EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Silent killer

By taking away the right to call for the ball, this game shows players just how important clear communication skills are when it comes to passing and receiving. Shhhhh…..

Set-up

A 15x10m box containing seven attackers with a ball and four defenders (picture 1).

The rules

For one minute attackers pass the ball and defenders try to intercept as many passes as possible (picture 2). After one minute repeat but now the attackers must pass with no communication at all (talking, clapping, coughing, etc.) so the ball carrier can only use his visual skills to find a free player (picture 3).

Finish by nominating a random attacker – you point to him – and he has to play with his hands behind his back for 20 seconds unable to take a pass – still silent. Now have a debrief and get the players’ response then send them back out. They can call for the ball again but can only hold it for ONE SECOND before passing it.

Scoring

  • For the first game count how many successful passes are made in one minute.
  • For the silent games count and compare scores.

Tell them

“Look at what’s happening and make judgments.”

“Accurate passes to a target.”

“Get into position to receive the pass safely.”

“Secure the ball before passing it on.”

Coaching tips

Some players never call for the ball but expect to get it. By muting all players, those that never make themselves heard will appreciate how difficult they are to find at match speed.

 

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