Need to inject some new ideas in training. Sometimes the old games have run their course. Well, for the time being anyway. Here are some fun games which are quick to set-up and, with few rules, give the players new challenges. Though they are primarily aimed at mini-tag, you can easily adapt them for older players. I think you find the energy generated quite uplifting. MORE
Hardcore piggy in the middle
Pull the core skills of contact together with an age-old game with a twist.
This simple game is easy to set up so players can concentrate on the core skills of footwork, offloading and ball placement in a competitive situation
- Play five attackers v two piggies.
- The attackers can run and pass anywhere in the square.
- Any mistake by an attacker means that player swaps with the nearest “piggy”.
- If the piggy slaps down or intercepts the ball, he replaces the last attacker to touch the ball.
- If the piggy puts two hands on the ball carrier’s body, the ball carrier and tackler have to go to ground.
- Then two attackers and one defender compete for the ball on the ground.
- The direction of the attack is the way the attacker who is touched is running.
- Develop by moving to full contact.
- Don’t offload the ball if it is not on – go to ground.
- Use the fend to create space to offload (even in touch).
- Keep the ball free – shift it from hand to hand