Action stations! With the RFU approving Stage C for amateur rugby teams, English teams have more options to work with. We expect the other UK countries to have similar arrangements in place very soon. While there is no contact yet, teams can play up to 10-a-side touch rugby in training and use upskilling activities with significantly larger groups. MORE
Social distancing Passing Maze
Use this pass and block game to develop passing, evasion, communication and decision-making. Teams of three try to maximise their points by using a variety of passes and quick movement, while defenders aim to anticipate and frustrate the play.
- Split into teams of three.
- The attackers start with one player with the ball in a square.
- They pass between the triangles and square, only being able to receive the ball if they are in the square. They aim to get the ball from one square to the other.
- One point for a pass to a triangle or square. Two points for a kick. Five points for a “spicy” or unusual pass.
- If the ball is blocked or dropped, then it is a turnover.
- The score only counts if the ball is passed into the other square (via the triangles). It is then banked.
- First team to 20 wins.
- Note that the attacker should be in the centre of the shape to help maintain social distancing. You can put additional cones around the edges of the triangles and squares to help.
- Develop by adding points for different passes, combinations or changing the bonus triangles.
The players liked the range of movement and the deception they could use. It’s also an invasion game so the players liked having to plot a route to get the ball from one end, through the maze, to the other end.