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Advanced Passing

Difficulty: Advanced
  • Passing


To have players widen their offensive skill set to more effectively move the ball to space and increase continuity on the field.

What to Coach

There are many different types of passes in rugby, but in youth rugby the most common passes used are the basic, spin, and pop pass. Players should learn these passes and when to use them during play.

Spin Pass

Step 1:The spin pass is used for long distances and should be practiced by using the following technique:

  1. Hold the ball in two hands: The hand furthest from the receiver will be used to deliver the power and should be held at the back of the ball. The hand closest to the receiver will guide where the ball moves.
  2. Move your hands across the body and use the power hand to apply spin by rotating the hand as you release the ball.
  3. Follow through—Guide hands will point to the receiver with the power hand on top.

Step 2: Have players practice with partners. Help individuals work to perfect the spin pass.

Pop Pass

Step 1: The pop pass is used for short distances when throwing into the path of a teammate running forward. The technique for a pop pass is:

  1. Using two hands, throw the ball up.  The ball will be “placed” into the space to the right or left of the passer.
  2. The ball should be thrown into the path of support player who can run onto the ball to receive it.

Step 2: Have players practice with partners.  Help individuals work to perfect the pop pass.

Coaching Notes

Game Progressions

  1. Have players work on receiving the ball from different directions. Form a circle around one player and provide each player in the circle a ball. Call out different players to pass to the person in the center.
  2. Allow players to work on receiving different types of passes. Have players start five yards apart receiving pop passes and them work up to about eight yards apart receiving a spin pass

Key Concepts

  1. Make sure players always move forward after receiving the ball.
  2. Make sure players are forming the letter “W” with their hands, away from their chest.
  3. Always have players call for the ball, even when practicing

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