This fun three-part session develops players’ 1v1 skills and increases confidence on the ball. By JOE KIRKLAND MORE
Bees and wasps
This session gives players an understanding of how to defend and develop team communication. It also works on dribbling, and it encourages awareness of space and helps players to see what’s around them by keeping their heads up.
Use a 30×30-yard area. Put a ball balanced on a cone in the centre of the area. We’ve used seven players. You need bibs, balls and cones.
How to play it
Split your squad into two groups of four players: one group are ‘bees’ and other group are ‘wasps’. The wasps have a ball each and must try to knock the bees’ honey off the honeycomb (knock the ball off the cone). The bees must defend their honey, but if the wasps knock the honey off the honeycomb the bees must pick up the ball and cone and move it somewhere else in the square.
Wasps earn a point for every ball knocked off. Swap roles after three or four minutes. You can add more honeycombs to make it more challenging for the bees to defend.
The bees have to work out how to best protect their honey and when the number of honeycombs is increased they have to work as a team and communicate to protect all the honey.
- 1. Wasps have a ball each and must try to avoid the bees and get near the honeycomb (the ball on the cone)
- 2. Wasps try to knock the honey off the honeycomb with their ball
- 3. When the honey is knocked off the honeycomb the bees must put it back on and move it somewhere else in the area
- 4. Now place more honeycombs around the areas for the wasps to attack
- 5. The bees will have to communicate so they can protect the extra cones