Create a competition to get to the line, with the attacker either using speed or evasive skills to beat a defender coming from a different angle.
This easy to set up activity can be run as a breakout from games or as a large group in lots of boxes. Mix up the players so sometimes they are evenly matched and other times, there’s a bit of mismatch in favour of the defender.
Put a defender on cone A, B or C and an attacker on cone D, E or F.
When you say “GO” the attacker has to run over to the opposite line without being touched.
Have an attacker and defender walk/ run to and fro between their outside cones (A to C, D to F as for activity 1).
Then shout “GO” and the attacker aims to do as he did before.
Why not introduce full tackling? This is a good session ender, with prizes for winners, or forfeits for losers, like collecting up the cones.
Keep light on your feet.
Attack hard one way, then step the other and attack that way.
For the youngest players, keep the ball in two hands so there is no chance of a handoff.
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