EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

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.

How to execute the danish long ball 2

Danish long ball

in Footwork and evasion, Passing & Handling, Practice plans

Help your players discover the power of passing and evasion under pressure with this game. “Danish long ball” can be used to trigger lots of skills exercises, with players returning to the game afterwards. For instance you could work on long passing, sidestepping or communication in between bouts of play. MORE

How to improve in bad situations 3

Turning bad into good

in Passing & Handling, Practice plans

A bad pass need not always mean the end of a fluid move. Players can learn to react positively by adjusting their bodies to catch and then deliver the ball, and support players can learn to delay their runs. In this way your side can continue their patterns of play even if one of the passes has been disrupted. MORE

How to speed up passing 2

Pass faster

in Passing & Handling, Practice plans

Faster passing shifts the ball to where the defence is not, before they can fill the gap. Long passes are easier to defend because the defenders can shift as the ball is in the air. If a team passes the ball quickly, defences find it more difficult because their focus is constantly changing. MORE

How to perfect switch passing 2

Cut it up

in Attack, Passing & Handling, Practice plans

Switch passes, also known as cut passes, should be a natural part of the passing armory and used by all players. This session uses a simple exercise which can be set up with lots of stations for lots of activity. Players will quickly learn that timing and angles are as important as the pass itself. MORE

Pick up and play – ideal for younger players

in Passing & Handling

The ball is often fumbled or passed poorly as players get used to handling. That means more ball on the ground. Help your players recover the ball and play away. A moving rugby ball isn’t an easy thing to pick up. And once gathered, the new ball carrier has to make decisions on what to do next. Use this session to work on techniques and options. MORE

How to improve and reinforce running from the deep 2

Runner from the deep

in Attack, Passing & Handling, Practice plans

The pace of the attacking line can be enhanced by a player entering from a deep position. The timing of this run comes from using lots of practices like the ones in this session. Players get to know the passing shapes of their team mates and so find it easier to read the running lines and get their timing right. MORE

Sparta 300: Touch & run and kick backs

in Core skills, Passing & Handling

Handling enhanced training with balls arriving in the player's hands from different directions, angles and speeds. Touch & run develops catching at angle on the move; kick backs develops tests the catcher's reaction a quicker, more random return pass. Aim to get up to 30 touches in a minute of each activity. MORE

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