The dive pass is from the good old days of rugby. Still valuable. Good when
the ball is on the ground and a long clearing pass is required.
Build good rugby skills from the ground up.
A good pass is easier when you have good rugby handling
the basics of rugby passing.
An old style still valuable
A ground pass is usually used by the scrum-half when the ball is controlled
and still within the feet at the base of the scrum or at the back of a ruck.
Before the ground pass became popular (existed?) the scrum-half passed with a dive
to get the ball to the fly-half.
Dive pass, start
It is still valuable in general play when you find the ball at your feet
during the game and a long pass is needed
to get the ball to distant support players.
Note - you have to move the ball immediately
or you may be tackled as soon as you touch the ball.
This is different from the ground pass from the back of a scrum or ruck
where you are protected until you move the ball out from behind
the feet of the scrummaging or rucking players.
How to make a dive pass
As shown above you use both hands.
Lifting the ball from the ground
you start turning towards your target.
At the same time
start a diving motion in the same direction.
Dive pass, finish
As your dive progresses
you whip your arms from under your body
and fling the ball
towards your target.
The photo caption says "finish position"
but of course, there`s more.
You have to land!
To cushion the blow extend your arms towards the ground
and break the fall as best you can.
I know why the ground pass became more popular!
But why do so many players throw in a dive when scoring a try?
Yes it looks good but you do risk injury
and you do risk messing up a scoring opportunity.
Just put the ball down, remember it`s for the team!
You may apply spin if you feel you are not doing enough already!
Dive pass memories
This brings back memories of playing for Old Leos 2nd XV against Gateshead.
The ground was frozen.
But had obviously not been frozen the last time the pitch was played on
because all the deep muddy boot prints with sharp and jagged edges
were frozen into the ground.
It was like a cheese grater.
Playing scrum-half and using the dive pass to get the ball away,
I was the cheese!
Ohhh the pain and suffering.
Dive pass summary
medium passes or long passes
more suitable for agile players
dive and whipping of arms
focus on guiding the ball to a position where they can reach out for it
fully extend arms and fingers for accuracy
get the landing right or suffer
Remember all the other passing possibilities. Make sure you are able
to do them all instinctively.