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PortDara U14's Girls - Anyone born 2007 & 2006

All new players welcome. Contact one of the coaches below or feel free to turn up at our training sessions.

Training
Mondays @ 7:00 p.m in Portarlington RFC
Thursdays @7:00 pm in Cill Dara RFC

Coaches: Alex Pop & Manu Millot

The team plays in the Leinster 14s Girls Grading League 1a, Results and League Table - Click Here

PLAYERS in this stage are aged 13-16 years approx. They are
interested, eager to play and focused on their own development. The
environment should allow not only sporting development but also
that of social skills and self-esteem. With player maturity, coaches
are likely to see changes in mood and personality. The coaching role
becomes more that of encouraging in order to facilitate learning and
understanding. Stage 3 is a major window of opportunity for strength
and aerobic development.
The game in this stage is structured in order to facilitate the
development of the player. It is still played with reduced numbers but
is now a free flowing 13-a-side game while respecting the significant
contribution of 1st Phase. The players should be able and encouraged
to explore various position specific roles within 1st Phase. The game is
still fun, safe and enjoyable with ample running, passing and tackling.

The Player - Develops
The Coach - Encourages
The Game - Developing
Train to develop

Essence of the Player Players are teenagers aged 13-16 years approx. and are focused on developing their playing abilities. Players should be focused on “Development” and may choose rugby as their sport of choice.
Essence of the Coach The coaching focus in this stage is to ‘Encourage’ the players. The coaches’ emphasis should be on encouraging the players while also guiding and teaching. In this way the coach provides positive support and confidence.
Game Development
l The game should be free-flowing 13-a-side rugby. Emphasis on continuity and General Movement (85%) while respecting the significant contribution of 1st Phase (15%) should guide the coach at this stage.
l Players should continue to explore various playing positions. As players mature, their body shape and size will change therefore players may begin to identify and choose more suitable playing positions to their physical attributes.
l Due to the emphasis of 1st Phase (15%) players begin to understand the importance of position specific skills, i.e. lineout thrower, scrumhalf and delivery to the backline. Players also begin to understand the specific roles and responsibilities of playing positions.
Personal Characteristics
l Interested and Eager: Players will show interest in learning new skills and are eager to improve. Therefore, training sessions and coaching processes should aim to meet their needs in this respect.
l Involvement: Players like to be made feel like they are valued and will seek levels of independence. Creating an environment where players can voice their opinions and make choices will facilitate this growing independence.
l Developing social skills, self-awareness and self-esteem is important for girls at this stage and this should be encouraged through positive feedback, communication and parity between coaches and players.
l Different rates and levels of maturity of players must be considered when coaching, team Stage 3 - Technical Emphasis General Movement 1st Phase 15% 85% 23 building, communicating and facilitating a mutually respectful team environment.
l As players enter into their teenage years they may experience significant behavioral mood changes. l Peer pressure and the need for social acceptance can have a positive or negative effect at this stage.
Strategic Development
l Stronger links between 1st Phase play and General Movement are developing through this stage. Developing the link between successful 1st Phase play and subsequent General Movement is a key focus. Players begin to understand that the outcome of 1st Phase effects the shape and direction of the play that follows. Players will start to identify specific team set-up formations during 1st Phase (attack/defence) to be successful.
l Developing greater effectiveness of General Movement should occur. Subsequently, developing greater understanding and applying various defence formations and systems to be effective is required.
Tactical Development
l Players continue to develop their collective and individual decision-making skills in both attack and defence. Attack is developed for 3 groups in General Movement;
• ‘life of the ball group’
• ‘early group’
• ‘late group’
• The 4th group, ‘the axis group’ may be introduced to the players once they’re familiar with the other 3 groups
• Further developing an understanding and ability to apply the Principle of Usefulness ‘what must I do to be effective?’ i.e. understanding where players are in relation to the ball and how they can be effective l
Defence
• Defending in small groups (more, equal and fewer defenders)
• Effective positioning (adequate spacing with team-mates, positioning dependent on opposition attack) • Moving forward and applying pressure
• 1st line defence and introduction of 2nd line defence
l 1st Phase development consists of players exploring many playing positions with the aim of providing understanding of varied roles and responsibilities.
Technical Development
l Continue to develop all skills learned in Stage 2 – Train to Play.
l Players should focus on understanding and performing correct key factors of individual skills.
l Confidence in contact should be further developed through regular and appropriate repetition in training. This should allow players to act confidently and safely when contesting the breakdown and contact areas. 24
l Position specific skills – focus on performing the correct key factors of position specific skills. Position specific skills relate to the functional skills of positional requirements for effectiveness in Unit performance. Players should continue to explore playing positions depending on size, body shape and speed.
Physical Fitness
l Most players at this stage are physically maturing and so rapid growth and