Stage 3: Learning to Train

STAGE 3

Learning to Train

Develop the Basics - Fundamental Sports Skills

 

The Player - EXPLORES

The players in this stage are generally 9 - 12 years old for boys and 8 - 11 years old for girls

At this stage, the players’ capacities allow them to learn through exploring. Trying out new approaches, pursuing solutions and new experiences in a controlled environment will facilitate the development of the player. Individuals are capable of problem solving and should be encouraged to express their opinions.

 

The Coach - TEACHES

Due to maturation, the players are now capable of longer periods of concentration and att ention; therefore teaching rather than guiding is more appropriate for accelerating learning. Knowledge of how to facilitate progressions and learning through understanding is critical for development.

 

The Game - STRUCTURED

Now that players have the capacity for greater understanding and technical competence, the game develops from open play to a more structured format to include the development of basic unit play (restarts - forwards and backs). The game is still fun, safe and enjoyable with ample running, passing and the intoduction of tackling.

Learning to Train Player Capacities

 

Technical Capacities

1

Evasion Skills

 

Swerve

Off both feet / directions

Ability to get past defender

Sidestep

Off both feet

Weight transfer

Ability to get past a defender

Speed

Change of pace

2

Handling Skills

 

Throwing

Variety of styles:

One handed, two handed, overarm and underarm

Varying length of pass

Differing directions

Catching 

Hands in W Shape

Hands above eyes

Bringing into the body

Passing

Lateral

Moving the ball across the body

Off the ground

Pop

Switch

Miss

Loop

Basic Ball Control

Individual ball skills 

Picking the ball up and placing the ball on the ground

Picking the ball up and passing

Controlling the ball in “contact”

Coordination

Hand-eye coordination

Grabbing flags

 

3

Contact Skills - U12

 

Confidence in Contact

Body management

Bump and pass

Off loading

Passing in contact

Control the ball

Rolling

Falling

Contact with the ground

Bumping

Contact with players on ground

Safe Tackling Technique

Side Tackle

Front Tackle

Tackle from behind

Getting back to feet

Rejoining the game

4

Scrum Skills - U12

 

Basic Body Position

Stability

Safety

Core strength

Formation

Foot position

Stability

Eyes on the target zone

Engagement

Stability

Safety

Binding 

Hooking

Scrum Half

Delivery

Pass from scrum

5

Lineout Skills - U12

 

Basic Body Position

Safety in Jumping

Catching

Throwing

Simple over head throw Basic Body Position

Receiver

Catching the ball

Pass from the lineout

 

6

Backline Attack

 

Re-Alignment

Depth

Width

Support Running

Going with the ball carrier - not leaving isolated

Decision-Making

Identifying space

Attacking space

7

Kicking

 

Basic Ball Control

Individual skills

Dribbling

Game Kicking

Drop kick

Punt

Kicking along the ground

 

Tactical Capacities

1

Laws/Ethics

 

Knowledge of U10 Flag Rugby Laws

Pass Backwards

Offside

Free Pass

Knowledge of U12 Modified Contact Laws

Tackle

Lineout

Scrum

Advantage

Concepts of Honesty and Responsibility

Concepts of Sporting conduct

Perspective on sport

2

The Game

 

U10 Rugby

Flag Rugby / Touch Rugby

7v7

U12 Rugby

Modified Contact 

7v7

 

3

Principles

 

Go Forward

Running

Evasion

Support

Running lines

Passing backwards to team mates

Continuity

Maintaining possession

Introduction to Team Play

Collective action in attack and defense


Physical Capacities 

1

Agility

2

Awareness of Body in Space

3

Balance - Static and Dynamic

4

Coordination and Manipulation

5

Speed and Locomotion

6

Warm Up and Cool Down

7

Introduction to Triple Extension

 

Me
ntal Capacities

1

Development of Self Imagine

2

Social Confidence - Response Positive Reinforcement

3

Enthusiasm and Commitment

4

Focus and Concentration

 


Lifestyle Capacities
 

1

Identification with Positive Role Models

2

Self Expression

3

Creative Thinking

4

Communication Skills

5

Work As Part of a Team

6

Self-control - Balance Personal Wants / Needs with Others

7

Awareness of Health and Safety Issues

 

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