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Robert DeHoy

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Jeznez – I like your idea of setting goals and sub-goals.
Keeps the mind busy and distracted from negative thoughts.
RDH

The power of positive thought: The top two inches – Part 2

I like it Jez, keep the mind busy by building goals and then sub/goals into the game.
Give the mind various targets to achieve.
That way the mind doesn´t have time on its´hands to get nervous.

The power of positive thought: The top two inches – Part 2

I was too slow Jez, so I would try and stay outside my opposition player.
Another method was to try and tackle in pairs. The first one aimed for the inside shoulder or a bit more of the attacking player. This forced them to step outside the first defender. The 2nd defender tucks in behind and slightly to the outside of the defender side stepped, hopefully straight into the path of the 2nd defender. Kind of like a reverse shepherd? Spectacular when it came off. The attacker usually doesnt have time to side step twice. Hunting in pairs makes sense when you can.

How far can self-belief take you in rugby? The top two inches - Part 1

Mindset is crucial. I can remember having a real lean trot at cricket, I couldn´t score a run to save myself. One day I went out there with the same lack of confidence. I was shaky and nicking them all over the place. Then I was dropped in the slips. After that I said well, stuff it. I need to take control here and take advantage of the life given me. I went on to make a decent score. Nothing else changed, just a small change in mindset.

How far can self-belief take you in rugby? The top two inches - Part 1

Ah yes, the good old nerves coming into play. Learning to get on top of them is a real skill. My Father used to say he could tell from the first ball if I was going to make runs that day. And he was right. Sadly, he couldn´t give me any tools to get over my nerves. More in Part 2.

How far can self-belief take you in rugby? The top two inches - Part 1

It would be great to video every good thing the players do and show it back to them after the game. Not everyone has the time or resources for this, so I see you´ve found a good work around.

How far can self-belief take you in rugby? The top two inches - Part 1

Yeah, I think thats what they mean when they say the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
And that should be the coach´s job to make that happen.

How far can self-belief take you in rugby? The top two inches - Part 1

And we will touch on visulaization again in Part 2.

How far can self-belief take you in rugby? The top two inches - Part 1

Its a continuous feedback loop isnt it? Whether negative or positive. Instill some self belief leads to better results leads to more confidence and so on.

How far can self-belief take you in rugby? The top two inches - Part 1

Are my replies working yet???

How far can self-belief take you in rugby? The top two inches - Part 1

Jeznez – Yes, Catch the Ball is a fairly useless phrase like Use Your Top 2 Inches – people need to be shown how.

How far can self-belief take you in rugby? The top two inches - Part 1

OK, lets try a clumsy work around.
Daffyd – Language, body language, having empathy etc is all noted by players. It is all taken in and then they decide if you are the kind of person they want to win for…or not.
Dont do this, dont do that. Nobody particularly likes being ordered around and told what to do. That why nobody likes Nanny States, I guess.

How far can self-belief take you in rugby? The top two inches - Part 1

Apologies to all, I have had some issues replying to comments.
Hopefully its working now.

How far can self-belief take you in rugby? The top two inches - Part 1

Hilarious!!

How far can self-belief take you in rugby? The top two inches - Part 1

Hi BF, yes you are right, this is only the introduction and some tools for the tool boxes are coming in parts 2 and 3. And its never too early to jump right in. As I mention above, if the captain and coach do not resonate with the team, that is, they would follow them to hell and back, then all is lost. They will sabotage you with passive resistance to your strategies and tactics. Its human nature. I believe its called ¨Losing the change room¨. When Ewen mcKenzie started having half time breaks on the sidelines, someone on the Roar wittily said ¨He´s lost the change room¨.

How far can self-belief take you in rugby? The top two inches - Part 1

I loved the Bannister/Landy story. I had dreams of being a middle distance runner. My plan was to run 50 metres at top pace. Then the next day run 75m at top pace…and so on, until I had trained myself to run flat out for a whole mile. Guess what? My top pace was no where near enough to do a 4 minute mile! But what do you think of my strategy? I would like to know your thoughts!

How far can self-belief take you in rugby? The top two inches - Part 1

Interesting concept! I never thought of it like that. Knock the oppositions best players down by 20%. And you could also focus on lifting your 80% players to 100!
We used to focus on the opposition flyhalf as he was usually in the top 2 or 3 players and had the most influence on the game. If you could nullify their flyhalf, well you were half way home.

How far can self-belief take you in rugby? The top two inches - Part 1

Hi SMI, I guess I got lucky and just kept trying a few different things until something worked. Then I kept at it. I think that different things motivate different players and different teams. The challenge is to find what suits your players and your team best. I do not believe it is any different for Dave Rennie either. He seems a very empathetic person to me. And empathy is 80% of a great leaders job these days. I believe he would spend a lot of time thinking of strategies and tactics to get the most out of the Wallabies. And every single thing he does will have an impact. As Daffyd says above, language is very important. If the team does not respect the strategies and tactics of the coach, then the players will sabotage the coach (or captain) with passive resistance to their ideas. I guess this is most of the reason why Rennie gets the big bucks.

How far can self-belief take you in rugby? The top two inches - Part 1

Exactly Bobby, couldnt have put it better. The will to win (¨Who wants it more¨) is probably the difference between otherwise evenly matched teams. How to integrate that into a coaching strategy…well that´s the challenge. That is, give the players the tools to make it happen. Fascinating topic.

How far can self-belief take you in rugby? The top two inches - Part 1

Hi Colvin, everything you say is true. That is a great way to approach the strategy of coaching. And before that even happens, use some other tactics to instill self belief and confidence. More of that in the 2nd part of the article.

How far can self-belief take you in rugby? The top two inches - Part 1

Hi Jeznez, ¨Catch the ball¨ is another one of those catch all phrases (like ¨Use your top 2 inches¨) that mean nothing unless you actually show people how best to do it.

How far can self-belief take you in rugby? The top two inches - Part 1

Hi Daffyd,
Interesting psychology isnt it?. Even if you dont try to think of it, that will make it worse?
Some sort of reverse psychology happening there perhaps? Self fulfilling prophecy perhaps?
The type of language used, body language, attitude, empathy etc…are all at play on the brain at all the time…wether at work or play.
Apologies for the late reply, my internet is dodgy at the best of times.
RDH

How far can self-belief take you in rugby? The top two inches - Part 1

I agree with the lets make rugby great in oz again team.

If Sanzar doesnt want Oz to have 5 teams, then fine, we go it alone and have our own domestic comp.

Could be the best thing that has happened to us since professionalism.

So lets get our house in order before we join Super Rugby again.

That means scrapping the current ARU board and their long term strategy.

The top down system hasn’t worked.

Lets try bottom up and invest in grass roots and get that going first, then work our way up from there.

The ARU board needs to be representative of everyone who plays rugby in Oz, not just a few select people from certain suburbs in Sydney and Brisbane.

This is a golden opportunity to get rugby sorted in Oz.

Kearns wants ARU to 'show some cojones'

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