• Game sense, a theoretical model for a practical reality, a discussion with performance and community rugby union coaches

      Hall, James (University of Bedfordshire, 2022-03)
      The study seeks to discover the extent of understanding, opinions, and the utilisation of Game Sense by current senior rugby union coaches’. GS was developed in the mid-1990’s by Thorpe and the Australian Sports Commission (Light, 2013). The Game Sense coaching model places an emphasis on players developing knowledge and skills through the playing of conditioned games (Light, 2006), and incorporates questioning and discussion between players and coaches’ as a key learning tool (Light and Evans, 2013). Six coaches were interviewed for the study. The interviews involved discussions on their backgrounds in coaching, their coaching philosophies, their current practice, their learnings as a coach and their opinions, understanding and utilisation of GS. The Coaches agree that Game Sense is a vital coaching model, but it must be balanced out with other forms of practice, The coaches highlight that both players and coaches may not have the knowledge and ability to perform in a GS session, further, that environment does not enable them to utilise Game Sense. Coaches suggest that coaching does not work with using one model or another and that instead, practice must suit the environment they are in, this results in the coaches adopting the Cafeteria Coaching approach.