EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Taking a high ball

U13–U16 | KICKING 2

Get your players used to taking a high ball and then running forward

  1. Set out a 15m x 10m area. Put a ruck pad holder in the middle and another ruck pad holder at the end. Line up players on the front end of the area facing the ruck pad holders and place a feeder to the side.
  2. When you say “go”, the first player comes forward, the feeder throws a ball up into the air and the first player and the ruck pad holder challenge for the ball.

Taking a high ball 1

  1. Once a catch has been made (or the ball recovered from the ground), the ball carrier runs forward and aims to beat the other ruck pad holder with minimum contact.
  2. Develop by increasing the height of the throw, removing one or both of the ruck pads so it is semi-contact.

Taking a high ball 2

Taking a high ball 3

You will need

  • A 15m x 10m area
  • Balls
  • Cones
  • 2 ruck pads

Got more players?

Line up lots of players and keep the catches coming. Remember to rotate the players.

What to tell your players

“Jump into the catch”
“Challenge the ruck pad holder”
“Hit the ground running”

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