EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Kicking & Catching

It’s worth coaching rugby kicking skills as early as possible, even if your young players are not allowed to kick during games yet. By the time kicking is introduced into the game, the youngsters will have a well-developed set of core skills and a basic tactical understanding of when to kick. Use the following rugby coaching tips and drills to help. And, of course, any catching drills are going to be worthwhile as they’ll soon be faced with some up and unders too!

Jump and field

in Kicking & Catching, Rugby drills, U12+

Every time the catcher has to jump to take the ball, he risks losing it. Use this simple exercise and extension to put pressure on the catcher and any challenger as well. By Dan Cottrell ACTIVITY ŒOne player throws the ball over two ruck pad holders are advancing The catcher comes forward ŽThe catcher jumps... MORE

Jazz up catching

Jazz up catching

in Kicking & Catching

Catching is a crucial skill. Minis must work on catching the ball in their hands away from the body and not with their arms close to the chest. Use the following three activities to sharpen up catching in a competitive yet fun environment.   Start by emphasising that the best position for catching a pass... MORE

Attack the Circle

Attack the circle

in Kicking & Catching

Use this adaptive game to develop kicking and catching skills, emphasising movement to find space to kick, and then finding the space to take the ball. This should develop cross kicking and chip kicking skills to score tries. CHALLENGE Kick to score – so players have to find the space to receive a kick and... MORE

The drop kick: Four steps to getting your match off to a perfect start

The drop kick: Four steps to getting your match...

in Kicking & Catching

The drop kick – when kicking off – has the potential to make or break your match plan. If done well it can place the opposition under extreme pressure. If done poorly, it can hand them free possession, from which they can launch an attack. It is a skill that needs to be practised regularly... MORE

Kick off catching in the air

Kick off catching in the air

in Kicking & Catching

The kick off catcher has to move around to receive a kick off and will be under pressure. If you make him jump for the ball this will make sure he is not tackled in the act of catching. Set-up A 10m box and ball. What you get your players to do Put a catcher... MORE

The hand catch: Passing games to increase skills

The hand catch: Passing games to increase skills

in Kicking & Catching

Catching the ball properly is essential in development – and the foundation for this is set at mini rugby level. With younger players there are a number of problems you can quickly identify in their hand catch technique: • Catching the ball against their body. • The ball being passed too firmly, so difficult to... MORE

Run backs-1

Run backs

in Kicking & Catching, Small-sided games

This game develops quick thinking and ways to move the ball to space from unusual positions. Because most of the attack are running the wrong way to start with, they will face different problems than they’d normally expect, but also new opportunities to beat the defence. MORE



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