Rugby: Miss Me Baby, One More Time!

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Tyrone, Rugby Coach

DESCRIPTION

  1. We will begin with laterial passing down the line, just to get going.
  2. On your call we will start to miss the player in the middle, and pass to the next player instead (a miss-pass).
  3. The player who is being missed should still come forward at speed and should still look as if they are going to take a ball.
  4. When finished the players rejoin the back of the lines on the grid, but they move down one. So the first ball carrier now becomes the player to be missed, the missed player now becomes the reciever, and the reciever now moves to the first position to carry the ball.
  5. Simple - lets get moving.

COACHING POINTS

Don't feel that you have to focus on all of the following coaching points, you may have your own. Select the points that most closely match your overall training and session goals.

  • The miss pass will most likely have to be spun given the distance and the need to attack space quickly.
  • The player in the middle needs to come through at speed, their hands need to be out, they need to look as if they will actually take the pass, and they need to make sure that they don't get in the way of the pass - so they should try to get ahead of it.
  • The missed player should act in a manner than commits their defender, both in voice and in terms of body language.
  • Players need to be able to execute this move off both hands, so change the starting position of the ball.
  • Make sure that your players are experiencing success before you start to increase distances or introduce defenders.
  • Players should work within the training area at a high tempo, but building towards that tempo in line with their ability.
  • Receivers hands are our ready to take the pass, as is the players hands that is being missed.
  • Ball carriers attack at pace.
  • If using defenders: Ball carriers avoid contact by using changes in foot-speed, they stay on the balls of their feet, they sidestep, and communicate.
  • Communication must be effective (loud enough), efficient (brief but with enough information to get the job done), and encouraging (highlighting good work, effort, and that the next pass etc. is the most important).
  • Receivers call the ball, ball carriers verbally look for support.
  • Passes are not forward.
  • Passes are weighted correctly in terms of speed, distance, and accuracy.
  • A pass is only good when caught.
  • Mistakes happen, you as a coach focus on the fix and let the players play.
  • Be upbeat and encouraging - provide opportunities for success and set realistic targets.
  • The missed man should not be running flat and getting in the way of the pass.
  • The passer should avoid a high pass, this slows the ball down making an intercept more likely.

PROGRESSION

  • Increase the distance between the cones and therefore the length of the pass.
  • Introduce 2 defenders and allow the attack to experiment.

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Bang & Bingo

Set up: the cones as shown with a cone 10 meters each side of the posts on the try line. This will mark where the ball will be passed from (feeder) preferably from a scrum half. Divide the group into 3 and ask them to stand in single file behind each cone. The ball is fed from a position alternately from either side of the post. This will encourage the players to scan, communicate and to be expectant of the ball. The players on the cones opposite the posts will either be the 1st receiver or the BANG option runner. The BANG runner is always running an out to in, or up to in line to fix the 2nd defender. The players on the middle cone will receive the ball in the BINGO (pull back) option outside the ‘outside’ post or just in behind the BANG player. The BINGO players should run and an arced run to receive the ball outside the outer post. The BINGO player should try to straighten up prior to receiving or on receiving the ball. Progression: Get 2 players or coaches to stand in front of the posts with 2 different coloured cones in their hands on their hips. The cones will represent the ‘hips’ of the 2nd defender. The aim is to encourage the 1st receiver to scan, look, and make a quick decision (choice of pass) depending on what the defender is doing. If the 1st receivers sees the ‘inside’ cone on the 2nd defender then they must assume the defenders hips are turned OUT and make a short pass to the BANG runner. If the 1st receivers sees the ‘outside’ cone on the 2nd defender then they must assume the defenders hips are turned IN and make a PULL BACK pass to the BINGO runner.

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Continuous Passing Off The Floor 2

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).

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