EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Small-sided games, and how to get the most from them

Players love games…and so do we!

But are you getting the most out of them? We’ve got a series of ways to you can exploit the natural desire to play games in training to help develop your players’ skills, teamwork and general play.

First, let’s get an idea of what playing games means. Adaptive games: The secret of successful coaches gives you a guide and then introduces six different activities to try out with your players.

If you find you have lots of players, how about splitting them into two games at the same time. With See-saw rugby, you can then watch both and allow the players to adapt to the variations in team sizes.

One such game could be Super loopers, which comes from our 48 Skills Games book. While we often focus on handling in touch rugby, this game places more emphasis on the players’ work rate after the pass.

Finally, for some real brain-aching but fun challenges, test the players out with Triangle Touch. It works well with all ages, as the video shows. There are lots of possible outcomes, so well worth a go in your next training session.

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