Avoid slow ball at the tackle or even losing the ball by making every ball carrier far more active on the ground. Use these two exercises to build up players’ ball placement skills under pressure. After the tackle is made, the farther away your player can place the ball from the defence, the harder it is for the opposition to disrupt it. Encourage good placement habits with these exercises. 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”