Don’t teach falling over. Teach the players to bounce themselves and therefore the ball off the ground and back into the game. It reduces the fear of falling by making the players embrace the ground as part of a skill for continuity. MORE
Quick Coach: Fend and pass
“The ball carrier uses a strong fend to create space and time to pass the ball to their supporting player while the defender aims to disrupt. They then turn the corner and repeat.”
Three cones, 3m apart, one ball.
HOW TO PLAY
Put an attacker with a ball in the first space between the cones and another attack about 2m away. Put a defender next to the middle cone facing away from the ball carrier and another on the other side of the middle cone facing the oncoming attacker.
Have the ball carrier pass to the attacker who then goes around and through the gap.
The defender can only move sideways and aims to grab the shirt of the attacker.
The attacker passes the ball if they are held or runs around to the next defender.
The attackers continue to go around twice, before they swap roles.
Once both groups have gone “clockwise”, they then run anti-clockwise.
Have a spare ball at the ready to throw to the attackers if they drop the ball or it goes forward.
Count the successful attempts.
Make the tacklers more active, so they come forward.
With five, have three defenders and make the area into a triangle shape. With six, make the area into a square.