EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Working through the questions

Let’s put this game through the purpose questions:

QuestionAnswer
What is the purpose of the game?The PURPOSE of the game is to develop the technique and skill of passing.
Can it be used for any other purpose?The same game can also be used to work on defence and spatial awareness.
What principles of play are involved?Go forward and support which will also encourage continuity and pressure
What skills are being used?Pass, receive, tackle/tag/touch, evasion
Is it appropriate for the group (age and capability)?Yes as it will have simple rules and can be adapted to suit
What will be my focus?Go forward, support and pass (timing, delivery, receive)
What rules/conditions can I use to make it easier/more challenging?Increase/decrease number of tackles. Bonus point for passing FOR the receiver rather than TO. Additional touches (tackles) for running onto the pass. Fewer touches for lack of support.
What prior learning will I expect to see?Go forward, pass, receipt, support, evasion, tackle/tag
What do I expect the end game to look like?Dynamic go forward and support. More movement of the ball before the tackle is made. Press defence

Okay, happy with that…

Let’s delve a bit deeper by going back a couple of steps to see how a game might fit into a larger plan. That’s in the next lesson.

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