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.
Use this T drill passing exercise to work on players passing, with added movement elements to create more variability and fatigue. A good activity for warm-ups and also part of a conditioning block during pre-season. MORE
Develop good spacing in the attacking line to spread the defence and then find gaps. This activity starts the process by pulling attackers out of position and forces them to adjust. The development is ideal for the next stage of Return to Play. MORE
Develop your players’ go-forward skills with evasion in this competitive scenario. It’s easy to set up and you can add lots of variations. Even though some of the players will “cheat” by not exactly stepping to the side of the cones, their swerves and go-forward will help them replicate these skills in a match situation. MORE
Use this fun warm-up game to test the players’ passing, evasion and decision-making skills. The defenders use rolled-up socks as cannonballs, though they could equally use rolled up bibs. Thanks to Ray Smith who coaches with the Old Reigatians Girls for the inspiration for this activity. Set up the pitch, with a safe zone to... MORE