Rugby: High Kick Catching

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DESCRIPTION

Drill to practice catching high kicks.

Set up a grid roughly 15m long and 10m wide.

Get a line of players on one side of the grid, and a coach or kicker on the other side.

The coach kicks the ball high into the air, the player at the front of the line runs into the grid and tries to catch the kick. Once they have caught the kick they pass the ball back to the coach and join the back of the line.

The coach then kicks the ball for the next player in line to catch.

PROGRESSION:

Encourage players to jump as they catch the ball

Add in a defender to put pressure on the player catching the ball.

COACHING POINTS

Catching technique - the player should position themselves side on so that if they drop the ball it will not be a knock-on. They should try to cushion the ball by bringing it into their body.

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