What does Kaizen mean? I first came across this term in 2012. It resonated within me on my path to being and becoming a better coach! From there on I have strived to become better at what I do as a coach on all levels of technical, tactical, dealing with players and honing relationships and planning for a rugby season, etc just trying to find ways to learn and be better. The Japanese word kaizen means “change for better”, without inherent meaning of either “continuous” or “philosophy” in Japanese dictionaries and in everyday use. The word refers to any improvement, one-time or continuous, large or small, in the same sense as the English word “improvement”.
The thought was to bring together South African school coaches. Each coach presents something that has not been covered throughout the lockdown. A lot of technical content has been shared throughout lockdown but here we are looking for a deeper sense of coaching outside the technical side of it. The key is to expand more on the game and finer details of the game. Below are some of the presentations that have been covered and still to be covered by a variety of top schoolboy coaches in the country:
- The coaching process, guidelines and interview preparation
- Transitional play defence to attack principles
- Transition from attack to defence principles
- Maul defence principles
- Backline play and skills principles
- Attack shape and how to utilize it to break defence
- Attacking breakdown and creating quick ruck speed
- Pathway to becoming an SA Schools Coach
- Strength and conditioning principles and how to manage it when you don’t have one
- How to deal with ego-driven players.
Coaches like Flash Malinga, Sam Mofokeng, Alwyn Burger, Tyrone Rankin, Graham Hill, Walter Bohme, and Liso Langman to mention a few have had to prepare sessions and presentations to share with the coaches. We also have guest coaches who are coaching at a professional level but come from schoolboy coaching backgrounds like Phiwe who have been invited to share their experiences and knowledge on the platform.
This initiative was designed to give coaches the confidence to share their passion for the game without feeling inferior and worrying about being judged. Ultimately for coaches to grow and make an impact on fellow coaches.
South African schoolboy coaching is in good hands with some of the quality content that has been shared and presented. I am excited about the future of South African rugby.
BE CURIOUS, NOT JUDGMENTAL.” ~ WALT WHITMAN
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