Whole vs. Part Practice-Coaches often reflect on what method of instruction is best to use when teaching skills. The main objective of this unit is to describe various tools and techniques coaches should use when developing and implementing training activities.
As discussed in the Games section, the goal for all USA Rugby certified coaches is to develop training activities and coaching practices that mirror environments similar to match competition. After a principle of the game has been selected, designing the training activity is the next logical step.
If there is a limited amount of risk involved in a specific skill or activity it is perfectly acceptable, if not encouraged, for a coach to let the players play right away! The closer training activities mimic game situations, the faster athletes will develop their skills. The practice of the Whole-Part-Whole coaching technique focuses on limited direct instruction and more athlete discovery.