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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.

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Ground Ball Retrieval – SSG

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?

Playing into gaps drill, advancement and small sided game

Do your players struggle to recognise gaps?

Are they struggling with handling to get the ball to a gap?

Struggling to get them to run good lines into space?

Want to work on push once an attacker has broken the line?

This drill which you can advance to include a full back for push through the line and finally into a small sided game will give you a way to work on those specific items plus more and it also allows you to challenge even more advanced players.

This one is a PDF that you can download, print out and take to the session with you including all the key coaching points etc.

Please let me know if it works for you and if you advance it even further or have similar drills that you use then we can include them on any update.

Finding the space session plan can be downloaded by clicking the link.

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.

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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Please make sure you add any questions or comments