A session ideal for pre-season or in-season if you need to reconnect your players with their handling skills and pace onto the ball. Accurate passing is essential to maintain a flowing attacking move capable of exploiting mismatches and space. Look at the detail as well as the outcomes. MORE
Two clever ways to read the current rugby roadmap
With the exciting possibility of a return to rugby less than five weeks away and sometimes earlier in other countries, here are two ideas and a bunch of activities to get you and your coaches ready.
ONE: LET’S PLAY (WITH A PLAN)
Everyone will want to be playing. Depending on the protocols, there will be some restrictions on contact and perhaps even the numbers allowed to play together.
However, have a plan. Fitness levels will be very low, so keep the game areas small and provide plenty of breaks.
Here are some good small-sided games to start.
Of course, the emphasis is on fun and connections. I would also sprinkle in some tactical intentions. These are ideas that have been flourishing in your mind during lockdown.
What’s a tactical intention? It’s not a structured tactical plan. Instead, it is a toolbox of skills that will allow your team to play to their strengths.
So, if it is a quick ball game you want to play, you will have some form of hurry-up in your game. Therefore, “let’s play, and, by the way, here’s a little bit of a plan”.
TWO: EASY-HARD RUGBY STEPS
Don’t think you can make up for lost time with an accelerated curriculum of skills and tactical appreciation. Instead, rebuild your players’ confidence with some skilful building blocks.
While most of the players will appreciate that they will have lost out on some technical development and their own skill levels will have reduced, they are less likely to appreciate some “back-to-basics” work.
In which case, use activities that require basics, but in a slightly pressurised context. Slow down or speed up the exercises during the session, mixing them in with games.
Here are two activities that work on passing “basics” which can be varied for speed.
As is often said: Focus on just one or two factors. Don’t sweat every detail…for now.