Si Nainby talks in depth to William Wayland William is a certified strength and conditioning coach and owner of Powering Through Performance Gym in Chelmsford, Essex http://www.powering-through.com/. He works with a wide variety of sports and athletes including rugby, motorsports and the PGA European Tour. His background is in applied sports science. MORE
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.
- Have two players and a ball on two corners and a catcher on each of the other two corners.
- Have the ball kicked along the long side of the box to the catcher, with the kicker following his kick.
- The catcher receives the ball and then passes it onto the player along the short side of the box.
- He then follows the pass.
- You can start with one ball as the players get used to the exercise.
- Challenge the catcher to jump for the ball.
- Also have the kicker chase his kick and get into the face of the catcher, without touching him.
- Finally, develop by having the kicker stay where he is, and the second player chase the kick.
- The chaser then becomes the kick-receiver for the next kick.
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.