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LTAD - a critique
Demands of the game
Profile of players
Functional screening
Resistance training
Speed and agility training
Integrated game conditioning

Coaching the snatch

Step 8 - Lifting the bar from the floor

We now move to a ‘bottom – up’ movement of the snatch. The player stands with feet under the bar maintaining a strong back posture. Feet ideally are parallel with the weight of the player on the forefoot (instead of the heels). The player also has shoulders slightly forward of the bar. The player is now ready to start the snatch from the floor (see Figure 9 below). This is considered the first pull phase of the lift. The coach provides the following instructions: "Extend the knees and move the bar to the knees.’’

Figure 9. The bar is lifted from the floor to a position just below or above the knees.

The player then moves the bar to a mid-thigh position and then explosively extends the body and jumps and catches the bar in a ¼ or a full squat position – whichever is the preference of the player. Note that some Rugby players may not be ready to assume a full-depth squat in the catch position. The S&C coach may decide that the player is not required to complete a full squat snatch.

*The movement of the bar from the floor to a mid-thigh position is sometimes referred to as the first pull. The second pull occurs from a mid-thigh position to the catch position. However, depending on the school of teaching the snatch and clean lifts, there will be variances in the exact anatomical positions for the first pull and second pull among the different teaching schools.