Releasing the Overlap

In this session we look at decision making when releasing the overlap and using it to overload the opposition's defence.

Quite often players will know how to create and release an overlap but in practice will keep hold of the ball, with the winger/ fullback/ back-rower carrying the ball wider and wider until the chance is gone and they end up going into touch and falling into a hedge. To ensure your players keep the move going and use the overlap to their advantage we work on recreating game situations where your players need to decide whether to carry the ball, dummy the pass or pop the ball off to the supporting player to run onto.

Designed for squads large and small of all abilities we start with a simple 3 vs 2 drill that is designed to instil confidence in your players and encourage them to release the ball to create the overlap for the extra man to carry the ball up the pitch. Of course no game is ever quite as simple as this and we at Sportplan fully recognise this which is why the drills become progressively more and more difficult, bringing in more defenders and adding to the complexity of the passing moves.

To bring the session to a fun conclusion we play am 8 vs 6 conditioned game which looks at encouraging your attackers to put into practice everything they've covered in this releasing the overlap session. Come the end of the session you should see your players making more positive runs and are more ready to release the ball to continue the move.

This session is available as part of an Interactive Coaching Pack, scroll down to learn more

Core Skills 2 - Progressive Skill Sessions

Wondering how to introduce key elements to your players, keep them moving in the right direction and improve their overall game? If so look no further than this great pack of sessions, in which we work on progressing the basics.

Using the sessions in this pack you can help your players to outmanoeuvre their opponents at the line-out, off-load the ball to keep play alive and create the quick ball with a fast and hard moving ruck!

Six fantastic sessions for you to use with your players focusing on: Man-Marking, Using the sweeper system, Line Out Pod Exercises, Releasing the Overlap, Keep Moving at the Ruck and Off Loading to keep the ball alive!

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Core Skills 2 - in this pack:

Keep moving at the Ruck

Put your best foot forwards and drive, drive, drive the opposition back in this quick ball at the ruck technique session!

Line Out Pod Exercises

Rise above the rest - In this session we look at how you can get your line-out pods working more effectively.

Man-Marking - Defensive Alignment

Get your back line communicating to pick up their opposite number - pressure and rush as a unit to force the error!

Off Loading - Keep the ball alive!

Get your team playing with good attacking, open play in this Off Loading session with a difference!

Releasing the Overlap

This session looks at once the overlap has been created, what do we do with it? Looking at ways to continue the attack by releasing the ball at the right time.

Second line of defence - Sweeper system

Introduce a sweeper system to save your team time and energy - whilst also working on forcing the attackers wide when defending!

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Interactive Sessions - Easy to understand and Coach
Once purchased - the folder pack instantly appears in your online account and is ready to use:
Each Session comes with its own aims, clear coaching points and accompanying animations and illustrations to give you all you need to take sessions with your team.
Read & Watch
Read the session on screen and watch the animated drills and video techniques.
Present & Teach
Use the slideshow feature to present the drills full screen or on an interactive whiteboard.
Download & Print
Download and print pdf version of each session to read and use offline.
Quick & Convenient
Download and print summary sheets, a great quick reminder when your out on the field.

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