 rugby must have trained status inNCCP Community Initiation – Non-Contact Rugby. A trained status in NCCP Community Initiation – Contact Rugby or NCCP Competition Introduction Rugby or certification inNCCP Rugby Level 1 also satisfies this requirement.

All registered coaches coaching under 12 to under 16 rugby must have trained status inNCCP Community Initiation – Contact Rugby. A trained status in NCCP Competition Introduction Rugby or certification in NCCP Rugby Level 1 also satisfies this requirement.

 All registered coaches coaching under 18 to Senior must have certified status in NCCP Competition Introduction Rugby. A certification in NCCP Rugby Level 2 also satisfies this requirement.

(in effect for 2012

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2011 a Year in Review from RO Technical Department

2011 was a very busy year for the Rugby Ontario Technical Department with a revision of a number of major programs. On reflection we are very happy with what we have accomplished over the past 12 months however the work has only begun and we will be looking to build off of what was done this year to continue to drive Rugby forward.

Shaun and I want to wish everyone in and around the Rugby community a wonderful holiday season and a safe New Year.

We will be back in action in early 2012 ready for another great year of Rugby in Ontario and across Canada.

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Sense of the Game

How can coaches encourage “game sense” to help players read what is happening? How can coaches persuade players to assume responsibility for their actions in the pressure of a Rugby match? How can coaches underpin “Game Sense” by developing a players’ understanding of the Game and what options are available to them at any given moment?

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Developing “Game Sense“ in Rugby

Keith Wilkinson, current Master Learning Facilitator for Coach Education, former international player, coach and manager writes an excellent article further detailing how to Develop "Game Sense" in Rugby.

In the fifty years I have been involved in Rugby, the ability to “read” a game has always been prized, but often only as an afterthought.  These days, it may be called “Game Sense,” but it means the same: An ability to understand and make decisions in the heat and pressure of a Game.  

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Sealing OFF

André Watson, South Africa's refereeing boss, has spoken to referees and coaches about a slack application of the tackle law which forbids the action popularly known as 'sealing off'. He warned that referees who failed to stop sealing off risked being benched.

Sealing off occurs after a ball-carrier has been tackled and a support player or support players fall on to of the tackled player to ensure that their side can get the ball by preventing opponents from getting to it. This is against the principle of having a fair contest for the ball after a tackle.

This is contrary to Law 15 which requires arriving players to be on their feet to contest the ball.

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A Game Sense Approach to Coaching.

As Technical Director of Rugby Ontario I spend a lot of time around the playing and practicing of rugby in Ontario and across Canada. One thing often stands out to me as one fundamental issue (amongst others) that coaches must address for the betterment of the game.

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ReFlections from Andrew McMaster from Nations Cup

 Overall, the experience was what I expected, with some high-level play and good knowledge and compliance by players. That being said, the three referees undoubtedly brought the level of play by being both strict and consistent. I was a little surprised by how informal the PR process was, but the three referees were all at the end of their season, so this may have played a role. With regard to specific thoughts on my experience on the pitch, I have broken it down into three categories – communication, technical observation and tactical considerations – to be in line with my weekly game planning and review process.

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