Receiving the Pass
To have players maintain the continuity of play by receiving a pass from their teammate and continuing forward.
What to Coach
Learning how to properly catch a rugby ball is very important for player safety and to keep the continuity of the game.
Step 1: Show players how to properly catch a rugby ball.
- Form the letter “W” with both hands by placing thumbs together and spreading fingers wide.
- Keep your eye on the ball all the way from the thrower to your hands.
- Catch the ball with both hands while keeping the “W” shape.
- Tuck the ball close to your body near your stomach and run forward keeping the ball in both hands.
Step 2: Have players practice with a partner by forming two lines across from each other and work on receiving the ball in a stationary position. Start players closer together before having them spread apart to make the passes more difficult.
Step 3: Have players advance from a stationary position by walking, jogging, and running from one end of the field to the other, completing 10-20 passes each. Help players individually work on receiving the ball correctly.
- 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.
- Allow players to work on receiving different types of passes. Have players start five yards apart receiving pop passes and then work up to about eight yards apart receiving a spin pass.
- Make sure players always move forward after receiving the ball.
- Make sure players are forming the letter “W” with their hands, away from their chest.
- Always have players call for the ball, even when practicing.