All coaches undertake some level of planning when it comes to delivering an effective practice.  This planning could be in the form of email exchanges or phone calls to coordinate with assistant coaches, or spending the first ten minutes practice sorting out the session while the athletes play touch.   Some of the factors that go into planning are the number of athletes, their level of rugby skill and athletic ability, the length of the session, the amount of space available and the number of days to the next game.  These are all important factors when determining the goals of your practice.  It is counterproductive to plan a practice that develops advanced strategic play when the basic technical skills required are lacking – for example working on advanced scrummaging techniques (nudges/wheels) when basic body positioning is poor.   In my experience, effective coaches take a step back from session planning and start with a season plan. They establish goals for the year – what techn ...