Block down coaching routine: bouncing, kneeling, stationary kicking, movement, blocking drill mixed with stretching, kicking and handpassing.
Near hand Tackle
Teaching Points: Head – focus on the ball, not on the player.
Feet – get level with opponent and step across
Hands – Near hand flick, outside hand in the air.
Drill 1: Down the channel, walking, jogging and finally sprinting.
Drill 2: 1 v 1 +1 – tackler gets support to pick up the loose ball.
Drill 3: Rob Roy (4 inside a square, 4 outside. On the whistle outside players attempt a n.h.t. on the inside player)
Drill 4: Tackle Alley (solo towards goal, attempt to shoot before receiving a n.h.t)
Teaching points: Head: Looking up, watch the ball
Hands: Hands are up in front, boxer’s stance
Feet: Up on balls of the foot, pushing backwards, soft knees.
Drill 1: Attack the alley, jogging without a ball, introduce a ball, vary the pace. Emphasise closing space, defender dictating where attacker can go.
Drill 2: Through the colour gates. (player with possession calls a colour and attacks that gate)
Drill 3: 2 v 1 (player with ball solos out to the line and returns to be double teamed – emphasis on decision making)
Drill 4: Outside / Inside (players on the outside attack the gates to get to the inside)
Drill 5: Pressure Square
Drill 6: 2 v 2 (square grid, attack and defend the line, use numbers etc.)
Drill 7: Kick and tackle (3’s across the pitch)
All of the following games are based on tackling and defending both as an individual and as a group.
Game 1: Kick it, run it ( 4 v 4, team kick possession back to opposition who try to cross with ball over the opponent’s line. The coach counts down how long team can hold out the opposition)
Game 2: Cross it over ( 3 v 3 on one side, 3 v 3 in a square opposite. Team must pass to each other twice before they attempt to move the ball to their teammates in the opposite square who must do the same)
Game 3: 2 v 2 or 3 v 3 (players are divided between backs and forwards. Forwards are called by coach to collect a ball on the 30m line. They must work together to get a goal, defenders attempt to work together to stop the score. Repeat non stop for 1 minute)
Game 4: Defending forwards (any number divided between backs and forwards. Ball is kicked into the playing area – backs move when ball touches the ground, backs can only move when forwards get possession. Backs attempt to move ball out through gates, forwards attempt to defend and stop defenders coming out).
Game 5: 3 5s (5 v 5 v5. Reds, greens, yellows –reds and green attempt to keep possession to make 10 passes to count as a score, yellows must learn when to double or triple up to regain possession. The colour that loses the ball becomes the tacklers. Play up to 5 points)
Game 6: 3 v 3 plus 2 goalkeepers ( 3 players attack a goal under pressure from 3 markers, they attempt to score. If ball is saved or intercepted the other 3 attack the opposite goal. Game continues until a goal is scored. Immediately 6 new players join in)
Game 7: Keep the ball ( reds v blues, red player must solo through a gate and bring the ball to a red player on the other side. This red must bring it back through the gate and try to give it to another red on the starting side. Blues will attempt to tackle and regain possession. Game will continue for 4 attacks each)Game 8: 1 v 1, keepers are next. Play 1 v 1, as soon as a goal is scored the keepers are next on for a 1 v 1 game, the next 2 players go in goal and as soon as a score goes in, they become the next 2 attackers.