EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Turtle tag

Use this quick attack-defence-evasion game to improve your players’ awareness and speed. It can easily be developed to include other elements like self-organisation and decision making.

  1. Put four attackers in the middle of the box and four defenders on each corner.

  1. Shout out a colour, and the attackers need to run to that line without being tagged.
  2. The defenders race off their cones to tag a player.
  3. Repeat three times before changing teams over.

NOTES

  • Don’t swap a player to a defender if they are tagged. Give them all the four chances. Also, note which way they are facing to give them more chance next time.

DEVELOPMENTS

  • Give every attacker a ball.
  • If an attacker is tagged, they don’t carry a ball next time.
  • Play with one ball. The ball can be passed in any direction. When you shout the colour, the ball must be passed by a static player.
  • Change the square into a rectangle.
  • Have one of the defenders call out the colour to attack.
  • Have the attackers stand facing inwards.
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