Rugby: Pass and run

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Heather, Rugby Coach

DESCRIPTION

Tell the players the following....

  1. Player 1 starts with the ball.
  2. Player 1 passes the ball to player 2 and then quickly moves off their cone and runs to the cone where player 2 is and back to their cone.
  3. Player 2 then passes to player 3, follows the pass to the position of player 3 and back to their starting position.
  4. Change your passing hand each time
  5. The aim is to for the players to be back in their starting position before the ball returns back, but main thing is that they provide a good pass to the receiving player.

COACHING POINTS

Don't feel that your need to focus on all of the following coaching points. Choose the points that take into account your players ability, and your own training and session goals.

  • The receivers hands should be out, ready to receive the ball and presenting a taget for the passer.
  • The ball carrier should pass the ball before running. The pass should be weighted correctly in terms of distance, speed, and accuracy.
  • Players should consider if a spin pass is needed or not.
  • Players should pass off both hands during this exercise.
  • Passers should execute the pass with the following in mind: the foot opposite to the direction of the pass is forward, the passing hand is further back than the supporting hand, the elbow of the passing hand is up, the passer follows through the pass using the wrists to generate power, the passing hand and supporting hands are spread across the ball pointing down, the point of the ball is raised slightly, the passing hands draws across the ball to create the spin - with the ball rolling off the tips of the fingers, the pass motion is fluid rather than forced.
  • As players become more comfortable and experience success, increase the passing distance.
  • Communication should be effective, efficient, and encouraging - highlighting the next receiver, their location, and if the pass is a short or long pass.
  • Passers should follow their pass at speed.
  • Accept that, within reason, that player will make mistakes. Give you players to do so without over focusing on mistake. The next pass and the next catch is the most important - and it is your responsibility as a coach to train your players in order to reduce mistakes.
  • Vary the drill, passing to the left and right.
  • Have fun with it!
  • PROGRESSION

    1. Place a ladder down each side of the grid, the returning player must advance through the ladder using different techniques each time.
    2. Using two ball, the passing player chases the second pass - that means each player is making two passes before running.

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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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