EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Rugby coaching warm-ups to prepare for sprinting

Moonwalking – think like a triple jumper

  • From a jogging start, get the players to try to cover 20m in as few strides as possible.
  • Count the number of strides each player takes over four attempts.

What to say

  • “Drive with the arms to get more distance”
  • “Keep the head up and relaxed”
  • “Keep your momentum forward by landing on your heel and driving off your toes”

Ping! – promotes explosive sprinting

  • One player with the ball is held by another from behind by the shorts.
  • The ball carrier leans forward and tries to start running away from the holder.
  • Maintaining resistance, the holder lets the ball carrier move a couple of metres and then releases him.
  • The ball carrier explodes forward from a falling position.

What to say

  • “Ball carrier: Use short steps to regain your balance”
  • “Ball carrier: Work the arms to maintain balance and then use with your running action”

Developments

  • Use an old shirt or towel to hold the player in position.
  • Decide who initiates the “let go” – the holder or the ball carrier.

This article is from Rugby Coach Weekly.

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