That’s always the best tactic. Yet, the defending team will be hellbent on tackling your attackers. Therefore, you need to be prepared to take contact, and make sure you win those collisions.
Here are a range of activities to develop the skills and decision making to ensure you retain possession, whether your players are brought to the ground or not.
Warm up with Build up to contact. Getting physically doesn’t just mean “big hits”. It is also about manipulating the body to take contact correctly, safely and gain an advantage.
Then develop the physical skills around Ball carrying through contact. This core skills session works on footwork and attacking gaps, rather driving into tacklers.
Should the ball carrier have to go to ground because they are tackled, then the next supporting player needs to know how to deal with the threats. Use Close support for the contact area to improve these techniques.
Finally, put these contact skills into game-like scenarios. Channel contact gives players ever-changing situations to challenge their skills under pressure.
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