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Depth Running

Difficulty: Intermediate


    A line passing drill that helps players learn the concept of forward movement with backwards and lateral passing.

    How to Play

    1. Set up four cones two yards apart and have players line up behind each cone.
    2. The first player in each line will be working together to form a rugby passing line.

    • The first line will start standing with the ball.
    • The second line will start on their knees.
    • The third line will start on their stomachs.
    • The fourth line will start on their backs.

    3.  On the coach’s signal the first player in each line gets up at the same time and start running forward.  The player with the ball should run about 5 yards before passing the ball to the teammate next in line.
    4. The players catch and pass the ball down a diagonal line, with the final person at the end of the line scoring a try.  Be sure passes are all lateral and/or backwards.
    5. Players should rotate through the game by joining a different line after every turn.

    Coaching Notes

    Game Progressions

    1. Pass the ball from the right and left sides.
    2. Increase the distance between cones.
    3. Time each set of passes to see if players can improve their pace.
    4. Have all players start standing but make sure they are still running behind each other.

    Key Skills

    • Passing
    • Receiving
    • Moving Forward
    • Communication

    Key Concepts

    1. Receivers should keep their hands up and out at chest height, with their hands and fingers making a “W.”
    2. Encourage players to use proper passing form including both hands on the ball and following through, pointing their arms at the target.

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