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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