To have players maintain continuity of play by passing to a teammate in a better position.
What to Coach
It is important for players to remember a few simple rules to effectively pass a rugby ball during play. Once practiced enough, these rules should become second nature and players will be able to perform a basic pass easily.
Step 1: Show players what a basic pass looks like:
- Run straight
- Hold the ball with both hands
- Look at the receiver
- Pass at chest height in front of the receiver
- Be sure the pass is made laterally or backwards
- Complete the pass and follow through by pointing hands at the receiver
Step 2: Have players practice with a partner by forming two lines across from each other and passing in stationary positions. Start with a short distance between players. Increase the distance between lines to make it more challenging.
Step 3: Have players practice the basic pass in small groups of 2-6 players going from one end of a grid to the other, completing 10-20 passes each. Help players individually learn how to pass by correcting their form.
- Have players work on different types of passes in the passing line that they have learned (i.e. pop pass).
- Make exercises dynamic by incorporating running with passing.
- Increase the distance passed.
- Make sure every player passes with two hands on the ball.
- Ensure that players pick a target area before making any pass. They should be looking at their receiver and know where the ball is going before they pass.
- Make sure players are following through with their arms when they pass, pointing at the receiver.
- Make sure their arms are straight when they follow through.