EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Kick-catch warm up and pressure

Use this session work on your players’ ability to catch a kick and play away from the catch quickly. It’s a good all-round warm-up session as part of your unit skills.

Players need to work on their kick-catch skills under pressure and their ability to move the ball away once they’ve caught it. They should also develop their techniques in jumping to catch the ball.

  1. Have two players and a ball on two corners and a catcher on each of the other two corners.
  2. Have the ball kicked along the long side of the box to the catcher, with the kicker following his kick.

  1. The catcher receives the ball and then passes it onto the player along the short side of the box.
  2. He then follows the pass.
  3. You can start with one ball as the players get used to the exercise.
  4. Challenge the catcher to jump for the ball.
  5. Also have the kicker chase his kick and get into the face of the catcher, without touching him.
  6. Finally, develop by having the kicker stay where he is, and the second player chase the kick.
  7. The chaser then becomes the kick-receiver for the next kick.

TECHNIQUE

Turn the body to catch the kick. l Reach up for the kick. l Drive one knee into the air to jump for the kick. l Either use the “breadbasket” to catch the ball, or try to get the hands above the head.

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