Use this game with eight to ten players to improve your players’ counter-attacking reactions, so support players who are in front of the kick, especially, can connect with the ball carrier more effectively. Connect quickly with the ball carrier to attack gaps in the kick-chase. MORE
Take a punt
Kicking is a core skill that all coaches need to know how to coach if they want to progress through their levels. Start early and get your players used to aiming at targets.
There will be times when a player has to kick the ball whatever their position. Get all your players practising this skill to enhance your team.
Split groups of four into pairs facing each other across the kicking zone. Use flags or cones as the punting target. The ball is passed to the kicker, who tries to hit the flags/cones with their kick.
This is a practice for accuracy – and by creating a circle you can change the emphasis onto the weight of the kick by asking the kicker to try and land the ball in it.
Give the kicker an option of targets on the left, centre and right. As he receives the pass, tell them what target to kick at.
- The players catch the pass and immediately kick the ball.
- The ball is held correctly with the toe pointed when punting.
- No throwing the ball up to kick.