Rugby Drill Demonstration
- Quickly tell the players that when you blow you whistle and shout Atom, you will also shout a number to let the players know the size of the groups/atoms they need to get into. For example - if you shout Atom six - you want the players to get into groups of six. They should bind on in the groups to create a small circle of players.
- In between atom calls the players run around the grid in different and random directions.
- Some players may be left out of some groups/atoms, depending on the size of the groups when you call Atom. If those plays are a little put out by being left out, give them the opportunity to make the next Atom call.
- Progression: Same as above, but in between Atom calls you play Simon Says e.g. let the players jog around but you call Simon Says put you hand on your head, Simon Says touch the ground with your right hand, Simon says jump up and clap your hands, ATOM 4! T
- his should be fun, joke a little with the players and have fun with this. You may decide on minor outcomes for players that don't get into groups quick enough e.g. 2 press-ups. You are the referee, so use your judgment.
Remember you don't have to focus on all of the following coaching points. Pick the points that are relevant to your session, or decide on your own!
- Players really do need to listen to their coach and to each other!
- This warm-up, if used at the start of the season, is a great opportunity for younger players to learn each other's names in small groups.
- This warm-up is also about building the team, having them bind on will help build that bond.
- Players should be silent when in their groups, you want to help your young players understand that when you talk - they listen.
- Allow some players to act as leaders - making the atom calls.
- Players should look out for their team-mates, it's not just about them.
- Look out for leaders, players that care about other players and work hard to sort their atom out - you can learn a lot from watching them respond to this warm-up.