Use a game of “Colours” to challenge the awareness and communication skills of your players. The game revolves around different coloured try lines (and eventually balls), either the players or coach can call the change of colour, which then changes the direction of the attack. The challenge: All the players must react to the change in direction of the pitch, being aware of which try line is where, where their players are aligned, which way they are now attacking and defending, and communicating to support a faster, more effective transition. MORE
Divide the players into groups of four. The groups jog around with the players following each other. They have to concentrate to avoid bumping into another group and into each other.
The player at the front of each group holds a ball. The player behind is the “shadow”.
You make a call of either “PASS”, “POP”, “DOWN” or “ROLL”. The ball carrier must either:
- PASS – Turn and pass to the shadow, or
- POP – Pop the ball over their head to the shadow, or
- DOWN – Put the ball down for the shadow, or
- ROLL – Roll the ball for the shadow to pick up.
As soon as each player lets go of the ball, they run to join the back of line.
Area: 10m x 10m.
Equipment: 1 ball per 4 players, bibs (if available).
Players: 16 – four groups of 4.
Whichever group can “PASS”, “POP”, “DOWN” and “ROLL” the quickest wins.
What to Call Out
- “Look for space”
- “Stay close to the player with the ball”
- “Move quickly onto the ball”
- “Communicate with your team mates”
Gently increase the speed the players run at and their intensity during this warm up. Only assist groups that are struggling to solve the problems.
The players jog around in groups avoiding each other.
Decide how the players pass the ball to the shadows.
The shadow collects the ball. The player behind becomes the next shadow.