Bernard Jackman, formerly head coach at the Dragons in the Pro14, takes an indoor contact session when he was coaching at Grenoble.
The players are working on contact skills and ball presentation. The randomness of the initial contact and the surprise element means the players have to make multiple decisions to win or retain the ball.
Does the ball have to be placed back with one or two hands?
How quickly does the ball carrier have to move?
How does the defender stay positive, that means, stay on their feet to challenge for the ball?
Ask these questions to the players – it’s their solutions, not your’s.
An ideal session for all ages who play contact.
An attacker follows the defender around, also with their chest on the player. They then compete for the ball once the defender makes their move.
Create 3v2 situations in a training context that disrupt the attack and defence enough to make them concentrate on good skills rather than “gaming” the scenario. Gaming the scenario means players manipulating the rules and setup to win the game in a contrived manner rather than using the natural order of rugby. For example, a... MORE
Use parent stations to allow you to run lots of activities with a parent overseeing each activity.
It requires one parent, minimal setup and minimal instructions. Each station runs for two to three minutes before the players move to another station. MORE
Should an attack be successful at a 2 v 1 every time? At the top level, most of the time you would have thought, yet you would be surprised how often they fail.
Add in another attacker and defender, or even two attackers and one defender, and that ratio of success drops very quickly.
But it is still a golden opportunity to make ground and even score. So, you need to increase the success rate, and you do this by creating as many scenarios as you can. MORE
Dropped balls or loose kicks mean that the ball is on the ground and needs recovering. Use this session to work on the skills and decision-making around this situation.
It’s not a natural action to fall on the ball. Help the players understand how to develop this technique as smoothly as they can. MORE