Play the ball – See Saw drill

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This drill uses many parts of the game of Rugby League and allows you to concentrate on different core skills depending on what you want to teach your team. A ‘See Saw’ drill is one that basically goes across to one side and then turns around and goes straight back to the other side a little like a see saw, you will understand better when you watch the videos. This is quite an advanced drill and probably not one you should be using much under 12 or 13 years old as the kids will struggle to understand it.

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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