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dc.contributor.authorThomas, Gethin
dc.contributor.authorColes, Tim
dc.contributor.authorWilson, Mark R.
dc.date.accessioned2017-01-09T14:26:43Z
dc.date.available2017-01-09T14:26:43Z
dc.date.issued2016-11-06
dc.identifier.citationThomas, G.L., Coles, T. and Wilson, M.R. (2016) 'Exploring mini rugby union coaches’ perceptions of competitive activities', Sports Coaching Review, Sports Coaching Review (online)en_US
dc.identifier.issn2164-0629
dc.identifier.issn2164-0637 (ESSN)
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10369/8284
dc.descriptionThis article was published in Sports Coaching Review on 6 November (online), available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21640629.2016.1157321en_US
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this study was to explore volunteer rugby union coaches’ perceptions of organised competitive participation during childhood. Participants were 202 under-9 (U9) mini rugby union coaches who had coached during the 2010/11 season. Coaches completed an Internet-based survey, and cluster analysis was used to identify different groups based on attitudes towards the Rugby Football Union’s current rules and proposed changes to these rules. Three distinct groups were identified based on whether they wanted to maintain the status quo (Traditionalists); maintain some elements of structure (Moderates); or have a much less structured introduction to rugby (Radicals). In total, over three quarters of coaches favoured structured elements (early specialisation), while less than a quarter favoured a less structured game (late specialisation). Only the Radical’s views matched those espoused by elite coaches and U9 players themselves, raising several issues regarding coach education for player development during childhood. In the short term there are the difficulties of aligning disparate views of U9 player development via coaching for and during competitive games. This is further complicated by the challenges of enhancing the skills of thousands of volunteer coaches with limited experience, knowledge and expertise in coaching during childhood.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesSports Coaching Review;
dc.subjectCoaching; rugby union; competitive participation; early specialisation; late specialisation; player developmenten_US
dc.titleExploring mini rugby union coaches’ perceptions of competitive activitiesen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21640629.2016.1244425
dcterms.dateAccepted2016-08-02
rioxxterms.funderEconomic and Social Research Councilen_US
rioxxterms.identifier.projectRES-187-24-0002en_US
rioxxterms.versionAMen_US
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserveden_US
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2017-01-09
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2017-11-06
rioxxterms.funder.projecte92aa61d-0522-4602-9ddb-a68a9dfdec6fen_US


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