Level 200 Certification Clinic

Congratulations on completing the Level 200 online course content. The Level 200 certification clinic is an opportunity practice the coaching process in a learning environment with feedback from your peers and your course leaders. In preparation, please complete the following 10 technical modules that have been covered in the Level 100 and Level 200 certification clinics.

To complete a module:

  • Review the key factors for the skills
  • Download the blank activity templates
  • Complete an activity form (red) that shows the "WHOLE" coaching method
  • Complete an activity form (blue) that shows the "PART" coaching method
  • Bring both activities to the in-person Level 200 coaching clinic

At the clinic, each participant will be called on to coach 3 activities: an individual skill, a contact skill, and a team skill. At the end of each activity you will receive peer feedback and complete the evaluation box. Your ability to coach during these sessions is your assessment for the Level 200 certification clinic.

Instructions for Activity:
 
Principles of the Game Session:
  • Complete a GAME that demonstrates your ability to coach and your knowledge of the principles of play (use 2-3 principles of play for BOTH offense and defense)
  • Complete a SKILL that demonstrates your ability to coach and your knowledge to break either the skill of “Evasive Running” or the skill of “Catching and Passing” and develop an athlete’s ability perform the skill with increased competency

Session 2:

  • Complete a SKILL that demonstrates your ability to coach and progress an athlete through the components of the “Tackle/Ball Carry” and the “Ruck”
  • Complete a GAME that demonstrates your ability to coach and progress a team through the competitive aspects of contact

Session 3:

  • Develop an understanding of the components of building a scrum/lineout from body position to binds and be able to coach each component
  • Develop an understanding of the components of the scrum engagement and be able to progress to a competitive scrum/lineout
 
Timeline and Participants for an Activity:
  • 1-2 minutes to set-up for 6-8 athletes
  • 6-8 minutes to complete activity
    • 1-2 minutes to Explain, Demonstrate, and Check for Understanding
    • 5-7 Completion of the activity
  • 5-7 minutes Feedback
    • “Reviewer” facilitates the feedback
      • Asks “Coach”
      • Asks “Players”

 

The Review Process:

The review process is critical for the improvement in coaching best practices. It is important that as a coach you self-reflect and seek peer/player feedback. Asking what went well, what did not go well, and how can you improve moving forward is the best way to assess how effective you are being as a coach. It also allows you to gain understanding of your players' understanding. You can apply the review process to a particular game or drill, or the season as a whole. The review process is a tool for coaches to use in any way to help continuous improvement. Remember we are constantly asking our players to work harder, learn, and improve. As a coach you must look in the mirror and ask the same of yourself. You owe it to your players to constantly improve, learn, and work harder as a coach.