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
Timing your box kicks
The attacking box kick is a much-used tactic at the top level so grassroots coaches should be looking to use it as a means of exerting pressure and gaining territory.
Why use it
A box kick can be used as a contestable attacking kick in the opposition half and even if they do gather it, you have a chance to counter ruck.
Kick from within 2 to 15m of the touchline. Start off with a coned-off 10m square and a coned-off setpiece and finish with three coned-off 10m squares.
How to do it
Put a 9 behind a coned-off ruck/scrum/lineout. He sets himself to box kick to the 10m square (see picture 1). The kick should be in the air for 3 to 4 seconds (“hang time”). Then add a defender who the 9 tries to clear and a chaser. This will help with the timing and distance (see picture 2). Finally, ask the 9 to try out a shorter kick (chip), a lower kick that bounces (chox) as well as a normal kick (box) using the 10m squares (see picture 3).
- Aim to land the ball in the 5-15m lineout lines.
- Keep shoulders parallel with the near touchline (rightfooted kicker).
- Head down and after the kick, pivot on the non-kicking foot and walk a few steps, directly towards the intended line of flight/landing.