Coaching Association of Canada

Graeme Moffat - Rugby

3 Steps for Success in Athletic Performance Management

1. Set Goals and Priorities

“One of the tools that we use is a weekly performance plan incorporating what the players will focus on physically, mentally, technically, and tactically. Using these tools gives us confidence knowing that we have completed all the work required in the buildup. We track individual skills, unit skills, and key relationships. The fundamental skills that are trained depend on the particular focus of each team session. Ensuring the players understand their roles within the team is critical.”

Goals and priorities set the stage for performance. They are the reference points from which expectations are developed.

2. Establish a Process

“If we get the process right, then the result will take care of itself.”

Establishing a process and executing on it yields more reliable and consistent results than focusing on the result itself with no plan on how to get there.

3. Take Notes and Adapt

“Many aspects of our performance had improved significantly from the Ireland game, which was pleasing. Increased number of line breaks from 7 to 12, 100% line outs, tackle percentage up to 85%, and possession up over 50%.”

Following a plan is important, but being able to adapt is too. Keeping records and statistics enables you to leverage your strengths, minimize weaknesses, and make critical changes on the fly.

To read the full Team Canada report from Rugby Canada’s Skills Coach Graeme Moffat, click here.