Three-part session teaching players to receive on the half-turn and break defensive lines. By DAVID PONCIA MORE
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
- One player is nominated as the defender. The other players go around the outside of the area and place their ball onto a cone.
- 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.
- 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”
The players shield their balls around a circle.
The defender uses his strength to knock a ball off of a cone.
The defeated player now has to challenge one of the other players.