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Av ricardo rodriguez - 21 november 2009 21:07


Passing is basically pushing a ball towards a target. Sometimes the pass will be spun or rifled towards the target, making it move faster.

Imagine pushing a door or a shopping trolley. Your hands are pushing and finishing in the direction you want the object to go. The same should happen with a pass.


Players should push the pass to the target, with the hands always moving towards the target when in contact with the ball and then immediately afterwards.


The same should be felt about a pass. It has to meet the target. To do this, the passer needs to have the right sense of what he wants to achieve.


Head up for better vision

The passer of a ball has two places to look when making a pass. The target and the opposition.


International Rugby Technical Journal


The primary function of passing the ball is to move the ball to a player in a better position to take the ball forward. To do this requires good use of peripheral vision to see where the space is and also where the team mates are.




The player has better peripheral forward vision when his head is up and looking ahead, than when it is looking down. A player can see objects in a big arc in front of them, and this arc is maximised when the head is held up.


Hip height

The hips are an excellent line along which to ascertain possible causes of poor passing.


Watch any two good passing players, and they will carry the ball at different heights.


  • The poor passer: The most common problem for a poor passer is passing the ball from well below hip height. This can be referred to as "pendulum passing", where the ball is moved in the plane of swinging pendulum.
  • The good passer: Watch a top fly half pass a long spin pass and the hips will drop lower with the ball. But the pass will move along his hips.

Pressure

The execution of a pass is affected by technical attributes and mental ability. A player may have a good technique, but can find that they cannot perform under pressure.


In training, pressure in the form of less time and space will build a mental strength. Moreover, a passing exercise without a decision having to be made at some stage does not replicate the authentic need to pass a ball.


Pace

The pace of the runners, both ball carrier and receiver, may require a couple of adjustments.


A little bit of simple physics will tell us that when a player moving forward passes the ball backwards, that is behind them, the ball in flight may well travel forwards.


The brain makes a calculation on trying to hit a moving target. However, players should be aware of how the ball moves in the air once passed to help them adjust their own passing.


Greater pace when moving forward reduces the passing range and potential arm action of making the pass.


Exercises in passing and movement at the same time teach each player their capabilities as well as improve their attributes.


Get players to pass when they are running at different speeds and directions to improve their further understanding.



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