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Guidelines

  1. Use a grid system when organising groups for the practices (see 'Using grids' below for suggested layout)
  2. Get the group moving quickly. The warm up phase should be active and must not become boring for the players
  3. Use clear demonstrations to illustrate the activities. The young players must clearly understand what you want them to do
  4. Position yourself so that you can see all the players as they work (coach outside in)
  5. When applicable, try to create additional interest by introducing competition between groups or individuals
  6. If a group has difficulty with one practice, try to modify it using the easier variant of the exercise (you will find an easier and harder variant listed for each exercise). Ensure that there is adequate space to make the practice effective
  7. Move amongst the groups while they are working. Give praise or advice to individuals and correct errors where appropriate
  8. Pick out examples of good performance and ask the players concerned to demonstrate them to the rest of the group so as to highlight and develop good practice

Resources

Ideal resources you will need for a typically sized group of 25 young players:

  • 5 balls (one ball for each group of five players) (consider using size 4 balls for children under 16 to aid handling)
  • A level area roughly a quarter of the size of a Rugby pitch (preferably grassy or at least soft ground free from hard or sharp objects)
  • Bibs or bands to differentiate between groups of players (if the players aren’t wearing different strips)

Using grids and channels

Grids

  • Mark out grids and squares, using lines and / or marker cones on the playing surface
  • The size of the grids should be determined by the age and ability of the players, and the type of activity being performed. For young players, grids of 10m x 10m are adequate
  • Several grids can be joined to make larger areas by the removal of the central marker cone, as shown above, facilitating quick movement through the session

Channels

  • Channels are made by combining grids to form an elongated area
  • They are particularly good for practising passing in groups
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