EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Having a ball 1

Sloppy passing is a common trait so get your players concentrating on the ball by putting numbers and symbols on it and making them pass only that ball to specific targets on your call.

Set-up

Number three balls 1 to 3 and draw a symbol on each like a square, circle, triangle, etc. Place 6 players in a 15m square (picture 1).

The rules

Players pass among themselves. Each time they catch a ball, they remember the shape and number on the ball they receive. On your call of a number or symbol the player with that ball has to pass it to you within one second, while the rest keep passing (picture 2).

The key here is for the player to be aware of the number and shape on their ball and react immediately. You roll/ kick the ball back into the square, call “Go!”, the ball is picked up and passed and the game continues (picture 3).

Time how long it takes a team to get three correct passes in a row to you.

Either play two squares side by side in a knockout tournament or play one square and time each team.

Scoring

The fastest team to get three correct passes in a row wins.

Tell them

“Look at the ball and take in the information.”

“Two hands on the ball.”

“Clear communication.”

“Pass across the body to the chest of the receiver.”

“Hands up, waiting for a pass.”

Coaching tips

Players assume they can catch but very often, their concentration lets them down. This game makes them concentrate on the ball before passing it.

 

Having a ball-1 Having a ball-2 Having a ball-3

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