Don’t just play a game in training, make sense of it for you and your players. London Irish Academy Coach Development Officer, Rhys Davies develops “Patriots Touch". MORE
Get more from these four great adaptive games
Games in training are fun. They can also be extremely productive in helping players develop their skills and game understanding.
London Irish Academy coach Rhys Davies has taken four well-known adaptive games and looked in detail on how you and your team can gain a load more. He does this by looking at alternative rules, developing more constraints, asking pertinent questions to both attack and defence.
Each activity comes with possible answers, plus a pocket-friendly PDF handout rules and question reminder.
There are also skill zone ideas to help you fit this into a full session.
Here’s a brief introduction to each game. Click on the links for the detail.
Patriots touch puts more defenders in the backfield and rewards good kicking.
The Hurricanes game is slightly more physical, with an overloaded attack and defences aiming to get a square “hit”.
Fiji touch encourages attackers to pass before and out of tackles, while defences turnover the ball with hold tackles.
Finally, All Black touch gives one team unlimited touches and the other one phase to score.