Monday, 11 December 2006
Here we see Ross Porter showing the importance of ball skills as Charlotte Phillips jumps in the lineout to catch the ball.
When the number of times the ball is handled during a match is considered it would seem to be impossible to over-emphasize the importance of ball handling skills. Strangely, however, these skills are virtually ignored by most of Wivey 3rd team. This doesn't mean that they don't regularly use handling drills in their training sessions, of course. The problem is that the drills they use don't work. Handling doesn't just simply improve.
Good rugby players develop a mystical relationship with their balls. They all know what it will do. This is neither second-sight nor luck -- it is total familiarity! This approach also requires that you have sufficient balls to make sure everyone can participate