2. LEARN TO PLAY & PRACTICE
THE PLAYER - EXPLORES
Players in this category are age-grade players (12-14 approx).
At this stage the players’ capacities allow them to learn through exploring. Trying out new approaches, pursuing solutions and new experiences in a controlled environment will facilitate the development of the player. Individuals are capable of problem-solving and should be encouraged to express their opinions.
THE COACH - TEACHES
Due to maturation, the players are now capable of longer periods of concentration and attention; therefore teaching rather than guiding is more appropriate for accelerating learning. Knowledge of how to facilitate learning through understanding is critical together with skill development and progressions.
THE GAME - STRUCTURED
With the capacity for greater understanding and technical competence the game develops from open play to a more structured format to include the development of basic unit play (restarts - forwards & three-quarters). The game is still fun, safe and enjoyable with ample running, passing and tackling.