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Win the 1 v 1 kick chase
Develop the role of the kick-chasing player. Use these exercises to work on how to compete for the ball, make a tackle or guide the catcher out of play.
A kick is only as a good as its chase. A good chase can turn an average kick into a turnover.
- Put a catcher and chaser at different distances apart.
- Throw the ball up for the catcher.
- Depending on the distances, he will have to make a contestable catch, or have time to catch the ball.
- The chaser can work out whether he will go for the ball or not.
- Develop by setting up a catcher inside a box, with two support players either side of him.
- Two chasers and a kicker stand either in a position for a contestable kick or for a “downtown” kick where the catcher has time to take the ball and then run.
- The receiving team aim to run the ball out of the end of the box. Use touch tackling or full tackling.
- If the catch cannot be tackled immediately, the chaser should move to one side.
- He then shepherds the catcher towards the touchline, making sure he cannot be beaten the inside.
- Contest for the ball with the hands above the head – like a goal keeper going for a cross in football.
- Chop the feet if coming to make a tackle to get the right timing.
- Get inside the catcher he has a chance to run and move towards a touchline.