Rugby: Handling Skills Warm Up

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DESCRIPTION

  • Groups of four, players stand in a T shape with about two yards between each player.
  • The player in the middle is the focal point and each round is designed to test that middle player as they will be doing the most passing and receiving.
  1. Player A - Player B
  2. Player B - Player C
  3. Player D - Player B
  4. Player B - Player D
  5. Player C - Player B
  6. Player B - Player A
  7. Player D - Player B
  8. Player B - Player D
  • The middle player must receive from the side and pass out the other side.
  • The middle player then plays a one-two return pass with the player opposite.
  • The middle player then receives the ball from the side player they just gave it to and passes it back across to the original passer.
  • Another one-two with the player opposite is then played.
  • Switch positions clockwise after 20/30 seconds.

COACHING POINTS

  • The game is all about quick hands, always being ready to receive the next pass.
  • Once the middle player passes, they need to ensure their hands are in a good position around the torso height, to receive the next pass.
  • The trigger for passing to the middle player is when the ball leaves the middle player's hands on the prior pass.
  • Give the middle player as little time as possible to be ready to receive the ball.

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Be brief when telling the players the laws of this game, it's important to get them moving quickly. This is not a contact game. Break your players into two teams, giving each team their own colour of bibs if necessary. One team goes to attack, and one to defence. Nominate a Scrum Half for each team. There is no kicking in this game. Normal laws of rugby apply e.g. a forward pass will result in the ball being turned over to the opposition. If an attacking player is touched: they must go to ground, present the ball, two of their teammates ruck over (staying over the ball), and the Scrum Half moves the ball for the next phase of attack. When you start playing this game make sure that the defence is employing your defensive pattern around the ruck. As the game develops consider telling the defenders that they must have one or more players at the back of the ruck, if they are not fast enough to do this - push them back 10 meters. It’s important that defenders are employing their defensive pattern behind the primary defensive line. Have attacking players do what they normally would at the ruck. Depending on your goals decide on the number of touches you wish to allow e.g. unlimited is not a bad option as mistakes will be made! When you feel the time is appropriate, usually during a ruck, blow you whistle and should FLIP IT – kicking in or throwing in a second ball to the back 3/2 defenders on the team currently in defence OR just kick it behind the defenders. The defensive team goes, without hesitation, into attack. The team that was attacking goes into defence and you or an assistant coach remove the other ball from play when you can. Ideally you might have two balls with different markings. Don't hesitate to shape the game to focus on your session goals, and let us and other coaches know what worked for you!

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