Rugby: Continuous Passing Off The Floor 2

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DESCRIPTION

Set up a rectangle of cones (10x5) with two gates of cones of a different colour 2m in front of cones on opposite sides of the rectangle (See diagram).

Get the players to line up in equal numbers behind the 4 cones of the rectangle (1, 2, 3, 4).

The ball starts on the floor between one of the gates of cones, a player approaches from behind a cone (1) and passes the ball off the floor to a player running onto the ball from behind a cone (2). The player who passed the ball continues his run and joins the back of the queue infront of him (4). The receiver catches the ball and continues his run, putting the ball on the ground between the cones in front of him, before joining the back of the queue (3). The player at the front of the queue (3) runs forward, and passes the ball off the floor to a player running onto the ball from behind a cone (4). The player who passed the ball continues his run and joins the back of the queue infront of him (2). The receiver catches the ball and continues his run, putting the ball on the ground between the cones in front of him, before joining the back of the queue (1). The player at the front of the queue (1) runs forwards, and passes the ball off the floor to a player running onto the ball from behind a cone (2), and the drill continues...

Change the direction by moving the gates of cones forward to be in front of the opposite cones (4 and 2, instead of 1 and 3)

Progressions:

Instead of putting the ball on the ground, have to go to ground, present the ball, then get up and out of the way.

As a group must complete 10 successful passes before the session can move on, every time a ball is dropped the whole group does an exercise (e.g. 10 press ups).

COACHING POINTS

Passing off the floor: Outside foot next to the ball, other foot facing towards target. The player should get low and stay low. The pass should be one smooth movement from the floor with the hands following through towards the target, staying low throughout. 

Catching: hands extended from the body to create a target -> call for the pass

Players should communicate with each other.

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