There are lots of bright, attractive colours -
rugby jerseys, shorts, socks, blood, skin, hair, grass, sky,
eyes, mouthguards, headgear, strapping, seats, lines, advertising.
Lots of interesting sights -
bandages, blood, cuts, bruises, sidesteps, pure speed,
unusual sizes, strange boots.
Lots of fascinating sounds -
whoops of excitement, yelps of fear and pain, commands, advice
gamesmanship, bodies thumping, rugby boots thudding on turf,
yelling, cheering, booing, catcalls, shouts of encouragement
Lots of smells -
liniment, body odour, deodorants, sweat, grass, mud
and wafting from the canteen - sausages, pies, bacon, steak sandwiches.
of triumph, of fear, of dislike, of confidence, invincibility, pain
vulnerability, isolation, strenght, companionship, boredom.
And day-dreams or thoughts -
about what, where, when, why and how you are going to do things
and worries and hopes carried from the rest of your life.
There is a great deal
competing for your attention!!!!
You can make
a rugby pitch during a game
a more confortable, calmer, friendlier place.
Concentrate in your spare time on developing basic skills.
Do it enough, they become instinctive. Then you can perform
your skills without thinking
Train yourself so you know what is important in a game and
learn to concentrate on those things
Train yourself so you know what is not important in a game and
learn to identify them and ignore them
This helps you when
you are back on the field.
This leaves you with more brain capacity
to deal with other things during the game (Just my theory!)
It also helps you focus.
With good ability to concentrate
you improve your ability
to filter out distractions.
You have good eye/body co-ordination
To actually catch the rugby ball
you must ensure you have good eye/body co-ordination.
Just the usual. Practice!
You concentrate on the ball,
think about catcing it
and your subconcious mind does the rest.
It will move your body to the correct position.
It will make sure all your body parts
work in a co-ordinated way
to achieve the result you want.
How will it know?
Because you have done it correctly
enough times before this one!
Because you have trained it.
You have done the same things over and over,
focused on the ball
and thought about catching it.
If the result was a perfect catch
you attempted to repeat it
otherwise you made an effort to improve.
These basics are less about
specific physical movements
more about what goes on
in your mind.
act like a bean-bag - not exactly, of course!
Get your body to the right location (position the bean-bag)
When the ball arrives
"give" - just the right amount
with your fingers, arms, torso, legs
to prevent rebounding
and ensures the ball is held safely.
You are in the right place at the right time
To make any kind of catch
you have to be there
in the right place on the field
and at the right time in relation to movement of the ball.
To do this, be interested in the game.
Watch all the players.
Get a feel for their abilities.
How far can your team mates pass and kick?
How well do they pass and kick?
How good is their catching?
How far can the opposition kick?
How well do they pass. Are they open to the intercepted pass?
How much "attention" are the ball-carriers getting?
Will it affect how well they deal with the ball
Know your own abilities and work to improve them.
Is there enough time to get there
and accept a pass or kick
or would you be best
supporting another better placed player.
Watch play developing
well ahead of the ball.
Watch where players are running, what they are doing.
For each of them, what options are open to them.
To be good and improve as a player
you must ask yourself "Why are they doing that"?
Good players become expert at reading play.
You will too, when the answers you give
turn out to be the same as the unfolding game.
Amazing - catching basics
includes watching how other players
pass and kick the ball!!