Rugby: Passing By Numbers

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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, and fun.
  2. Each player will stand on a cone.
  3. The game starts with 1 pass right, then two passes left, then three right, then four left, then five right and so on until someone makes a mistake.
  4. The tempo of this game should be high.
  5. Close the circle as each player leaves.
  6. If you make a mistake, your out!
  7. A mistake includes: dropped balls and bad passes.
  8. The last two players standing, still play the game with two balls.
  9. If players can't agree who made a mistake - you resolve all disputes.
  10. Quick Hands!
  • This should be fun!
  • Don't forget to keep players that have been put out busy.

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.
  • The tempo of this activity should be high, it should be fun!
  • Passers do not spin the ball when there is no need to, we're close - so there is no need.
  • Passes should be weighted in terms of distance, accuracy, and speed.
  • A pass is only complete when caught, but in this game that is the catchers problem - as long as the pass is good.
  • The receivers hands should be out.
  • The pass requires soft hands as the speed of this exercise increases. This is about guiding the ball, rather than focing the pass.
  • Communication should be encouraging, effective, and efficient - but in this game it's dog eat dog and some of the communication may not be so encouraging - but keep it light hearted.
  • 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 need to think about what they are doing, but also about what they will be doing next, just like in the game!
  • Have fun, remember build your players confidence!

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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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