Progressions can be used in multiple but effective ways:

  • Building up to a specific technique, ex. Using progressions to tackle correctly
  • Building on a specific skill
  • Building a practice
  • Building a season
  • Building a team
  • Building a program
As a coach, using progressions ensures that players understand what you are trying to teach them by demonstrating each component. It also ensures that we as coaches do not over teach or over complicate the game. We have to understand that players can walk before they run, or in game of rugby, pass and catch before running a passing line, or running a passing line before executing a switch. It is important that we coach techniques this way and set up our practice sessions to compliment this. We as coaches need to be patient with our players and use our practices to progress them through the game.