This is an adaptation of a game I use in school. It’s great as a warm-up or as a game to encourage and support creativity before moving towards a more rugby-specific game. It encourages and challenges evasion skills, spatial awareness, communication, as well as passing, kicking and catching. MORE
Set up a large playing square. Ask the players to pair up.
In each pair, one player leads and the other follows (the “shadow”). The lead player has to lose their shadow.
After several seconds call “STOP” and see who has managed to lose their shadow. Then swap the pairs around.
Area: 20m x 20m or small gym/games hall.
Players: Whole class or squad.
When you call “STOP” each pair counts the number of steps they are apart. The winners are the nearest shadow and furthest lead player from their partners.
What to Call Out
- “Look for space and move into it”
- “Take short steps when changing direction”
- “Keep your head up to see what’s going on”
- “Use fast feet to move away from your shadow”
Vary the times before calling “STOP” to create variation and increase the work rate.
Players pair up, the shadow following the lead player.
The lead player tries to lose the shadow.
Regularly shout “STOP” to see which players have lost their shadow.