With the new 50 – 22 Laws, this skill practice aims to aid a kicker with an opportunity to identify where an opposition is weakest. MORE
The hand catch: Passing games to increase skills
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 catch.
• A reluctance to pass before seeing what’s on for themselves.
• Not reaching for the ball early.
What is a hand catch?
A pass taken only with the hands, keeping the ball off the body.
Allows new ball carrier to keep control and have more passing options.
Handling the ball should always be part of your session and can be included as a warm-up, a main activity and even part of the warm-down.
We want players to become competent at handling the ball and for the ball to become part of them – so using it as much as possible will obviously help achieve this.
The hand catch can be coached while stationary and under no pressure but you must progress into live games while emphasising the correct technique to improve.