The switch pass is notoriously difficult to coach. Try out this activity to let your players develop the right sort of skill. There are lots of moving parts in a switch pass which mean, even at the top level, they can be difficult to execute. This activity gives the players more awareness of their running lines and potential passes. MORE
Switch quickly from defence to attack when you turn over the ball. Exploit opposition disorganisation with realignment, quick passing and getting the ball into space.
By Dan Cottrell
WHY USE IT
Two quick passes to get away from the turnover ruck followed by a pass to a third player who has depth will fix a disorganised defence and create gaps out wide.
One half of the pitch, a tackle tube or ruck pad, one ball, 12 players with two of five attackers wearing bibs.
HOW TO DO IT
> Play 5v7. The attacker at the ruck pad passes the ball out and defenders work on line speed (see picture 1). After a couple of goes, the attacker puts the ball on the other side of the pad to signal a turnover. At this point shout whether bibbed or non-bibbed attackers go down on one knee for a count of three before coming forward, leaving potential gaps to simulate defensive chaos (see picture 2).
> In the meantime, the clearer passes the ball to the first two players at the side of the ruck pad. They do not realign but simply make two quick passes to a third player who is deeper. He fixes the defence and passes to team mates who have realigned to create an overlap (see picture 3).
> Swap players round and play at full pace.
> The first two turnover players do not realign.
> The third player does not run forward too quickly or too far before passing.
> Fix the defender by having a square-on body shape that interests him.