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Pump, scan, pass or go

Learn to fix defenders with straight running and a “pump” pass – then pass or go depending on whether the defender drifts off. Use this decision-making exercise to develop both skills.

Keeping a defender guessing is crucial when trying to finish try-scoring opportunities. By running straight the defender is held. But if he looks like he might drift, a simple “pump” of the ball towards the intended receiver can make him step out, leaving the gap to go through.

  1. A ball carrier and three support players run towards the box.
  2. A defender waits on the corner of the box until the first attacker enters it.

  1. As soon as the first attacker enters the box, he can pass the ball and the defender can move forward to touch the ball carrier.
  2. The ball carrier can “pump” the ball towards the next receiver.
  3. If the defender drifts too much, he can go himself instead of passing.
  4. Start the exercise at jogging pace, so that players can understand the lines and skills, before speeding up the exercise.

  1. Develop by adding another defender who starts outside the box.
  2. Change the length of the box to suit the skills of the players.

TECHNIQUE

  • Run straight.
  • Pump, scan and then pass or go.
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