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Step and palm (fend) warm up - Kids Rugby

To maximise our time at training we should add our skill development into the warm up. Here is a side step and palm off (fend off) drill that allows for larger numbers and will help warm the players up without injury.

Set Up

Establish the number of participants, we really want to have at most 3 players lining up to run at a time. Therefore if you have 20 players you would be looking at setting 5 stations up (remember you will have a crash pad holder, so the groups are 4 players).
- Place a cone for each station about 1 meter apart to reduce the chance of collision.
- Place a crash pad about 4m back from the players with the ball.


- Tell the players to line up between a cone in groups of 4
- Tell the first player to go and pick up the crash pad and stand at the position of the crash pad.
- Give a ball to each group and explain to the players that the ball carrier will run forward with the ball in 2 hands until he/she reaches the pad, at which time they will choose the side they want to step towards and move the ball under the arm of the hand furtherest away from the pad.
- The ball carrier should attempt to push the pad away with the free hand (closest to the pad) and accelerate using the push to gain more speed.
- after they have completed the step and palm they job back to their group and hand off the ball to the next player. Its best to use 2 balls in each group speed things up.
- Change pad men every couple of minutes.

Coaching Points

- Ball in 2 hands when running
- Transfer the ball away from the contact zone
- Push arm into pad and use the push to accelerate away from the pad

If you are interested in more games and drills have a look at the manuals I have written for young players.

The Beginners Rugby Manual
The Introduction to Contact Rugby
The Introduction to Breakdown and Set Piece Manual  

Jason Grier | Tuesday, October 18, 2011 | Comments (571) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

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