Use this session to get your players tackling in a competitive environment. Quick to set up, it’s part of our back pocket favourites, activities you can use to re-energise your session.
This game really gets the team spirit and competition juices flowing and can bring out a number of coachable points, or just be played for fun to re-energise the session. It can really help develop decision making, the need to compete for the ball, defend under pressure and develop evasive play.
Position players on opposite sides of the channel, in numbered pairs, facing each other on their fronts (or facing away from the channel if it’s wet).
Punt, throw or roll a ball into the channel and at the same time call a number of one of the pairs.
They get to their feet quickly and race to compete for the ball.
The player that wins the ball must then turn and look to score a try back on the try line.
They might have to wrestle or rip the ball before carrying on.
One point for a try and one point if the defensive player stops the attack by tackling the attacker, or drives him into touch.
Get to the feet fast – driving the hips from the ground to bring both feet up and under the body – like standing from a “burpee”.
Positioning so as to push the attacker across to one touchline.
Ball-retention post-contact is essential to your team’s continuity, so here we take a look at the pros and cons of some of the most common techniques. Encourage your players to think about which ball placement technique should be used when. When coaching within game-play, question players on the effectiveness of their chosen ball presentation and its impact on subsequent phases of play. MORE
Bill Walsh won three Superbowls with the San Francisco 49ers. When he took over as head coach in 1979 they were arguably the worst team in American football history. Within two years they were the best. This sympathetic and honest book, published after Walsh’s death in 2007, but largely in his own words, explains in detail the methods he used to achieve extraordinary success. MORE
Work on awareness, ball handling and communicate. You need a bunch of different shaped balls and a jumper. Game devised by Harry, Charley, Charlie, Elsa and Tony (dad). INTRODUCTION TO GAME THE SKILLS AND THE GAME GAME Put a bunch of balls into a small area. Blindfold kid. A jumper/rugby shirt is ideal. Stand... MORE
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A game for a coach/parent and a kid, aged 5 and upwards. Ideal for the back garden, could even be run in the front room. You just need some old shoes if you don’t have any balls in the house (or the neighbour hasn’t thrown them back yet). GAME Put five “shoes” on the... MORE
Improve your players’ spatial awareness, evasion and handling skills. Start with a fun game, break out into skills activities and then finish with another game. Good habits survive under pressure. Keep your players motivated to constantly work at the basics with these competitive activities and games. GAME ONE Split your squad into three groups, and... MORE