In the third part of a session, after a warm-up game and then a skill drill, introduce a skill game. The game is still focused on the objective. It gives the players a chance to explore the skill in the context of the game and see why it is relevant. MORE
Ball carriers have a better chance of beating tacklers if they are going forward and changing their angles. Encourage players to do this, even if they are facing two or more defenders.
Players need the confidence to go forward evasively with the ball. This session introduces the skill and then puts it into pressure situations. Don’t be surprised if the more timid players find it hard to start with. This session might need repetition on a number of occasions.
- Put at least two players at one end of the cone set up (see the top picture), and one at the other end.
- The first with a ball runs through the cones so he goes outside then inside and then outside.
- He then stops and pops the ball up for the next player who runs down the other side of the box in the same fashion.
- Make sure they start slowly and then speed up as they become more adept at the skill.
- Develop by having a player try to beat two defenders.
- He takes a pass before coming forward.
- Use cones to mark out target zones to see if he can get beyond certain points.
- Use grab or full tackling.
- Finally have two players trying to beat three defenders.
- The first receiver can either run or run and pass. Allow offloads.
- Hold the ball in two hands.
- Always go forward but keep changing direction.