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Attacking ball placement

U10 | CONTACT 3

  1. There are three ways that a tackled player can place the ball back: Sideways, jack knife and long, with long the best.
  2. Get players to practise lying in each of the positions so that they understand the shapes they need to make with their bodies.

Attacking ball placement 1

  1. Once they understand how to get into the different positions, get players to lie between three different-coloured cones. You call out a colour, here “green” and the ball carrier uses his core (middle of the body) to shift the ball to that cone.
  2. Spread the cones out at different distances, so some placements are stretches.
  3. Once players are used to placing the ball, get a ball carrier to run into a ruck pad holder, drive him back 0.5m, go to ground and place the ball as far as possible from the ruck pad holder.

Attacking ball placement 2

You will need

  • 1 ball per player
  • Coloured cones
  • 1 ruck pad for the development activity

Got more players?

Run this with as many players as you like, as long as you have enough balls and cones.

What to tell your players

“Look to place the ball long, as far from the defenders as possible”
“Use of the core (middle of the body) is vital”

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