Warm ups are also a good time to develop athletic prowess in areas that are often ignored. So, Add jumping to your warms ups, sometimes as part of a running circuit or just before or after a game activity.
If your session is going to be quite physical, a couple of old-school PE exercises will often do the trick. In Warm up drills to prepare for full contact rugby, check out the outcomes so the players do them accurately. Also score points for the style!
Finally, one of my favourites for the warm up, the Touch cone warm up drill takes moments to set up and is very competitive. There are plenty of great outcomes, plus you can empower the players to make their own additional rules.
Make the best use of your precious pre-training warm-up time to ensure you get the best from your players. Here are seven ways to make sure you do. Steady-state to rugby active Players will not arrive at the same time, nor in the same state of mind. You need to get them from their steady... MORE
Jumping is a crucial skill in rugby but one which is often poorly coached or not coached at all. Basic jumping skills can be built into your rugby warm-up drills and can easily be improved with coaching. MORE
The low tackle is the best way to neutralise mismatches in size and power. It relies on a tackler closing down space to restrict the attacker’s speed and momentum – use this scoring game to get it right. MORE
The chop tackle is a great way to put a ball carrier to ground quickly so you can compete for the ball. Use this exercise to improve your low-tackle technique and decision-making in the breakdown area. MORE
Make sure your players take off when they arrive at the tackle contest – they should “land” first and then drive up. This activity will reinforce the correct technique and put your team on the front foot. MORE
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