Improve your backfield players understanding where to run and how to cover kicks. Help them anticipate where the opposition are likely to kick to ensure they catch the ball on the full. MORE
This session works on jumping against opponents and can be transferred into lineout contests, high ball or kick-off challenges. Though there is a technical side to the catch, it also recognises that players need to be able to have the desire to want to win the ball in the air.
Warm up time: 5-7
Session time: 8-10
Development time: 10-15
Game time: 10-15
Warm down time: 5-8
What to think about
Start this session by matching players of similar size and ability. As players progress, mix up the sizes. You may find that bigger players are lazy in getting into the air and a fleet-footed, smaller player might win the ball instead.
This session provides lots of games and competition. Do not spend too much time on the technical aspects. Just throw in some suggestions and let the session flow from one competitive situation to another.
- Jump into the space to win the ball.
- Reach with your hands up and out, elbows in front of your shoulders.
- Stay light on your feet before you jump.
What you get your players to do
Stand (or have another player) 5m away from two players who are side by side in a coned-off 3m square. Throw the ball between the two players (see picture 1).
They have to compete for the ball. Mix up the throws so it might land over or in front of the players but it must go well above head height at some stage. Progress by having another team mate for each player who they aim to pass to or deflect the ball towards.
Put an attacker at each end of the 24m x 10m box, and another who can move between the middle two boxes. Put two defenders in the middle areas (see picture 2).
The attack has 30 seconds to score as many “points”as it can. It earns get two for a throw from one end box to the other when the catcher is off the ground as he catches the ball.
It scores one point if the throw is from the attacker (with a jump).
If the ball is intercepted or knocked down, then the ball restarts in the nearest end box. Defenders cannot enter the end boxes or touch an attacker.
Put two players from each team in each “scoring zone” (see picture 3). One team starts with the ball. It kicks or throws the ball into the other zone. A clean catch means a point. The kicker/thrower rotates for each go. The first team to five points wins.
What to call out
- “Drive up with your knees and elbows to win the ball”
- “Turn one shoulder towards the ball if you can”