EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Pop pass pandemonium

Players have to complete 15 regulation passes then 15 pop passes – while also having to concentrate on running, evasion and calling – see how many balls to go hand or to ground…

SET UP

Two 15m squares, each side marked with different coloured cones. Maximum of seven players in each square to form two different teams. Two balls in each square (picture 1).

THE RULES

To start, each player passes and receives the ball 15 times. They count out loud after completing each receive/pass (picture 2). Upon reaching 15, they change to pop passing and must complete 15 of these. After each successful pop pass, the player runs around a cone of a different colour before re-entering the square for their next pass (picture 3).

SCORING

The first team where every player completes 15 receive/ passes and 15 pop passes is the winner.

TELL THEM

“Pass at a good height with enough hang time for the receiver to catch it.”

“Early calling for the ball.”

“Find space, accelerate into it, receive the ball, and evade everyone else.”

COACHING TIPS

When completing switch movements on the field, one of the key mistakes is passing the ball to a receiver when what is required is a pop pass for them to run onto. This is a pressurised but fun game that can be used at the beginning or end of a session.

 

Fun rugby games for 12 to 15 year olds key

 

Pop pass pandemonium - part 1

 

Pop pass pandemonium - part 2

 

Pop pass pandemonium - part 3

 

Pop pass pandemonium - part 4

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