EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Ball control out of contact

Develop better handling skills by forcing the players to manipulate the ball with one hand in and around the contact area. This session picks out some one hand contact situations for players to find solutions.

ACTIVITY

  1. Put a ball carrier in the middle of a box, with their arm outstretched and hand on the chest of a defender. Put a support player outside the box.
  2. When you shout “go” the defender attempts to pull the attacking player to ground, whilst the attacking player aims to release the ball to his supporting player.

DEVELOPMENT

  1. A ball carrier runs down the narrow corridor towards the defender.
  2. As the defender tackles them, they release the ball to a supporting player who can run into the channels either side of the corridor.

GAME SITUATION

  1. Three attackers run down the box, towards a defender who covers the first half and another defender who covers the second half.
  2. The attacking players can use two-handed or one-handed passes, but score double points for each successful one handed pass out of contact.
  3. One point for each box completed with no mistakes.

TECHNIQUE

  • Keep the ball secure in contact and only pass when you are sure you can release the ball to support.
  • Use the hand and the inside of your arm to cradle the ball and then pass it towards the supporting player.
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