Advice For Beginners Of The Rugby League

Editorials News | Apr-28-2019

Advice For Beginners Of The Rugby League

You can always try other shorter contactless forms of the game if you initially do not like the physical challenge.

Always use protection

When playing the full contact version, you will want to give your body any protection that is allowed. There is a wide variety of protective equipment available, from lightweight jerseys with removable pads, to forearm protectors, biceps protectors, calf and Achilles protectors, caps and mouth guards. Although you may want to start with the equipment, headgear and mouthguards are the two most important pieces you will need.

Practice your kick

Kicking is a vital skill and the different types of kicks must be practiced over and over again. One of the best ways to do this without getting tired is to practice your kicks inside an enclosure (a cricket net or a baseball cage is good for this) to avoid having to go get the ball after each kick.

Practice your capture

If you can find someone to train with, you can practice your capture while practicing your kick. Two players in an open space can kick the ball with each other, which provides the opportunity to practice a great practice of capture. Also take the opportunity to practice a series of short and long passes. Spinning the ball while throwing is not essential, but it is certainly recommended as it is easier to catch and allows players to throw it further.

Prepare with training exercises.

Players can improve their physical condition for rugby with some training exercises. Shuttle runs and circuit training help increase power, long distance runs improve endurance and overall fitness, and weight training will help increase strength and help increase your volume.

Commit to the tackle

If you are going to face someone, commit to the tackle. If you're afraid to get into a tackle, you're more likely to get hurt if you go in half without the right technique. For a really big hit, aim at the waist or thighs. Practice blows in large bags during training. Also, never close your eyes unless you are in direct contact, as an evasive maneuver could cause you problems.

Play other forms of the game.

There are several contactless forms of the game with a variety of different names, including Tag Rugby, Touch Football, OzTag, Flag Rugby and Eagletag. These are a great introduction to the sport for those who may initially be rejected by the physical contact of the full version of the game.

By: Preeti Narula