The shield

The players with a ball must shield and defend for their life whilst the defender without a ball competes hard to win possession. The different sizes and strengths of your players ensure each physical battle is different and a good learning opportunity for your players.

The set up

Area: 10 yard diameter circle
Equipment: 6 cones, 6 balls

The steps

  1. One player is nominated as the defender. The other players go around the outside of the area and place their ball onto a cone.
  2. The defender must try and knock a ball off one of the players’ cones while the players use their body to shield and protect the ball.
  3. If the defender is successful in knocking the ball away then the roles are reversed with the player now becoming the new defender.

What to call out

  • “Be strong”
  • “Use your arms and body”
  • “Protect the ball”


Perfect defending key

The shield - part 1

The players shield their balls around a circle.

The shield - part 2

The defender uses his strength to knock a ball off of a cone.

The shield - part 3

The defeated player now has to challenge one of the other players.

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