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?
This is a neat drill that keeps everyone constantly working and see's the players learning how to go into contact in a way that allows them to spin off the defender, keeping the ball carrying arm away and then works on the ability to offload to a man following up in support.
This drill requires Marker Cones, 2 Tackle Shields and a ball.
2 Players need to hold tackle shields with a line opposite each at right angles as per the animation. 1st player runs and hits the shield, turns and offloads to a player in support from the other line and the drill continues.
Make sure the players swap lines so that they can practice offloading both left and right.
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.
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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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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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.
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