Rugby: Quick Hands - Warm Up

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DESCRIPTION

  • Within a group there are two groups of 4 attackers and one chaser/scrum half.
  • At the middle point, marked by a cones, the scrum half moves the ball to the first attacking line.
  • The scrum half firstly tracks the progress of the ball, as the exercise progresses - the scrum half should apply more and more pressure to the ball carrier - working up to the point of becoming a full on defender.
  • When the ball reaches the opposite end of the grid, the last player in the line sets the ball down.
  • The scrum half then feeds the ball to the next attacking line, fulfilling their own role within the exercise.
  • The opposite attacking line should realign in preparation for the next attack.
  • The tempo of this exercise should be high.

COACHING POINTS

You don't have to focus on all, or even any, of the following coaching points. You may have your own, but do feel free to focus on the points that are applicable to your session and training goals.

  • Ball carrier carries the ball in two hands.
  • The tempo of the attack and exercise is high.
  • Quick hands - no spin passes over short distance.
  • The weighting of the pass in terms of speed, accuracy, and distance is well judged.
  • The passer is sympathetic to the receiver.
  • A good pass is only a good pass when caught.
  • Don't focus too much on dropped balls etc. Mistakes happen, the next pass is the most important.
  • Receivers hands are out.
  • There is good communication between the ball carrier and the receiver.
  • The scum half tracks the ball, applying pressure to the ball carrier.
  • Balls are set to ground using two hands.
  • Runners come onto the ball at pace.
  • Quick hands require one passing movement.
  • Change up the scum half.
  • Players should be able to pass off both hands, there is no bad or good hand - just a passing hand that has not been developed enough.
  • Players should have fun!

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