So you start coaching and go on an RFL coaching course and they teach you the basics of passing, tackling and even some kicking but they are all taught as static and drill based, someone kicks a ball and someone else catches it and kicks it back or someone kicks it and someone else chases it but how does that relate to the game in the real world, how does a player learn about decision making, when to drop on the ball and when to pick it up on the run, when they have time or they have to attack the ball?
HOW TO PLAY THE GAME:
This game can be played with 5 players upwards and has two effects. Conditioning for the defending side and playing into space / creating an overlap for the attack.
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. Communication in this one is a must to get the line pushing together.
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.
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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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.
Plenty for you to look for with this one, communication is key.
Correct play the ball
Markers working correctly
Make sure the defenders do not cross each other. [/private]
Ultimately when coaching Rugby League, you want your players to create an overlap or to drag defenders out of position so that a hole is created in the defensive line for someone to go through!! Overs and Unders are a way of creating these holes for people to go through.
Both are coached in a very similar way, an unders line See's the support player run towards the ball carrier and overs the opposite way. The video below shows you the unders line being run twice and the overs line once.
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Set up 2 lines of players opposite tackle shields. The ball carrier runs into the middle of the drill and then steps away from the support runner dragging the defender away with him. The support runner suns straight at the other defender to get him to hold and then at the last moment steps inside into the gap created by both his and the ball carriers lines of running.
The overs is slightly different in that the ball carrier wants to stand the defender up by running straight at him whilst the support player runs into the middle to drag the 2nd defender towards the ball carrier. The ball carrier steps into the gap between the 2 defenders forcing both defenders to go for him and the support player steps outside of the 2nd defender whilst receiving the ball.
This one isn't really a drill as such but can be used to explain the concepts of overs and unders lines to players. What kind of drills can you use to practice this technique? Please tell us in the comments section
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
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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- Players go straight first and then step to ask questions of defenders
- Ball carrier turns towards the runner so that he is insight all the time
- 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
- 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)
- Add in a defender half way down the channel to put preassure on the ball carrier
Can you think of any other ways to advance this one or do you have a question or comment? Please post them below.
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.
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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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)
Please make sure you add any questions or comments