Drill vs. Skill

A drill vs. a skill development is a very important concept in the game of rugby. As a coach it is essential for you to have a basic understanding of this concept and apply it to your coaching. At practice when you run a drill, what is your goal or outcome? Is your focus on execution? What determines success for your drill? When running a drill, make sure that you are focusing on improving particular skills that give players the tools to execute a successful skill. Your drill should offer repetition of a particular skill in order to successfully complete the drill. As a coach you should be able to observe improvement in the player’s skill development as he/she moves through the drill. The ultimate way to observe players' skill development is to create a game like environment when they are required to use their skill under pressure while making decisions. Running a drill against opposition is the only way to ensure this improvement.