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
Tacklers need to feel confident that the right technique works. This is more difficult when they are practising with static targets. Part of the reason why a ball carrier goes to ground is that they are unbalanced, and so it's much easier to bring a moving player down to the ground. MORE
Kneeling rugby is a low impact contact game which is ideal to learn to tackle. It's one of my favourites because I've seen my players using it unprompted on other occasions (in their homes or in small areas in gardens). MORE
The better your players can carry the ball, the more chance they’ll be able to retain it in contact or pass it under pressure. So help them improve their holding and handling skills with these five top tips… MORE
A fast number 8 can be launched off the back of the scrum into the backline. Here’s how to exploit this. Place three tackle tubes in a T-Shape (or use cones or ruck pads). Have your number 8 (or any forward) stand at the bottom of the T with a defender on the right-hand side... MORE
Coming in the defensive line at speed needs the players to react to possible changes in angles by attackers or late entry into the line. Use this activity to work on awareness and footwork… Good line speed tends to increase pressure on the attack but it can cause problems for the defenders unless they can react quickly to last moment changes in the attackers. This activity keeps defenders on their toes and moving forward MORE