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Pass ‘N’ Score – SSG

This pass and score game is really adaptable as it allows your players to practice their handling skills whilst being challenged under preassure. It also makes them play with their heads up and react to situations that are ever evolving.

If you are practicing handling around the body and round legs to test grip etc I suspect most will have done it with the players in lines racing each other to a cone and back practicing the skill. It works but isn't very game related.

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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Tight 6 Ruck defense system

INTRODUCTION

The tight 6 ruck defence is one way of structuring your team to defend around the ruck. It relies on communication and speed from the 2 defenders either side of the ruck. This defensive system is described in the 'Laying the Foundations' E book available for download from the site. Click Ebooks on the menu for more information. [private]

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INSTRUCTIONS

You require a play the ball situation with a runner either side, 2 markers and then some defenders who start outside of the grid.

To start the drill, the 1st marker puts the ball carrier on the floor and waits for a held call. At that point the defenders must get around the cones and set themselves together with the markers.

The ball carrier gets up and play the ball and the AHB hits one of the runners, the first marker moves across towards the man receiving the pass and the second marker steps up inline with him. As the ball is played the 4 defenders move up to create a wall with the 2 markers.

COACHING POINTS

Plenty for you to look for with this one, communication is key.

Correct play the ball

Markers working correctly

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Crossover Passing

INTRODUCTION

Crossover passing is a simple handling drill that allows the players to practice passing and catching the ball at pace and also re-adjusting their run so that they can react again in support.

INSTRUCTIONS

As per the following video start with 2 lines of players behind cones about 10 meters apart [private]with a man opposite about 10 meters away. Mark out a channel at the same width the players are stood and behind the man 10 meters away from the 2 lines. The first player in line 1 is going to pass to the man in the middle and run across him into the channel whilst the man from line 2 is going the opposite way into the channel, the players are then challenged to pass twice within the channel.

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COACHING POINTS

Quality of pass (is it at 6'Oclock), Communication, Targets, Passing off the correct foot, Twisting Hips.

Can you think of any more?

ADVANCING THE DRILL

Add 2 defenders into the drill and then ask the players to carry out 2, 2 v 1 situations.

Add a 3rd player into the middle of the drill and run an X, Y or a face ball (Information on all of these will be added soon)

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