Catching a rolling ball
Catching a rolling ball (or a squirting, skidding, bobbling ball) is a great skill
you have to use from time to time during games.Especially in wet conditions.
Rolling, rolling, rolling
When you catch a rolling ball it`s very important
you keep control of it afterwards.
Good handling skills are a must.
Rugby catching basics
provides good foundations for tip top skills. You may go further faster.
Good catching is vital, coach yourself!
Coaching yourself will help the team.
You can be sure practicing alone
will be valuable later on when you have time to practice with other players.
You have spare minutes so improve skills on your own.
That`s when you can make mistakes with no consequences.
Thats the time when you can experiment and find the best way
or even new ways of doing things for you!
Just because I say this is how to practice it doesn`t mean it`s true!
Look at lots of ideas and methods.
Use the bits that suit you and seem to work.
Play about with them.
Some may be useful in certain situations.
Find out for yourself.
You don`t need to go to a rugby pitch and rugby coach to improve.
Improve anywhere, anytime all by yourself but you will have to be creative.
Catch a rolling ball - you`re a natural
You`re like a sponge. You are learning all the time.
All you have to do is think what to do and your mind does the rest.
It controls your body and your body performs the task.
But only because it knows how to do it
because you have done it before
enough times to remember and be good at it.
It`s all valuable experience. It`s simply repetition.
When we want to do something new
we talk about practice
but we don`t remember
just how many times we have to do things
before we can be considered skillful.
Use your experience. Keep your eyes wide open, concentrating on the ball.
Keep your mind on what you want to achieve.
How you catch a rolling ball
It`s a natural step from the basic skills for handling the ball.
I have called it "catching" because it fits the category.
You could say "dealing with" or anything you think best describes it.
The ball is travelling along the ground.
It may be rolling on the grass or hard mud
or slithering on a muddy surface.
It`s maybe skidding off wet grassy areas of the field
or possibly bobbling from side to side
because of spin on the ball
or from a slightly uneven surface of the pitch.
It may be squirting as it travels over first mud then grass
or out from under a player trying to fall on the ball.
But basically it`s rolling and keeping predictably low to the ground.
Guidelines are given to junior players
to help cope with the complexity of the game.
They are just guidelines.
They are not laws that players must use all their career as some players may think.
What you do depends very much on the situation.
What is no good for one set of circumstances
may be right for the situation you find yourself in.
How you deal with catching a rolling ball
depends on where
you are on the field
and what is going on around you.
In other words what pressure are you under, what are
the consequences of making a mistake.
What are the potential rewards for taking a risk - is it worth a try.
You have to weigh it all up
and then you decide what to do.
Rolling ball situations
The ball is rolling, slithering and skipping
close to the ground and towards you.
You are standing five metres out from your own goal-line.
No opposition - their nearest player is 40 metres away.
Little pressure. They are so far away you have plenty of time.
if you knock-on they get a scrum five metres out from the try line
their put in to the scrum and a push over try is possible
they would have an amazing attacking opportunity
and that means big trouble for your team
you use your foot to trap the ball
you keep your hands well away so you can be certain
you will not knock-on, even if it bounces up
you turn slightly sideways and simply pick up the ball
any fumbles, the ball goes backwards, everything is sweet
You are now carrying the ball, heading into the next situation.
The same ball is rolling towards you.
You are 20 metres from their goal-line.
Loads of opposition - and your nearest support is far away.
Lots of pressure, they are so close - you have little time!
if you don`t go for it they are going to get it anyway.
you may knock-on, but so what -
they will get advantage and play on
Catching a rolling ball
you swoop in for a one handed pick up
maintaining pace as much as possible
hand skimming the turf, palm up
your fingers touch the ball, your arm "gives"
just enough so that the ball sticks in your hand
just the fullback to beat.
TRYEEEE!!! - in under the posts.
What a lucky pick up! - they all say
Only you know how much you practiced.
You make your own luck.
When you practice and practice
you make difficult things
look easy and become easier for you to do,
including catching a rolling ball.
Of course, there are a million sets of circumstances
which cover the ground between the two examples.
Do your utmost to prepare yourself.
Then you will have the experience to deal with most situations
and you will act instinctively when other players
have to think about what to do and how to do it.