To have players become familiar with the shape and size of a rugby ball.
What to Coach
Describe the rugby ball by comparing it to other sports that kids will know. A rugby ball is bigger than a football and about the size of a soccer ball. The shape is similar to a football so that the ball can easily be passed, but the shape is more round than a football so that the ball can be kicked as well.
Step 1: Have kids pass the rugby ball around and have them pick out differences and similarities between a rugby ball and other sports balls.
Step 2: Have everyone hold their own ball, instructing them to carry the ball with two hands at all times.
Step 3: Make a small square space with cones and have players run from one side to the other, making sure to hold the ball in two hands at all times.
Step 4: On the instructor’s signal, have them all put their balls down and pick up someone else’s, making sure to use two hands at all times.
Step 5: Have players throw the ball into the air and catch it 5-10 times each.
Step 6: Lastly, have them move the ball around their bodies. Start around the waist and then try under each leg. Make it a fun contest to see who can perform various skills without dropping the ball during each exercise.
- If players are older, shorten your introduction and have players run in the grid and perform a different action every time you signal. For example, every time you blow the whistle, players must move the ball around their waist and feet before finding a new ball.
- If players are already experienced with a ball, this skill can be used as a warm-up or conditioning game.
- Make sure players use two hands at all times.
- Make sure players are communicating with you and their teammates.
- Make sure players are varying their movements.
- Help players identify the best method for performing each skill.