This session works on players reading the situation and not being afraid to give up ground as long as the tackle is made. Sometimes the tackler needs to accept that he cannot “win” the contact, but still needs to bring the ball carrier to ground effectively. MORE
Two hands are better than one
Without forcing the issue, use this race to illustrate to your players the need to run with two hands on the ball, so they can pass quickly and in both directions.
Two hands on the ball means players are able to pass in any direction immediately, which is important to maintain continuity.
- Put pair of players on the first cone in a line of cones.
- The front player has a ball.
- When you shout go, the front player has to weave in and out of the cones aiming to be first to a line beyond the end of the cones.
- The other player follows behind but doesn’t have to go through the cones.
- At any stage, shout pass.
- The ball carrier has to immediately pass to his teammate.
- That teammate then races to the line instead.
You can develop by starting better pairs a little further back.
This exercise aims to persuade players of the benefits of carrying the ball in two hands.
You could say nothing and let them work it out for themselves. Be patient!
- Put two hands in the middle of the ball.
- Carry the ball off the chest.
- Supporting player, stay in a position to be able to run onto the pass.