The whole-part-whole approach can really fast-track your players’ improvements. Set the themes and let them learn at a pace that suits them. MORE
Whole-part-whole handling games
Here’s a 30-minute session to work on your team’s handling decision-making skills using a whole-part-whole approach. Adjust the timings to suit your players.
The theme for the session is making handling decisions. Start with a game of touch then move onto 2 v 1s and finish off with the six-ball game. Schedule around 10 minutes for each element.
- Play a normal game of touch rugby after you have introduced the theme. Let the players come up with the rules.
- Then move onto 2 v 1s. Using the side of the pitch, have a pair of attackers run around into the 5m channel, with a defender coming from the opposite direction.
- Keep the activity quick and set up more groups if you have more numbers.
- Swap into a wider area for a development.
- Finally, move onto “six-ball rugby”. Each team has six attacks, one from each ball. Shout which ball to play from.
- The start can be immediate, slowed down, or from a set-piece, like a lineout or 3-man scrum.
- Change the starting ball at any point. It’s best with full contact.
- Following the hands through to the target. l Look for and pass to space – listen out.
- Attack straight with the ball in hand.
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