Improve your players’ footwork as they run forward, so they beat opposition players, or at least create a chance for a good offload in contact. This is a simple session to set up and can be adjusted easily to suit the stages of your players’ development. MORE
Chase, catch and turn
Use this conditioning game to help your players develop better footspeed, evasive skills and stop/ start skills. It comes from basketball, and is easy to set up and certainly fun for the players.
With thanks to Chris Oliver of BasketballImmersion.com, this is a conditioning exercises that the players will love. First, it’s competitive. Second, it has a risk/reward element which makes the players think tactically about their actions. Finally, it has some great rugby outcomes.
- Split into two teams of five as a minimum. Have them stand at each end of a 30m long, 20m wide box.
- A player from team A starts a few steps ahead of a player from team B. The team A player starts the game.
- The team B player runs and attempts to touch the player from team A before they get back to their team’s starting point.
- If the player from team A gets back to their start line it releases their teammate to chase. The chaser becomes the chased.
- A player can also be released to be chased if their teammate gets touched. Once a player touches someone they must recover back to their start line.
- To ensure each player has to run hard, each player must at least cross the halfway line prior to returning to their starting point.
KEY REFEREEING POINTS
- If a player runs out of the edge of the box, that also means a point to the other team.
- Make the teams call out their own score.
SCORES AND DEVELOPMENTS
You can run this until a team scores a certain number of points or on a time limit.
Change the size of the box to suit different players. You can also run two games at once if you have lots of numbers. Plus, you could have 2v2, where two players run out.
You can have two balls per team. The ball is transferred at the end of the run.