Passing & Handling

When it comes to coaching fundamentals, you don’t get much more fundamental than passing. Players aren’t all blessed with lightning pace or accurate kicking skills, but every player should be able to pass. The passing drills and handling activities in this section provide countless ways to improve your players passing and handling skills.

Push pass offline

in Passing & Handling, Rugby drills

This session will help players highlight their core skills under pressure. It works especially on short passes when the ball carrier is running “offline”. Offline means the passer is either running towards the intended receiver or away. MORE

Flat and deep

in Passing & Handling

This is a game like session which recognizes that sometimes the players are not perfectly aligned from a ruck and have to adjust their running lines accordingly. A good session to mix up forwards and backs. You can also identify decision makers who happily take on the role of first receiver. MORE

Offline passing

in Footwork and evasion, Passing & Handling

Push the ball carrier to change his angles of running and your support runners to react so defences are not faced with easy patterns to defend. This session works on “off-the-cuff” movements of players, so tests their recognition of space and reactions to their own team mates. MORE

Super-fast clearance (scrum half) passes

in Passing & Handling, Rugby drills

With younger age groups, the ball must be passed away from either the tackle or the ruck. Every player needs to be a clearing passer, and the faster the better. The clearance pass doesn’t need to be a spin pass. A firm pass, with the hands going through to the target is enough on most occasions. All the players in your team should be practising this skill. MORE

The speculator 2

The speculator

in Kicking & Catching, Passing & Handling, Practice plans

This session concentrates on players kicking a ball ahead on the ground. They have to control it, gather it and score, as they might when pouncing on a loose pass from the defence for instance. They might have to dribble the ball, or pick up and pass it. Any player may be in this situation and it will be a good source of tries over the season. MORE

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