The RIASA Rugby Academy believes that through classifying its players, it will give them the best chance of developing and achieving their full potential
Elite– (Very experienced player and has/can play at a high standard, with very good personal and games understanding skills. Can fit into high level of play with little further development).
To introduce and consolidate the player into elite standard rugby.
- To maximize individual skills- allowing the player to utilize their already highly developed individual skills in working towards and playing and performing at ‘elite’ levels of rugby.
- To extend well developed team, technical and tactical skills-allowing the player to define their games understanding skills at ‘elite’ level, thus enabling the player to become a key playmaker, decision maker and leader during competitive games.
Performance– (Experienced, play at a good level, good personal skills and games understanding skills, with opportunities to develop further through dedicated training and playing at high standard).
To develop the player to at performance level and work towards introducing the player to elite standard of play.
- To enhance individual skills- allowing the player to make significant progress in playing and performing at ‘Performance’ level of rugby, thus enabling the player to perform complex, individual skills effectively while under pressure in competitive game situations.
- To enhance team, technical and tactical skills-allowing the player to embed games understanding skills at ‘Performance’ level, thus enabling the player to become a playmaker, decision maker and leader during competitive games.
Development– (the player will have some experience of playing and can perform in their chosen position competently without putting self in unnecessary jeopardy of injury. With dedicated, identified, specific individual and team training will show rapid improvement in performance and expect to make two levels of improvement)
To develop the player and work towards introducing the player to performance standard of rugby
- To develop individual skills- allowing the player to perform a wide range of difficult, individual skills effectively while under pressure in game situations and to make good progress in playing and performing in competitive games of rugby.
- To develop team, technical and tactical skills-allowing the players to be able to understand and read a game situation and make a positive contribution to the team performance during a competitive game situation through effective selection and use of tactical and team skills.
Novice– (the player will have little/no playing experience and may be crossing games from American Football. Can manage basics of the game, but need intensive individual coaching and development in tackling, lineouts, breakdown and scrum before they can start playing for the 3rd team) train with 2nd/3rd team with ambition of developing them into playing for Bees 2nd team
- To construct individual skills to a standard- allowing the player to perform safely and competently in a game situation, thus enabling the player to make a valid contribution to a competitive game and laying foundations for further progress in playing and performing at rugby.
To help players develop and achieve these aims, we have incorporated 3 key areas into the process:
- Values the technical and tactical competence of individual players to perform actions that are game specific
- Specific skills and attributes which are delivered and utilised in game situations
- Are transferable in three key areas of attacking defending and contesting possession
Professional Development Level Themes
- This philosophy provides the opportunity for players to develop their Technical attributes, and develop a Tactical understanding of the game.
- This process in turn develops the required Psychological and Physical skills needed to prepare players for the modern game
- The philosophy is aspirational and is not prescriptive; as we will encourage players to make decisions based on the situations and areas they find themselves in.
- This philosophy provides the opportunity for players to develop their Technical attributes, to develop a Tactical understanding of the game, which in turn requires Psychological skills, and develops a Physical aspect to prepare players for the modern game as well as the communication skills required to work well within a team.
RIASA-RU students can begin their coaching career by starting on the coaching ladder with the English RFU. This is now included in the overall cost of the program and fits within your academic schedule.