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.

[private] 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.

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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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.

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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