Predators Rugby Coaching Philosophy
Our coaches play an integral part in the Predator's Rugby Family because they are charged with the responsibility of providing our youth and high school programs with the opportunity to learn, enjoy, and compete in a sport that we, as a family, truly love. The Predators Coaching Staff is committed to fostering the ideals of teamwork, discipline, respect, and sportsmanship within all of our members. Each member of our coaching staff has their IRB Rugby Ready certification, Positive Coaching Alliance certification, and has or is currently working towards being certified as a level I or level II USA Rugby Coach.
The following is what the Predators Rugby Family expects from all of it's coaches:
- Model and teach our players to Honor the Game. Our coaches strive to educate our players to honor all aspects of the game of rugby: the laws, our opponents, themselves, their teammates, and the officials
- Help players set personal and teams goals. There is always room for improvement, whether a player is new to our program or experienced. Because of this coaches in our family, at every level, must dedicate training sessions to building knowledge and encouraging effort in all of our players. Helping them set personal goals of improvement, big or small, and defining team goals is essential for insuring our players meet and exceed their potential.
- Fill our players' Emotional Tanks: The Predators Coaching Staff use encouragement and positive reinforcement as their primary method of motivating the players in our family. Our main objective is for kids to have fun while they learn to play rugby. To accomplish this objective, our coaches incorporate fun games to help build knowledge and skills, and utilize positive criticism when necessary.
- Build students of the game. The more knowledge that our players have in regards to the sport of rugby, the more enjoyment they will have in competing in the sport of rugby. We see our coaching staff as teachers and we expect and encourage them to use every opportunity they have to building the knowledge base of the players. Our coaches ask questions for understanding and encourage players to ask questions and contribute during training sessions.