EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Counting balls

This passing game has been given an extra dimension by giving each ball a numerical value and injecting extra pace into proceedings once a certain number has been reached.

Set-up

A 25x20m box divided in two lengthways by a 1m channel containing seven balls numbered 3 to 9 (picture 1). Four players plus you as feeder (C).

The rules

You pass a numbered ball from the channel to the first player in the line of players working at jogging pace. The players pass to the end of the line as they jog up the pitch and the last player shouts out the number on the ball and puts it down for a try. You keep count of the number (picture 2).

At the far end, players turn into the next half of the box, run back to you and continue taking passes until the total number on the balls has reached 30 at which point you tell them and the next run is done at full pace (picture 3).

Set up two boxes and race two teams against each other. To make things harder, add two defenders once the 30 is called.

Scoring

The first team to score a try after reaching a total of 30 passing points wins.

Tell them

“Stay focused on the ball even when not in possession.”

“Hands up to receive the ball, pass across body, in front of the next receiver.”

Coaching tips

You want players to concentrate not only on passing but also on catching and communication skills.

 

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