I've watched hundreds of rugby matches, and every coach has their own particular style .
Here are a few diverse examples ranging from maximum coach involvement to minimum:
- Two coaches on either sideline, communicating by radio to call each and every phase of play , offensively and and defensively, verbally communicating with captains and decision makers non-stop.
- The coach who yells non-stop, positive, negative, pretty much everything there is, moving up and down the sideline with the play.
- More reserved, the coach who moves up and down the sidelines, dialoging at stoppages, words of encouragement here and there. On-pitch meetings during injury stoppages and in the try-zone (when a try has been scored)
- Occasional try-zone only intervensions.
- Use of messengers (ie coach doesn't personally address players during matches, rather, he/she uses trainers, subs, or water carriers to convey information)
- Silently watching from behind the try-zone. Half time adjustments only.
- The international coach, in the stands during a match.
What's your preffered method and why? Do you believe that you, personally, adhere to the method you prefer?