One Defender, 2 Defender defence 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. Communication in this one is a must to get the line pushing together.

INSTRUCTIONS

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.

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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Dummy Runner or Option Runner

When I started coaching I got into the habit of asking players to be a 'Dummy Runner' in certain situations and very quickly they became used to being that 'Dummy Runner' which created problems further down the line. As the team progressed we then started getting the half backs taking on the line and picking the correct option which then caused a problem with our Dummy Runners.

What had happened is that the players had got used to running the lines but didn't expect the ball but the halves where giving them the ball because they where actually the correct option as they had a gap in front of them. Arguments ensued and the whole issue had to be addressed and thats when I realised a mistake had been made that slowed down our progress.

Explaining overs and Unders

INTRODUCTION

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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INSTRUCTIONS

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

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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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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

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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