Premiership Scholarship Day 6 – Functional roles and selections with Saracens

Day six of the Premiership Rugby Coaching Development Scholarship began with a trip to Woollams Playing Fields, home to Old Albanians RFC and the full-time training facility for Saracens. The Saracens run a “clarity day” on Fridays to prepare for the Saturday match. Practice began with non-rugby games like soccer followed by ultimate rugby. It […]

Premiership Scholarship Day 5 – Key factor analysis and principles of play with London Irish and London Scottish

Day 4 of the Premiership Coaching Development Scholarship was busy and exhausting, but the break in curriculum delivery cleared our minds for a full day of learning on Day 5. We started off with a trip to the Hazelwood Centre, the training and administrative location for London Irish. Here we received the Key Factor Analysis […]

Premiership Scholarship Day 4 – London tour and television appearance

After three days of curriculum, Day 4 of the Premiership Coaching Development Scholarship concentrated on cultural events. We spent most of the day taking in the sights and sounds of London. We started with a tour of Twickenham Stadium — the mecca for rugby in England. As you can see in the video above, we […]

Premiership Scholarship Day 3 – Practice planning and delivery with Harlequins

The entire third day of the Premiership Coaching Development Scholarship was spent with the Harlequins men’s and women’s teams at their practice sessions at Surrey Sports Park. It was both massively challenging and greatly rewarding. The pace, organization, and simplicity of the practice was impressive. The sheer amount of productivity at the 90-minute men’s practice […]

Premiership Scholarship Day 2 – Coaching process and Rugby School

After getting some much-needed rest to shake off the jet lag from Day 1, we headed into the second day of the Premiership Rugby Coaching Development Scholarship with enthusiasm. The day began with a class focused on the role of the coach. The facilitator for this session was Gareth Hatherley-Hurford, the skills coach at London […]

Premiership Scholarship Day 1 – Saracens at Northampton Saints

The Premiership Coaching Development Scholarship began today with the arrival of 30 American coaches in London, England. Most of the scholarship winners arrived at London’s Heathrow Airport by 11 AM. Soon thereafter we were on our way to Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre (our base of operations) to drop off our bags and collect the […]

Level 300 itinerary – Premiership Rugby coaching development scholarship

Back in January I was honored to be selected to join the 2019 spring class of the Premiership Rugby coaching development scholarship. Myself and the other scholarship recipients are starting to make our way from the USA to London, England for a 6-day rugby experience unlike any other. At the end of the trip, the […]

Gifted athletes can ruin your rugby program

Having a so-called “gifted” athlete on your rugby team can be great if they have the right attitude and fit well into your team culture. But gifted athletes can ruin your rugby program if they don’t have the commitment and personal values to match their skill at sport. For example, in the hyper-competitive area of pay-to-play […]

The one key component that every rugby coaching clinic needs

Over the years I’ve attended numerous rugby training sessions for everything from coaching to refereeing to administration. But the USA Rugby coaching clinic I attended last weekend at Taft High School in Chicago, IL was hands-down the best clinic I have ever attended. 

How to build a portable scoreboard for your amateur sports team

Unless your team plays in a stadium or other professional facility, chances are that you don’t have a scoreboard. Without this tool, you leave a number of opportunities on the table every time you play a match: Fan engagement is lower than it could be Spectators and supporters not familiar with your sport can not […]