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 […]

The Premiership Rugby Coaching Scholarship – a great opportunity for coaches in America

Last week I received an email from USA Rugby about a unique coaching opportunity that seemed too good to be true. It in invited me to apply for an all expenses paid, level 300 rugby coaching certification course in England. To my delight, the offer was genuine. But my first thought was of self doubt: […]

Teaching ruck technique with a tackle bag – part 1

There are many challenges to teaching new rugby players the technique of rucking. Not the least of which is the purpose of the ruck in the first place. In my experience, teaching ruck technique with a tackle bag helps overcome these challenges so that players can progress in their skill and understanding. Here’s a simple […]

Using themes to plan a rugby practice

As any coach can tell you, the success of a rugby practice correlates well to the amount of planning and preparation. And using themes to plan a rugby practice is a great organizational method that will improve your training sessions. Reduced preparation time Planning your rugby practice around a theme has many benefits, not the least of […]

Honesty in coaching – the foundation of a strong rugby program

Rugby’s core values are Integrity, Passion, Solidarity, Discipline, and Respect. As a coach, I make a concerted effort to frame situations at training and in matches around these values. While I recognize and coach rugby’s core values, I actually focus more of my times on another value: honesty in coaching. Honesty in Coaching Honesty is simpler […]

How I started coaching rugby

Before I started playing rugby I looked for a team sport more challenging and exciting than touch football. With its contact, flow, and running score clock, rugby turned out to be just what I needed. So how did I go from being a weekend warrior to running practices three times a week at the local High […]

Why I’m writing about my rugby coaching journey

I’ve been active in grassroots rugby for over 25 years now. But it took me upwards of two decades to realize that these experiences might actually be useful to others. For example, it is common for me to receive requests for advice on running tournaments, how to start a club, how to fundraise, to name but […]