EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Activities for U8 players

Stand in the correct position for a restart 1

Stand in the correct position for a restart

in Defence, EasiCoach

U8 MINI-TAG | DEFENDING 4 ACTIVITY: WHO’S READY FIRST? Split your players into two teams. Put half of each team on one side of the area and half on the other. Players should line up along the side of the area with one “half team” on each side of the centre cone. You stand in the... MORE

Work together as defenders-2

Work together as defenders

in Defence, EasiCoach

U8 MINI-TAG | DEFENDING 5 ACTIVITY: TRACK THE ATTACKERS Three attackers spread out along one of the long sides of the area and two defenders stand on the opposite side. The attackers pass a ball from side to side between themselves. When you shout “go”, the ball carrier runs forward with the other two attackers. Their... MORE

Understand that the ball goes backwards-1

Understand that the ball goes backwards

in EasiCoach, Passing & Handling

U8 MINI-TAG | HANDLING 1 ACTIVITY: SPREAD, PASS AND RUN FORWARD Put four players, one with a ball, on the starting cone facing the try line. The ball carrier runs to the cone in front of him and the players spread out facing the try line, with the end player on the cone that is... MORE

Shadow Buster - part 1

Shadow Buster

in Fun rugby games, Small-sided games

The Rules 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. Set Up... MORE

Turned to stone - part 1

Turned to Stone

in Fun rugby games, Small-sided games

The Rules Chose about one in four players to be chasers (the “spooks”). Give each spook a ball. The spooks turn the rest of the players to “stone” by touching them with the ball on the chest or back. They cannot throw the ball and must hold it in two hands. If turned to stone,... MORE

Zombie Chief - part 1

Zombie Chief

in Fun rugby games, Small-sided games

The Rules Chose one (or two) player(s) to be the Zombie Chief(s). They stand in the middle of the playing area. Divide the rest of the players into four groups, with one group spread along each side of the playing area. On your signal, the players have to run through the playing area and get... MORE

Nevada Smith - part 1

Nevada Smith

in Fun rugby games, Small-sided games

The Rules Set up two teams facing each other at opposite sides of the playing area (the “swamp”). One team is the “bandits”, the other team comprises “Nevada Smiths”. Give the “treasure” (a ball) to the first Nevada Smith, who must try and escape from the swamp, either through the side or the far end,... MORE

Cat & Mouse - part 1

Cat & Mouse

in Fun rugby games, Small-sided games

The Rules Divide the players into four teams, one team of “cats” and three teams of “mice”. Each mouse group takes it in turns. Set up the first mouse group on the corner diagonally opposite the scoring zone “home”, with the cats on another corner. Place one ball per mouse throughout the playing area. The... MORE

The tomb - part 1

The Tomb

in Fun rugby games, Small-sided games

The Rules This game has a similar set up and challenges to “Nevada Smith”. However, it has the addition of a small square (the “tomb”) marked in the centre of the playing area (the “swamp”). Set up two teams facing each other at opposite sides of the playing area (the “swamp”). One team is the... MORE

Union jacks - part 1

Union Jacks

in Fun rugby games, Small-sided games

The Rules Set up eight stations – one on each corner and one on the middle of each side of the playing area. Divide the players into eight groups, so there are three or four players at each station. Give a ball to one player in each group. On your command, the eight ball carriers... MORE

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