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 promote the use of keeping your head up 2

Heads up and beat the chaos

in Passing & Handling, Practice plans

We need to develop players’ ability to pass with their heads up to see what’s coming. This session helps them pass in corridors of traffic and limit the chance of collisions. It is a simple session to set up and has plenty of developments. MORE

Passing off the last two fingers

in Passing & Handling

Mastering this exercise will help players gain ultimate control of their pass. The key is to roll the ball off the hand so that the little finger and ring finger are the last two points of contact. By getting used to stepping and passing, and flicking the hand through at the end, players will build up the core skill of passing. They will also learn to do so from both sides. MORE

The cat flap

in Passing & Handling, Rugby drills

“Cat-flapping” is an exciting way to build core handling skills for close contact. It enables players to offload on the move out of the back of their hand and maintain continuity. By using the four points of contact and then two, players can pass the ball out of the back of his hand effectively. MORE

Move it, keep it

in Passing & Handling, Rugby drills

Develop your players' ability to control the ball on their body before contact by making sure they have at least two, if not four, points of contact on the ball. By moving the ball from hand to hand quickly, players are able to keep it free and away from the opposition. With a good grip, from hand, to forearm to bicep to chest, they can take contact and release the ball quickly (either for a placement or a pass – even a “catflap” pass). MORE

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