Thursday, February 9, 2012

For many this will be your last practice before your first game of the spring season. Use it to refine the skills you will need to use in the game. Spend some time at the end of practice visualizing what the moves you practiced will look like in a game. For a back, think about your role in the starter moves of scrums and lineouts. What are your running lines, what are your variations based on the defensive alignment, how is it going to feel to crash through the defensive line? For forwards, think about your movements to win the ball at set piece. What are the calls for lineouts and scrums, how do you get your body into the best position to beat your opponent?

Warm-Up:
Mobility: 10 forward hip circles, 10 backward hip circles each leg, 10 forward arm circles each leg, 10 backward arm circles, 10 squats, 10 lunges each leg, 10 pushups, 30 second plank, 10 pushups, 10 forward leg swings each leg, 10 sideways leg swings each leg, 10 iron cross reaches each leg, 10 scorpion reaches each leg
. Heart Rate Spike: 2 x (10m high knees, 10m butt kickers, 10m carioca, 10m falling start acceleration)

Speed:
1. 8 x 40m sprints with 2 minutes rest between reps. 2 sprints from a 3-point start, 2 from a standing start, 2 from a falling start, and 2 from a lying start. Focus on staying relaxed, keeping your elbows at 90 degrees and driving your arms from your shoulders. If your elbows are at 90 degrees then you will be able to drive your hand from your cheek (face) to your cheek (butt).

Ball Skills:
1. Finger taps at arms length. 60 seconds. Move the ball around and focus on keeping the ball on the pads of the fingers.
2. Shazams. 1 handed passing facing your partner/wall. Start with your hand underneath the ball with the ball touching your belly button. Drive with your forearms before finishing the pass by flicking your wrists. The object is to develop wrist strength. Complete 20-30 each hand.
Sideways Shazams. Turn side-on to your partner or the wall and complete as above. Complete 20-30 each hand.

Stretches:
Calves, hamstrings, quads and lower back.

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One thought on “Thursday, February 9, 2012

  1. Really enjoyed this post and the past two. I really like how you acknowledge not only the physical but also the mental preparations that need to be taken to play to your best. I think that is something we forget a lot of the time. We can workout and hit the gym as much as we want, but we also have to make sure we keep our minds sharp and have our heads on right to perform at a high level.

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