Work on the basics of taking a drop kick, both to score points by kicking at goal in open play or, more commonly, for taking restarts, like kick offs.
TWO TYPES OF DROP KICK
For the restart, aim to hang the ball in the air by leaning back a little and striking through the ball.
For the drop goal, offset the shoulders just outside target, lean forward and drive the leg through the ball.
HOW TO PRACTISE
Warm-up – dropping the ball: The player stands in the kicking position and drops the ball so it bounces up and he can scoop it up with his hands.
Practice 1 – kick off: Two players stand 20m apart. They drop kick the ball to each other. They concentrate on accuracy rather than distance. Remember that the foot needs to be hard on contact and the toe pointed up slightly. Reduce and increase the distances, but ensure the kicker aims to land the ball close to the receiver to replicate a game situation for a kick-off chase.
Practice 2 – drop goal: Set up three players: the kicker, a passer and a defender about 5m away from the passer. The kicker receives a pass and kicks for goal. The players then rotate. The pass should be challenging so the kicker has to correct themselves to find a rhythm to go for goal. The defender can charge down the kick if appropriate.
The drop and bounce is key to a good kick – spend time perfecting this before moving onto the kick.
WHAT TO CALL OUT
Drop the ball from below the hip.
Keep your eyes focused on the ball at all times.
Make your toes “hard” (point them, for example) and strike the ball on the laces of the boot.
Follow through towards the target.
DEVELOP THE PRACTICE
Play the “pressure kick” game. You stand on the 22m line in front of the goal posts with three players.
You roll the ball out. One player chases after the ball and then passes it back towards another player who gets into position to kick a drop goal.
The third player runs around the ball as it is rolled out, without interfering with the pass, and then tries to charge down or prevent the kicker making a successful drop goal attempt.
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