Develop how the support player tracks the ball carrier so he can be ready to take a pass or help the ball carrier should he be tackled. Reading the movements of the ball carrier means the support player can find themselves in the best positions to receive the next pass. MORE
Lockdown planning: Bust the line
If you are able to train, then you will be aiming to improve your players’ skills and tactical appreciation around specific areas of the game.
If you are in lockdown, it’s a chance to hone your session planning in readiness for your return.
In this planning for post-lockdown training, we are going to look at breaking the defensive line. Specifically, the best body shapes, lines of running, handling and support roles.
To enhance learning, you are better off focusing on an “arc” of learning for a specific area. This means spreading out the training over a number of weeks, rather than dedicating one session to this.
Here’s a four-week plan for busting the line and supporting, but you can split this up into more sections if you want.
Objective: Develop awareness of how to break the line and how to support the line break
Week one: Body shapes to get to the edge of defenders and beyond.
Week two: Stepping, fending and offloading through the tackle.
Week three: Supporting the line break.
Week four: Tactical plays to make a break.
Let’s say you dedicate 15 minutes each week to the activities and assuming you have warmed up before the start of contact, you could use a mix of games and drills.
Each session may include all of the skills or tactic from all of the weeks. However, each week focuses on the specific skill/tactic, the reasons why there are important and how the players could improve their own contributions.
The mix depends on the skills of your players. Here are four ideas to help.
- Lean forward into contact
- Take, step, fend, offload
- Supporting the break
- Second man plays to break their line
Here are the other plans in our lockdown series: