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Tiger trap

Develop your attackers go-forward and evasion skills in this tough footwork exercise. Quick to set up, you can have lots of groups going at the same time.

ACTIVITY

  1. Put the tiger in the middle of the box
  2. Put one defender in the middle of one end and two on the cones at the far end

  1. When you say go, the tiger can escape at the far end or at the sides
  2. The defenders can come into the box, aiming to tag the tiger before they leave the box
  3. Devise a scoring system that encourages ”go forward”

DEVELOPMENT

  • The defenders start in the same place as the original set up
  • ŽBefore or when they reach the cone, the ball carrier passes backwards to the other player. Once passed, the new ball carrier becomes the tiger and the defenders can enter the box

 

CHALLENGE

Escape the trap, but you can’t run out the back of the trap!

SET UP

Cones, balls. Suggested trap size 5m.

HOW TO DO IT

ACTIVITY

  • Put three defenders around the trap. Two go at the corners and one in the middle of the far end.
  • Put a tiger with a ball in the middle of the trap.
  • When you say go, the tiger has to run out of the trap without being tagged.
  • The defenders can go into the trap as soon as you say go.
  • If the tiger makes it out of the trap, then they can have another go. And the defenders rotate.
  • Otherwise, rotate tigers and defenders.
  • You can devise different scoring schemes, such as if a tiger has three successes, they get a bonus and then become a defender.

DEVELOPMENT

  • Two tigers walk into the trap.
  • The defenders are released once the ball is passed. Then the receiving tiger becomes live.
  • The tigers cannot walk further than the middle cone and the pass has to be backwards.
  • The tigers have to be either side of the cone, but the receiving tiger can be as close to the edge of the box as they want. See how that plays out as a challenge.

TECHNIQUE

  • If you stop moving towards your chosen try line you are likely to be caught from behind.
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