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I need help with defensive sets and communication?

I need help with defensive sets and communication. I coach U13 and I am having trouble devising a dril which gets them communicating but mostly helps get them more aware of their own defensive line. I still have boys who are very ball focussed and I need them to start looking up and down their line and the other teams to make sure they are numbered up and there are no holes. Any ideas?

Peter

You are right to be thinking about getting them to communicate in defense. I have written a simple and easy practice for you which I have attached. You can develop this by mixing up the numbers or by getting the coach to use a ball as a way of moving the attackers and then throwing the ball in to start the attack.

The key is that the defenders are reacting to the movement of the attackers and having to both look and communicate with each other as the attackers shift from left to right.

Good luck and I hope this helps you.

Simon

Communicating in defence


Description:

Getting players to communicate effectively in defence is essential.

This practice is designed to get the players working and communicating together.


Coaching Points:
  • Split the players into two teams of equal numbers.
  • The coach positions himself behind the defenders
  • Signalling with his arms the coach gets the attackers to move sideways (left arm up = move to their right etc)
  • When coach raises both arms attackers try to beat the defenders

 

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