Rugby: Ladder Pass

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DESCRIPTION

  • Have four players stand at the four cones, the other players, in their own running groups of four should, be behind them - ready to go when their turn comes.
  • Give the first player, the player with the ladder furthest away, a ball.
  • The other players should lay down on the ground.
  • When the first player runs and reaches the ladder, the second player can get up and attack, the third player can attack when the second player reaches their ladder, and the forth player can get up and attack when the third player reaches their ladder.
  • The pass should be passed down the line, but you can only pass when you're inside your own ladder and you can only receive when you are inside you own ladder.
  • Players aim to get the ball down the line, and should, score at the end before passing the ball to the first receiver in the next group.
  • Players cannot stop inside a ladder or at any time during the attack.

COACHING POINTS

Don't feel that you need to focus on all of the following coaching points. Select the points that best match your session and coaching targets at this time, and add your own.

  • Attackers carry the ball in two hands.
  • Passes are weighted correctly in terms of distance, speed, and accuracy.
  • Communication between attackers: They call the ball and decide the timing of the pass based on what they hear and see. Their communication should also be encouraging.
  • Mistakes happen, what is important is the next pass and correcting any issues that caused the mistake. Make corrections on the fly, keep your corrections brief and provide a realistic target for the player for the next pass etc.
  • Receivers hands are out.
  • Support players attack at pace, getting themselves into the catching and passing zone quickly.
  • Players stay on the balls of their feet while in the ladder and keep their heads up to scan what is in front of them.
  • Players touch the ball down, holding it with two hands.
  • Progression: Progress this exercise by having four assistant coaches or players stand two meters ahead of each ladder. They should have two different colour cones, one in each hand held behind their back. While a player is on the ladder, the person holding the cones can at any time hold up one cone - and the player on the ladder must without delay shout out the colour. This will help your players to focus on what is happening in front of them, while working on the ladder and listening for a call to pass. Players must be able to multitask! Remember, a skill is only a skill when it can be preformed under pressure, and there is more than one type of pressure that a player can encounter during a game.

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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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