Jump and field
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
One player throws the ball over two ruck pad holders are advancing
The catcher comes forward
The catcher jumps up and into or through the ruck pads
A kicker aims for one of the two boxes, with two support players aiming to contest the kick
A catcher takes the kick, with a supporting player aiming to help out
Confidence to jump and catch without taking focus away from the ball.
Ball and rucks, cones to mark out boxes.
HOW TO DO IT
Put two players holding ruck pads at head height about 5m in front of the catcher and no more than a metre apart.
Get the catcher to run at the gap in the pads. From behind the pads, get a ball thrown over the pad holders so the player has to leap and catch the ball either just before, over or through the pads.
Increase the distances and have the pad holders move forward and backwards to develop.
The pad holders simulate attackers or defenders and are there to distract the catcher.
Throw the ball from behind the catcher, so it is like he is chasing for the ball.
Put two attackers and a kicker about 20m away from two 10m boxes. Put a defender in front of the kicker and then another defender just behind the boxes.
Get the kicker to land the ball in the boxes so they are contestable by his own players.
The defender in front of the kicker can try to block the kick or run back to help his team mate.
Drive up and towards the ball.
Eyes open all the way.
Push your elbows together and squeeze the arms up to make a solid catching area.
About Dan Cottrell
Dan is a practising RFU Level 3 coach and coach educator. He coaches with the Bristol Bears DPP programme, is the assistant coach with University of Bristol Women's team and is a coach mentor for Broad Plain RFC mini and juniors section.
He was Head Coach of Swansea Schools U15 and has previously held coaching roles with the Young Ospreys Academy and as Assistant Coach with the Wales Women's Team for the 2010 World Cup.
He was director of rugby for Cranleigh School, Surrey. Previously he played rugby for Bath and Bristol.
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