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Quins - Developing An Accurate Pass

Coaching players to pass with variety and accuracy is one of the most important challenges a coach faces. The Harlequins academy players are presented with some very challenging exercises to help this process

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Hey, we couldn't lead a zigzag where we're trying to put the ball give a bit more a spatial awareness for the boys put the ball in front try and get the composure on the ball. It the angles are always changing the players always in a different position. He's always getting late or early and it's just about having that composure and soft hands on the ball. We're using it as part of the warm-up really just to get the legs going give them time to have a bit of a stretch off as well. We're looking to put the ball in the space. So not only is it an accurate pass but we're also putting the ball so that were coaxing this player onto it. So we're going to put it in front of him. So when I set off you more or less set off and then when he sets off you set off set off and it's just continuous so it'll go this way come. Yeah, so I put it in front and again pull it back. Pull it back. No no, no, no run straight run straight. No, no, no run straight on that code now to Tom. Yeah. Now go go so no forward passes. Okay, and we're pulling it back. You always run, right? So once you've passed the ball, you always join the cone to your right. Okay same here. So you'll always join here and then back there back there. No food passes run straight runs straight. Don't run diagonal. Good go go go go go. Good, Denzil run straight Denzel. Don't run across. At run straight biggie. Yeah, do we have to rush this? No, there's never any Panic on the ball. Yeah, because if I get it here and the blokes in front of me, then I can take another couple of moons. And I know I could pull it back five meters same as I would in a game. I'd still hit the target doesn't matter where he is and that's what we're trying to get. This is varying all the time. So we've got to identify where he is put it in front of him. Okay, and it's that spatial awareness that we're trying to get here. Everyone's got to run straight and not diagonal. So as we're closing up the past as well. Okay, but it's about having composure on the ball. Just think about that nice soft hands were still positive with the pass. We're not looping it. Yeah, we're still positive with the past and we're pushing it through. Let's get some composure on the ball last couple of minutes for in the middle for in the middle. Someone go. Okay ready? Let's go. Come on. That's it running straight, please Nathan good Denzel running straight. Put the comb back though. Come on composure. No rush talk to him. Did he come on? Tell him you want it? Tell him you want it? Come on SO accuracy. Yeah, we're coming through. We're going to feed it. In flat on the line. You've got until the polls to hit dips good through the poles. Please dig eat Good night, then goodnight. Good excellent. Good. Good luck, dude. Come on through the cones. Good. Nathan. Good. Good. Good come good Diggy. Excellent. Comment. Nice Sam. No bad. Come on good. Let's pull it back. It's better. Okay mechanics of the past then. Straight hips straight. Yeah so that we're still pinning and then what? Fattest part of the ball. Well, if we're spinning one at the back one at the front, yeah, generally and then what yeah, everything everything towards the target. Let's get out of this swinging through the pendulum, either this way or this way where we're getting when to let go of it. Everything's towards the Target and then it doesn't matter when we let go of it still heading that direction. Okay, some people are getting The Swinging. What do you think the couple years went over? Little bit of that and also so when you pass it just try not to open yourself out too much they like that standing up really tall. So as you stand up really tall, so you keeping you got the ball there as you stand I also bring your hand so just keep yourself nice and set little bit of flexion in your knees and stuff and just push it all the way down making sure the target where it is follow that all you if you're struggling with that not rotating rotating then just just get this elbow artificially High because it'll make you then push through okay, if we took it in here we have to swing if we get it high then we've got a good push. Okay. So if you do swing a little bit just get this elbow artificially high before you pass. Okay, let's go back into it. That's couple of minutes. Okay, we're ready. Let's go good. Good lovely, Diggy. Come on, Sam. Let's nail it calling the knife good. It's all right. Come on. Better better Denzil. I know I've said it before well, why are we doing this? How much are we doing here? So when can you do most of it? Yeah. All right. So, you know if you need to work on that really, yeah. Okay, and these are these are the things it's just about highlighting what you need to do in your own time on anything when we do five minutes of it here in the warm up. I think being able to watch other coaches coach and pick the things that you like and the things that you don't like and use the bits that you like and park the bits that you don't you know, I think that's the best way to learn to be honest. You know, we going to watch any coach with the be the the England coach or or Club coaches, you know as a junior Club yellows pick up new things and you'll think oh, well, I like that, you know, I like the way that that's happening. I'll use that in a different game or a different way or tweak it this way and and that's how we develop things. And move things forward and how you develop yourself individually as well.