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  • John Coumbe-Lilley

Our training numbers have been good varying from 12-22! The commitment to improvement and learning has been terrific, new players are coming out and sticking with us, and veteran players are showing signs of growth even after years of play. Credit to everyone on our board, player leadership groups, and supporters for helping us engage and enjoy our rugby.


We are continuing with our forward's theme with pods play, open-play combinations, and forward decision-making interplay with half-backs. We pushed training back on Tuesday's to train with greater space and lighting.


New training dates

Training participants complete the club's COVID-19 symptom check 2-3 hours before training. We're doing well looking after ourselves. Let's keep it going!


Tuesday practices. Check in at 7:45pm-Start 8pm-9:30pm

Tuesday practices: 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27

Theme: forward play shifting to rugby league


Saturday practices. Check-in at 8:45am-Start 9am-9:00pm

Saturday practices:  9/26, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31

Theme: kicking game


Sport Psychology Series

Tom Gratton, MA will facilitate our early offseason sport psychology series starting with a 3-part series focused on the psychology of forward play at the set-piece. Tom completed his undergraduate degree at Durham University in England, his sport psychology master's degree at Ball State University, IN, and is completing his doctorate in sport psychology at Florida State University, FL. Tom played rugby, and now his research and applied work is focused on working with rugby teams and referees. More details on Tom's work and the sport psychology series to follow.


Give a hand

Congratulations to Lauren and Kadie playing in the local touch rugby final today.






  • John Coumbe-Lilley

Practice line up 9/8 - 9/17.

9/8/2020 - all focus

Back to training - back to training


  • FIFA 11 - warm-up for injury prevention

  • Passing, receiving

  • 3v2v1

  • Ground play: recycle position (long, small 'L')

  • Defensive principle session


9/10/2020 - forward focus


  • FIFA 11 - warm-up injury prevention

  • Cross Fit Like Lineout Training and backs combo play - Don't do an upper body lift or legs this day

  • Defensive principles session (including ground contact)

  • Group play: offloads/ruck play: decision making and skills focus


9/12/2020 - Kicking and receiving practice  Focus on 11, 14, 15, 13, 9, receiving 9/10/12/15 kicking. all others chasing, counter-attacking, and recycling

  • Handling, kicking, and receiving warm-up

  • Bombs and blitz chase B channel from scrum / 1/2 space ruck

  • A to B/C 5-15 diagonal kick/grubber and catch 22-30 yards from the goal line

9/15/2020 - forward focus and development for all

  • FIFA 11 - warm-up injury prevention

  • Cross Fit Like Lineout Training and backs combo play - Don't do an upper body lift or legs this day

  • Defensive principles (including ground contact)

  • Group play: offloads/ruck play: decision making and skills focus

9/17/2020 - forward focus and development for all

  • FIFA 11 - warm-up injury prevention

  • Cross Fit Like Lineout Training and backs combo play - Don't do an upper body lift or legs this day

  • Group play: offloads/ruck play: decision making and skills focus

  • Forward pattern playoff 9

Notes

  • Lifting equipment will need wiping after player use for Cross Fit Lineouts.  Coaches responsible for this. 

  • MMA mitts, boxing gloves for sessions after 9/17/20. Alternating Towel Tuesday's, Title Thursday's, no towels or mitts on Saturday's. 


  • John Coumbe-Lilley

Update

We had promising numbers at training this week 21 attended on Tuesday, and 17 on Thursday. Our focus the last two weeks has been on 9, 10 & 15 connections in open play. We are developing our playing identity, and beginning to appreciate how to play with each other, and for each other. The love connections on the field are making things bright and positive, and there's plenty of encouragement and feedback between folks.


This week we introduced towel training and if you were not at training on Tuesday did you miss a treat! Proper core training in a team situation. The effort was terrific, and we got a sense of where we are, and where we need to be strong enough to contest in the Women's Premier League.


Feedback meeting

Olga, Noby, Stan, and I met for a feedback session over breakfast last weekend. Action steps coming out of that meeting included a renewed focus on forwarding play and building capability and confidence. Continue individual and unit feedback through the season. Freshen training up, and flavor it with a focus on development, growth, and learning. Integrate new Chicago North Shore players, and returning players to our way of doing things.


Future

The next two weeks will see us edge out to midfield attack with some defensive structuring flavor to freshen things up. Practice next week will be at Stanton Park on Tuesday at 7 pm sharp. Bring a towel for terrific towel Tuesday training.


Training

Saturday training returns at Stanton Park from 9 am - 10:15 am on 8/22 & 8/29. The focus is on kicking, catching, and counter-attacking.


CIPP

CIPP registration with USA Rugby is coming up. Contact a board member to learn the value of your CIPP and what it means for your participation with Chicago North Shore Rugby.


25th anniversary

It was 25 years ago I played in the first full international for Scotland Rugby League. You can listen to my teammates and I reminisce about those days on your way to training by accessing the link to the podcast below. I hope for you all the benefits and opportunities I had from my playing career, so many great characters and experiences, too many to count.

https://shows.acast.com/scotlandrl/episodes/episode-11


To talk Chicago North Shore training, player development or coaching with me add 'Rugby Talk' in the subject area and email me at jcl@northshorerugby.com


All the best!


JC-L