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Catch and Pass - Basics with Ben Herring

Run, Catch and Pass skills are fundamental to the game of rugby. This series is where to start the coaching of these cores skills.

Part 1. Good Catch and Pass Bad Catch and Pass   0:30 Free video

To start the series, analyst Hamish Webb highlights some good and bad passes during a high school match. Hamish explains the positives and negatives from the passes and recommends how to improve the players skills.


Part 2. The Catch - Reaching out 2:48 Member content

To successfully complete a Catch and Pass you have to catch the ball. Ben breaks down the parts on how to reach out to catch the ball. Play video

Part 3. The Catch - Foot Control 3:41 Member content

While hands are the most important part of the catch and pass, the feet play a big part in the successful execution of the pass. Ben looks at positioning the feet when catching and passing. Play video

Part 4. Catch & Pass - Peripheral Vision 6:05 Member content

In this 3rd video of the Catch and Pass Basics Series, Ben looks at the importance of peripheral vision. Play video

Part 5. The Pass - Switch on the Core 2:32 Member content

In the 4th part of the Catch and Pass Basics series, Ben looks at the role your Core muscles play to successfully activate the pass. Play video

Part 6. The Pass - Ripping the Grip 2:08 Member content

In the 5th part of the Catch and Pass Basics series, Ben explains what ripping the grip means, why is it important and how to execute it. Play video

Part 7. The Pass - Hands to Target 4:22 Member content

In the 5th part of the Catch and Pass Basics series, Ben explains what pointing your hands to the target pass means. When to do it and why it is important and how to practice it. Play video

Part 8. Holding the Ball and Power from the legs 7:54 Member content

In this video, Blacks Ferns Assistant coach Wesley Clarke explains the basics of how to hold the rugby ball so you can pass it to the target. Play video

Part 9. Catch and Pass Drills 6:20 Member content

Now the technique of the pass and catch is complete. We will add a couple of simple drills for you to put them into practice with your players. Play video

Part 10. Catch and Pass Drills 2 8:32 Member content

Ben adds another classic Run Catch and Pass drill for you to use with your players. Play video

Part 11. Catch & Pass Games 5:40 Member content

In this latest video Ben introduces some fun games your players can do at training. Play video

Part 12. Catch and Pass for Cross Over Athletes 1:04 Member content

Building on Wesley Clarke's Catch and Pass series with the Manawatu Turbo women, Ex Blues assistant and now Lifewest coach Adriaan Ferris addresses the fundamentals of the catch pass for players new to the game like 'cross over' players. Working with his local Blue Angels women players, Adriaan works through the fundamentals of the Catch and Pass. Play video

Part 13. Catch and Pass Practice Plan 8:32 Member content

Rugby Site Manager and now Otago coach Ben Herring has put together a Practice Plan focusing on Catch and Pass activities. Looks like lots of fun involved! Play video

Course Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13
Duration 50:32
Topics Catch and Pass Youth Coaching
Applicable to Coaches   Players   Others   Supporters and fans  
Languages English

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Ok, I have a question, I recently was at a high end academy and they are suggesting that you don’t turn reach out so far that you turn the upper body when catching the ball so you maintain a square position while running towards the defense. So you still reach for the ball but do not straighten the arms and take it comfortably just outside/in front of the shoulder. Would welcome any thoughts.


tried it at training yesterday, instant result with one of the guys who still felt a bit insecure about his catch. love it!


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