EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Social distancing T drill for passing

Use this T drill passing exercise to work on players passing, with added movement elements to create more variability and fatigue. A good activity for warm-ups and also part of a conditioning block during pre-season.

Notice in particular the movement of the central player. Also, challenge the feeder to co-coach,

  1. Put a feeder with a ball about 3-4m in front of the central passer. Put a player either side of the central passer, again around 3-4m away. One of these players holds a ball.
  2. Use cones to help less experienced players know their starting points.
  3. Have the feeder pass the ball to the central player as they run forward.
  4. The central player takes the pass and then passes it the player to their side who isn’t carrying a ball. That player is also running onto the ball.
  5. In the meantime, the other player passes the other ball back to the feeder.
  6. The central returns to their cone and goes again.
  7. Run for 40 seconds and then swap roles.

DEVELOPMENTS

  1. Develop by changing the distances and throwing poor passes to the central player.
  2. Further develop by having the players at the side change their distances continuously, forcing the central player to be more aware.

TECHNIQUE

CATCH: Catch early and move the ball to the hip.

LOOK AND LOAD: Find the target early, raise the passing elbow (arm furthest from the receiver), and tuck in the lead elbow.

PASS: Push the lead through to the target. Turn the passing hand over.

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