When you play good rugby you control the ball with good rugby handling.
See how you pick up the ball well, hold it well and carry it securely
so you play rugby confidently.
How to hold the ball
Rugby handling - the cage grip looks like this."
How do you handle well?
Holding the rugby ball well is all about touch.
Many say "You must spread out your fingers".
True... and much more is required.
Build strong fingers
that are responsive to the shape of the ball
and use your fingers
that mould to the shape of the ball.
Use the fingertips of your
strong responsive fingers
Create a cage-like structure
from which the rugby ball cannot escape.
Pick up the ball like this and hold it like this.
Put each thumb on a seam and have each set of fingers
along the other seams.
Avoid touching the ball with the palms of your hands.
What is good rugby handling..
You hold the ball well when you develop your handling skills.
You pass and catch well when you develop these skills
When you pick up the ball
and afterwards - when you move the ball around
in relation to your body.
Before you pass the ball - you control and prepare to pass.
After you catch the ball - you control the ball.
Maybe you move it around to avoid having the ball taken away from you.
When you run with the ball
you control the ball with your hands
that`s all rugby handling.
When you handle well, the ball behaves well
you welcome it
you look forward to seeing it
you feel you want to hold it
you play confidently
You will probabaly even look, sound and feel confident!
Strong responsive fingers
Maybe you have them already.
You may think of a clever way to get them.
If not, how do you get them? I`m pretty sure I know.
Mine arrived when I wasn`t looking!
That means I can`t say for certain
"this is how you do it".
My fingers developed with gymnastics and climbing but mostly
because I played basketball.
Basketballs are relatively heavy.
I just compared mine with my rugby ball
and found it was 40% heavier.
It may not seem that much
but take care
if one hits you awkwardly on the finger
you certainly know about it!
So, I suggest you spend a good amount
of time bouncing and dribbling a basketball.
Do it high. Do it low. Do it as fast as you can
weaving around controlling the ball. That sort of thing.
Have fun, get fit, improve acceleration, coordination. Do it without
looking directly at the ball - improve your peripheral vision, ability
to watch several things at once.
Doing all this will strengthen your fingers, improve their ability to respond to
touch and mould to the shape of the ball.
Each time the ball bounces back up to be pressed down by your fingers is like
another successful catch! You can do thousands and thousands in no time!
I`m sure you will feel it is time well spent.
Make sure you are good at it
with both hands - nobody told me!
Practice handling the ball
Practice as much as possible - be sure it`s enjoyable.
Always aim to improve on last time.
When you practice aim to
hold the ball perfectly
handle perfectly in practice
handle perfectly in the game.
The more often you handle perfectly in practice,
the more likely you will handle perfectly in the game.
The idea is you practice enough so
whatever you are doing
your skills become instinctive.
Once you know what to do
find ways to concentrate the practice.
Be inventive, or pretend you are inventive.
You may dream up ways to play about with the ball so
you develop great handling skills and
improve fitness and flexibility at the same time
To have enough concentrated practice probably means you
do a lot of practice by yourself.
If you are creative it`s possible.
Be confident you can do it and enjoy yourself.
handling is a basic rugby skill.
Be sure when you are on the rugby field
you are mastering it
along with your other basic skills.
When you have a great sidestep you want to hang onto the ball
Now go to a
rugby handling class.
Follow what I do in this video and add some of your own ideas.
Next thing you know, you have the best hands on the park!