Denis Betts, former head coach of Rugby League side Widnes, spent four years as a rugby union skills coach at Gloucester. Here he shares his thoughts. MORE
Develop your players’ ability to pass with their heads up to see what’s coming. Help them pass in corridors of traffic but with limited chances of collisions.
Avoiding collisions means looking ahead, but still looking to take a pass. Expect mistakes as players don’t focus on what’s in front of them enough.
- Put three players at one end of the box on one set of coloured cones and three players at the opposite end on another set of coloured cones.
- They run down the box, receiving a pass from a feeder at the edge and moving the ball along the line to other feeder.
- They turn and repeat.
- They should do one “there and back” before changing positions.
- Restart if there is a dropped ball.
- Have the players run back at an angle on the return leg.
- The run at one coloured coned. Receive and pass the ball.
- At the other end, they turn and run to the other coloured cone, now running at a slight angle.
- Change the dimensions of the box.
- Try using different types of ball: soccer, tennis or netball.
- Run straight, look up and pass when the receiver is in space.
- Keep the ball above hip height when you pass.
- Look ahead and then look at the receiver.