Rugby: Number Cruncher

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DESCRIPTION

  • Keep your player briefing, brief! If necessary you might considering having one group quickly demonstrate the exercise to the other players.
  • Tell the players the following.......
  1. This exercise is nice and simple. They should stand at a cones in the circle, but their order in number should be random as in the diagram above.
  2. They have to pass to the next number up. So 1 passes to 2, who passes to 3 - and so on.
  3. That's get - lets get the ball 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.
  • Players should aim to keep the ball moving, catch and pass right away.
  • Passers do not spin the ball when there is no need to.
  • Passes should be weighted in terms of distance, accuracy, and speed.
  • A pass is only complete when caught.
  • The receivers hands should be out.
  • Both the ball carrier and receiver should communicate to highlight availability, distance, location, and the timing of the pass.
  • Communication should be encouraging, effective, and efficient.
  • Players should not view mistakes as failures, simply part of the learning process.
  • Differentiate your groups and allocate control tasks appropriate to the groups ability level. Every group should feel stretched but should experience success.
  • Players can develop their passing distance by increasing the distance they bring the ball back, by flicking their wrists, by spinning the ball to cut through the air quicker, by working to make sure that the release point from the hands is when the ball is traveling fastest, and by relaxing a little and not trying to force the pass.
  • Have fun, remember build your player confidence!

PROGRESSION

  • Follow you pass and swap places with the receiver.
  • Introduce two balls into the circle, then a third, keep going!
  • Put a defender into the circle who is to try and steel the ball, but they cannot simply stand beside the receiver.
  • Have the players progressively (when you decide) take one step out, making the passing circle and therefore distance bigger.

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Continuous Passing Square 2

Set up a square of cones, and get the players to form equal lines behind each cone. The ball starts in the hands of a player behind cone 1, who runs (black running line) towards cone 2, passes the ball to the player behind cone 2 who passes the ball back to the first player. The first player then runs towards cone 3 and passes the ball to the player standing behind cone 3. The player who passed the ball from behind cone 2 runs (blue running line) following the run of the first player and receives a pass from the player behind cone 3 before running towards cone 4 and passing the ball to the player behind cone 4. The player who passed the ball from behind cone 3 runs (yellow running line) following the run of the second player and receives a pass from the player behind cone 4 before running towards cone 1 and passing the ball to the player behind cone 1. The player who passed the ball from behind cone 4 runs (red running line) following the run and receives a pass from the player behind cone 1 before running towards cone 2 and passing the ball to the player behind cone 2. The player who passed the ball from behind cone 1 runs (black running line) following the run and receives a pass from the player behind cone 2 before running towards cone 3 and passing the ball to the player behind cone 3, and the drill continues. Change the direction which the ball is going. Progressions: Get the players to change direction on your command (shout/whistle etc) Multiple balls 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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