I coach boys ages 14-18, they have the skills and ability...but so often they play like scared kittens. How can I build fire and desire in my players? MORE
Communication into contact
U11–U12 | CONTACT 4
Get the support players telling the ball carrier what his options are going into the contact
- Mark out a 6m x 3m area. Put a defender in the middle of the area and a ball carrier and a support player at one end of the area.
- When you say “go”, the ball carrier runs at the defender with the support player just behind.
- As they are running, the support player has to call to the ball carrier telling him what to do when he makes contact with the tackler. The calls are: “Stay strong” – means the support player will drive the ball carrier forward (and possibly rip the ball). “Offload” – means pass the ball to the support player. “Go to ground” – means go to ground and the support player will protect the ball carrier or pick up the ball.
- Once the players have got used to making the calls, add another defender and attacker to increase the urgency of the decision making.
You will need
- A 6m x 3m area
- 1 ball
Got more players?
Line up attackers ready to take their turn – remember to rotate defenders, too.
What to tell your players
“Be clear and concise with your call”
“Don’t get too close to the ball carrier until he makes contact – then weigh up your options”