Building a house of C.A.R.D.S. The practice structures of coaches in a professional rugby union academy

Edward Thomas Hall, Aiden Mcnulty, Mark Laycock, James Ponton

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Abstract

This chapter provides insights into the practice structures used by coaches of the Newcastle Falcons Rugby Union academy. It shows how training session activities are organised and adapted to purposefully develop creativity, awareness, resilience, decision-making and self-organisation (C.A.R.D.S.) among players aspiring to compete professionally. The chapter set out to create opportunities for every player in the Newcastle Falcons academy to explore the boundaries of their capabilities and adapt to the changing nature of the game of rugby union by developing C.A.R.D.S. skills. It draws on a range of concepts from dynamical systems theory, representative design, non-linear pedagogy, constraints-led coaching and games-based approaches. Making frequent amendments to the constraints of training activities is itself a form of adversity, as players need to remain aware and quickly adapt to respond to the new challenges posed. Self-organised players will have ‘the skill to use information to effectively coordinate themselves’.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSports Coaching
Subtitle of host publicationA Theoretical and Practical Guide
EditorsEd Cope, Mark Partington
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter3
Pages30-39
Number of pages10
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9781351200035
ISBN (Print)9780815392088, 9780815392095
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Dec 2019

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