Use these activities on rotation, spending around 5 minutes on each station, then swapping twice (20 minutes in all). The first works on support roles at the ruck, the second on handling and getting into position to run onto the ball. 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”