Can be practiced with all players but specifically for the kickers of the team for start off kicking and tactical point scoring.
1 ball, cones to set up target zones etc.
Hold ball nearly vertical with bottom hand, with top hand steadying rather than holding. Keep head over the ball during run up planting your non-kicking foot close to where you will drop the ball to keep your body balanced.
Drop the ball, do not throw it into the air first. Kick the ball as it begins to rise from the ground with the inside ball and laces of your foot. Follow through with kicking leg. The body’s hips and shoulders should be straight on to ensure all momentum has gone through the ball.
Set out targets with cones to pinpoint drop kicks for start off and 22 drop out kicks.
One team starts in the middle of the grid along the line. The idea of the game is to kick the ball over the middle team and try to land the ball in the oppositions area. If the ball is caught then no points are scored, if the ball bounces in the oppositions area then 1 point is scored.
If one of the players in the middle catches the ball (they gain 1 point) then they swap positions with the team that kicked the ball.
Kicking from hands requires the player to kick the ball before it bounces, unlike a drop kick. 1 ball, cones to give areas for scoring games etc.
The box kick is a very dangerous tactic for attack and defense.
When attacking it can apply immense pressure on a team by putting the ball behind them. It also isolates the receiver making them vulnerable to turnover.
It can also be dangerous if not executed correctly as you can end up giving away possession.
Practices for Juniors
4 teams of 2 players, with 2 teams at each end. One player from the 1st team starts with the ball. The player with the ball runs forward and kicks the ball on for their team mate to come from an on side position and recovers the ball, taking it at pace. The type of kick used is determined by the coach, who calls out either chip or grubber, at the last possible moment. The player then runs on and hands the ball off the player in the next group. The next group repeats the drill.
Two teams of 2. 1 team attacking and the other team defenders. Attacking team starts with a ball. Aim of the game is for the attacking team to reach the opposite try line by either using a chip or grubber kick to penetrate the defensive line. The aim of the defence is to advance in a tight defensive line and prevent the attacking team from scoring.
Players dropkick the ball, aiming to land the ball inside the area and then follow their kick. They then pick up the ball, run around the cone and rejoin the back of the line. Ball held, with hands evenly on each side Locate the target; then, eyes on the ball Ball held over knee of kicking leg at approx 45 degrees to ground Step on to non-kicking foot; guide ball to ground; kick ball at the instant it touches the ground. Follow through with kicking leg.
Players start with the ball, a few steps back from the crossbar. They must attempt to get the lift from the tight angle and flight the ball over the crossbar. After each success they can move a meter closer to the crossbar and repeat. On each occasion the ball is to land within the target zone as specified by the coach. Start the target zone quite large and then reduce it in size as the kicker grows more confident.
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