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hi i am coaching younger players and they don't have?

hi i am coaching younger players and they don't have much experience playing rugby, the ages are from 10 to 14 years old they don't have a lot of skill but thats ok , but the problem i have is how to get them not to all go for the ball and full into one big heap. is there drills to manage them to more toward a rugby shape and to get them to hold thier width. thank you

Joe

I have attached a simple "Round the corner drill" which can help your youngsters get used to being behind the ball.

I would advise you not to worry about shape too much - just let them play small sided games where the only rule is you have to pass backwards - it will take time but they will get it!

Good luck

Simon

3 vs 2 - Sprint to support

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15m x 35m Grid.

1 Attacker starts on the half way line of the grid, with the other two outside of the grid back to back with two defenders. On the command the one attacker runs around the red cone, with the other one running around the blue cone - likewise for the defenders.

Once they have run around the cones a 3 vs 2 will develop. If the player with the ball passes immediately this will give a 3 vs 2 in the middle of the pitch.


Coaching Points:

Encourage players to get into position as quickly as possible.

Attackers draw defenders and make the space

Keep depth of support players

Attack the spaces

Change defenders and attacker over

Defenders keep in line

All - communicate

Hi Joe, One thing that could help is to simply get them to play Flag or Touch rugby first. By doing so and prohibiting contact, players will have to look for space, optimum positioning on the field for support, therefore will understand that having everyone on the same spot does not help at all. I'm personally coaching kids between ages 7 and 10 and thanks to Flag, they are producing a "rugby shape-like" game.

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