Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
One of my rubbing points as a player and now as a coach has been the warmup. Run some laps, stretch a bit, and then get into practice. It’s an easy trap to fall into and even now I find myself falling back, from time to time, into having the kids runs some laps, throw in some static stretching, maybe a ball drill, and call that a warmup.
In reality, that process isn’t as nearly as effective as it should be and players don’t really enjoy it either… adults and especially not youth players. They’re ready to roll, so why not double up and work on basic rugby skills while warming up?
After you do it a few times, you’ll wonder why you ever wasted the first 10-15 minutes of valuable practice time with laps and stretches. Instead, take advantage of that time to build skills, keep the players guessing, and engage them.
Here is a perfect video illustrating this concept from USA 7’s Assistant Coach David Williams. Williams takes a handful of USA 7’s players and puts them through a dynamic warmup that gets the blood flowing, muscles stretched, while at the same time building basic skills and principles of attack.
It is a great video with plenty of tidbits that can be cannibalized by coaches to fit into their warmups, practices, or training. Make sure to watch the video through (or at least hit the fast forward a bit), because Williams wraps it all up with a summary at the end of the video.