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Kicking skills



Improve your drop kick

The drop kick is used for either restarting the game from a drop out under the posts or to kick for a field goal.

It is a skill that will go completely wrong when you first start practising.

The ball will go in all sorts of directions, but with practice, the distance and direction will come.

Usually teams will have one chosen drop kicker, but it is a very useful skill for all the backs to learn.

In tight situations, the drop kick is a very handy skill. Although it is only worth one point, it can often win matches right at the death.

STEP ONE

Keep your eyes on the ball and your head still

Hold the ball in two hands pointing downwards.

It is important you keep your eyes on the ball and your head still.

Make sure you know what and where you are aiming your kick towards.

STEP TWO

Raise the ball to waist level

As you step forward with your non-kicking foot, raise the ball to waist level.

Remember, keep your eyes on the ball.

STEP THREE

Bring your knee up ready to strike the ball on the bounce

As you drop the ball onto the ground, simultaneously bring your knee up ready to strike the ball on the bounce.

Just as the ball touches the ground, bring your kicking foot through and strike the ball with the lower part of your instep.

STEP FOUR

Raise your opposite arm to your kicking foot for extra balance

Follow through and step up onto the toes of your non-kicking foot.

Raise your opposite arm to your kicking foot for extra balance.



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