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Cold and Hot Potato

Difficulty: Beginner


    A simple game designed to help players work on the different types of rugby passes.

    How to Play

    1. Have players form a circle with one player starting with the rugby ball.
    2. Players will start with a “cold potato” rugby ball where they take time to learn a passing skill that the coach chooses by passing the ball around the circle to whoever they choose.  Examples include:
      • Pop Pass
      • Spin Pass
      • One Handed Pass
    3. The instructor will then change the ball to a “hot potato” and players should work on quickly passing the ball using the technique showed by coach with the “cold potato”.  Incorporate a time limit where players must pass within two seconds in order to increase the speed of the game.



    Coaching Notes

    Game Progressions

    1. Have groups of players compete to get the most amount of complete passes in a certain time limit.
    2. Incorporate more rugby balls.
    3. Have players replace the person they pass to.

    Key Skills

    • Passing
    • Receiving

    Key Concepts

    1. Make sure players continue to use their W’s when receiving the ball.
    2. Help players work to always be in a position to receive a pass.
    3. Encourage players to count  loudly and together every time a successful pass is made.

    Log Activity

    Log Activity (New)

    • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
    • Please provide a brief summary of the session and any additional information relevant for reporting. Things to include could be the number of volunteers present, types of resources provided, and follow-up/next steps.