Welcome to Better Rugby Coaching Issue 102
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What "rugby netball" teaches your players
Rugby netball, when mentioned to the players, tends to bring a
few groans. Actually, from someone like me who used to teach netball(!)
it is better than basketball as a means of teaching spatial awareness,
footwork and go forward. So here is a fresh version for you
to try, great for a warm up for ten minutes.
- 20m x 20m pitch. Create circle/box of
about 2m x 2m at each end.
- Two equal teams of no more than 8
- KEY RULE: Each player must be
marked by another player. No swapping
in the game.
- Any type of pass is allowed, but no
pass can be more than 5m.
- No contact. Defenders must be three
feet from the ball carrier. Any closer
and they are penalised with one
push up whilst the play continues.
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- No running with the ball.
- If the ball goes to the ground, the
ball goes to the team who were not
the last to touch it.
- To score the ball must be caught in
the box area. The box area is out of
bounds to the defence, and can only
be occupied by an attacker for 3
- Any offence is an immediate ball to the other side from where the
- 2 players are nominated as
defenders only on each side and
are not allowed out of their half.
This will free up space for both
sides, since the man markers
will have to remain with their
defenders (in effect becoming
- Once in possession a side must
move the ball out their half
within 10 seconds.
Skills to look for:
- Getting into space, away from
defender – use side steps, twists,
changes of pace.
- Accurate passing in traffic.
- Different types of passing.
- Clear communication e.g. use
names; use hand signals.
- Working quickly, problem solving.
In next week’s issue: “LOMU” from 50 Great Backs Moves
Dan Cottrell, Editor
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