playing into space small sided game for rugby league

Playing into Space – SSG

How to play the game:

Blues are attacking players, Orange are defending players, Red are coach positions and light blue are cones that show the retreating player where to go back too.

The players in defense are numbered according to the side the coach is feeding the ball in from so closest is one to five furthest away.

Support Line Drill

INTRODUCTION

This defensive drill works on a number of the core defensive skills as well as getting your defenders working together as part of a defensive unit. This drill will also work on player fitness when done continually for a set number of minutes.

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This is a drill that can de carried out in a really confined space with anything from 4 to 8 or 10 defenders depending on the number of tackle shields you have available.

Set your attacking line up with the number of tackle shields you have available and your first defender 10 meters away from the first attacker with the rest of your defenders in a line behind them.

1st man moves in and makes the tackle, using the correct technique but doesn't drive the player or take him to the ground and then slides across to attacker 2 as he retreats the ten. Your first player should then communicate with the next man and they go in and complete the tackle together.

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COACHING POINTS

Get your players to signal at the attacker they are defending against.

Make sure the line looks to make sure everyone is set, that they communicate and move in together maintaining the line.

1st impact in the tackle should be the shoulder, grip around the back with the arm connected to that shoulder and then leaver the opposite leg.

ADVANCING THE DRILL

Allow the attacking line to move in making the drill a full contact one.

Remove the tackle shields so that the players get used to the contact.

Complete the drill by having the defenders lift the leg, drive and then ground the attacker. When doing this one complete the drill by working the floor and offloading to the marker position.

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Straights and Diagonals

INTRODUCTION

This is a basic Rugby League handling drill which allows the coach to look at things like passing, catching, communication, running and passing in front of the man.

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INSTRUCTIONS

Set out an oblong around 15 by 25 feet with a cone on each corner and then split your players equally in lines behind the cones.

Player one sets off along the longest side of the oblong, passing right to player two who then runs diagonally across the oblong before passing to three who goes along the opposite length, passing to 4 who again crosses diagonally.

Complete a set number of rotations to complete the drill.

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COACHING POINTS

Watch for the runner carrying the ball corectly, looking up with the ball below the chin and elbows out.

The pass should be infront of the receiver as they are moving forward at pace. If the pass is direct to the receiver then they may miss it due to running past the position of the pass.

Are all players communicating, calling each others names whether ball carrier or receiver.

ADVANCING THE DRILL

Add a second ball in where player 1 started from when player 3 leaves.

Preassurise the drill by adding a set of press ups or sit ups dependent on a number off balls being dropped.

Check that the reciever communicates with the ball carrier

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Introducing the dropoff or D-Ball

INTRODUCTION

The simplest way to describe the Dropoff ball is the ball carrier runs across the park and hits a man coming back on the inside of him, watch the following video to see what I mean

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INSTRUCTIONS

Set out a channel around 10 meters wide with 2 lines of players behind cones on opposite sides of the channel. Start with all the balls on the left, 1st ball carrier sets off straight and then setps right across the drill towards the other side of the channel, the other player stes the opposite way and runs behind the back of the ball carrier. The Ball carrier needs to disguise the pass as much as possible and turn towards the man running back on the inside and offload the ball to him at pace.

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COACHING POINTS

  1. Players go straight first and then step to ask questions of defenders
  2. Ball carrier turns towards the runner so that he is insight all the time
  3. Make sure the runner has targets up to receive the ball and looks up to see what his next option is once he has the ball in his hand.

EXTENDING THE DRILL

  1. Introduce gates into the channel that the runners must go through, this helps them to run the correct lines before you add in defenders (Use 2 cones to make each gate)
  2. Add in a defender half way down the channel to put preassure on the ball carrier

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