William (14), Tom (12), John (9), Clara (5) and dad Jamie Green go through different ball handling ideas bouncing a ball against the wall. It shows how you can give each age group a different range of challenges. MORE
The five step challenge
Help players work on running forwards as well as passing backwards, but also on what happens next – realignment and ready to play again.
By building up the intensity you can isolate passing and go-forward skills. Make the players get into position to run forwards and pass backwards.
- Place four players into the first channel with a person acting as a feeder.
- He passes the ball to the first player who takes FIVE STEPS ONLY and then passes.
- The next player does the same until player 4 does their five steps and then puts the ball on the ground.
- The players run into the next channel and play the ball from where player 4 put the ball down.
- They all pass again while taking five steps but this time player 4 should be able to score a try before finishing their fifth step.
- If they have scored the try, make the channel a little longer to make them work a harder.
- To begin with, try to complete the activity at walking pace then gradually build up the intensity.
- Develop by placing a defender into channel 2 and allow them to run at one of the player preventing them from taking their five steps.
- Square up shoulders to make them parallel with the try line before taking the five steps.
- Pass in front of the receiver.