While we want players to carry the ball in two hands more, they are plenty of times when one-handed carries are important. But the hand has to be more dominant than the body and here’s why… MORE
3 touch rugby games for better handling
Touch rugby is a good way to build skills but you need to have a number of modifications up your sleeve. Here are three that work on handling:
The ball carrier has three seconds to release the ball after he has been touched but can keep running.
2. No-miss pass touch
The ball carrier cannot use a long pass to miss out players. This promotes quicker hands to move the ball and improved depth.
No-miss pass touch works well if you can overload the attack. Give each player a number. After every minute, the defending team drops one player out in rotation.
This means that when in attack, that player plays on but in defence he has to run to the back of the playing area.
3. Lumpy touch
Two or three players per team are “lumpies” and can only offload the ball with one hand. If they are touched, a team mate has to rip the ball off them (see the pictures on the right). They can take three steps forward once touched but one lumpy cannot rip the ball from another.