There are many rugby skills from basketball as you may imagine. Even small
amounts of play may help you improve rugby skills.
Basketball hasn't always been about strolling around in shorts down to your
ankles waiting for a time-out.
When I played - rightly or wrongly, it was at break-neck speed.
Of course I`m joking, I`m being unfair.
Some shorts I saw recently were only down to their knees! Juuust kidding!
I`ve seen tons of fast paced basketball.
It's like rugby - great to play and watch and at higher levels goes in
cycles. One style of play becomes prominent (and boring?) for a while before
being replaced by exciting play again.
Basketball - the benefits
I`m not suggesting you take up basketball just to improve your
rugby skills - although that`s a very good idea!
There are opportunities everywhere - from simple flat hard surfaces to
basketball hoops, half courts and full courts.
I suggest you will improve your rugby skills from basketball play.
The most important thing you may find is that you can`t just use brute force
and barge through defences. You have to scheme and use subterfuge. You have to
think a good deal, move the ball around to find weak spots.
Basketball - the skills and qualities
Basketball involves loads of stuff useful in rugby...
fast breaks - good for improving sprinting ability
dribbling means you may get caught - so slowing rapidly to maintain
control of the ball is often necessary. Good for change of pace.
basketballs are heavier - it`s weight training for the fingers! You`ll
notice better control when you go back to the rugby ball.
learning dribbling requires good hand-eye cordination
when you improve your dribbling you will do more by touch alone
shooting and passing improves co-ordination
the number of players in a small area makes play very crowded compared
with rugby - imagine the perceptions of time and space in rugby after
handling the ball much more frequently - more sustained practice
while having fun
different passing - often useful in rugby
moving opposition players around by moving the ball
passing and shooting require similar skills and concentration
to passing and throwing in to the lineout in rugby
speed and fitness - built in enjoyable ways rather than in drills
team play interaction helps build cooperation
fast paced play helps build good vision
fast paced play builds quick thinking, fast reactions
Other rugby skills from basketball ?
I remember I wanted to be good at basketball and
I was relatively small so decided I had to be able to jump well.
I spent hours and hours, day after day, week after week at the side of the
house with a piece of chalk in my hand.
I stood and jumped or ran and jumped and made a mark - always trying to get higher!
It paid off in a strange way.
I had so much spring in my legs I ended up being able to hop almost as fast
as I could run - great for sidesteps!