I'm thrilled to be filming this video for USA Rugby. The video will showcase all different rugby games, skills, and progressions for tag/flag rugby. It will star yours truly too - gotta love the stuff we do for our jobs!
The reason I wanted to talk about this was to delve a little bit into the importance of coaching education in sport. As much as I would love to climb up on my soapbox and talk for hours about coaching education and why it is important, I will not bore you with that. Instead, I'll briefly touch base on what coaching education is and what it can be.
What is Coaching Education?Basically it is just that - educating the coach. No matter how old you are, no matter how much knowledge you have, you can always learn more or refine what you already have. I think a lot of times we assume coaches have all of the knowledge. We assume that because someone has played in the past that they are qualified to coach.
Please understand that I'm not saying that these individuals are not qualified, but what I am saying is that continuing to educate themselves will ensure that our athletes will have better athletic experiences overall. We will be, as to quote Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), coaching our athletes to be winners both on the field and in life.
So what is coaching education? Anything that a coach does to further their knowledge of the sport or better themselves as a coach is considered coaching education. This could be a class or course, reading a book, participating in a clinic, networking and talking with mentors, etc.
What CAN Coaching Education Be?Right now in the United States we have a pretty loose coaching education structure. There are countries in this world that have national-based programs and requirements. In the United States I would say we're a bit behind. Although we do have some amazing programs out there, what good does it do if no one knows about it and takes advantage of it?
Programs, schools, national governing bodies, etc. all have an obligation to require their coaches to become educated and continue their education throughout their terms. The world is constantly evolving and knowledge is changing. Our kids are changing. Make sure your coaches are keeping up.
Conclusion...I don't claim to be an expert in coaching education. I don't claim to be an expert in Rookie Rugby. What I do claim to be is someone that creates opportunities. What this Rookie Rugby video will do is take coaching education to the youth level. Now, coaches, P.E. teachers, program directors, parents, etc. will all be able to have access to this knowledge and education. We have plans of making this video easily accessible for all involved and wanting to get involved in youth rugby.
If we start to educate our coaches at the youth level then our players will get into sport and start their development through sport earlier.
So then it is time...lights...camera...Rookie Rugby Action!!!