Hit and Adjust
Skill execution: 1 Decision making: 0 Speed: 2
Agility: 2 Endurance: 3 Speed endurance: 3
To practice adjusting position in defense after getting up from the ground; to learn how to work as a unit when fatigued.
Four tackle bags and four tackle shields, four cones
Split players into groups of 12. Four players line up 5 metres apart holding tackle bags. Four players line up 5 metres from the tackle bags, facing them. Four other players hold tackle shields and line up 5 metres behind and between the bags.
How to Play
On your command, the four defenders move forward towards the bags, pointing at and naming the bags they are marking. They move forward for two or three strides before arcing to one side of the bags and then stepping in to make their hits on the bags. The defenders must hold the bags down for three or four seconds before retreating (by running forward), keeping the bags in sight. At this time, the shield holders come through the gaps between the bags. (One shield holder will be outside the bags; decide whether you or the shield holders themselves will choose the side of the bags to run through.) As the shield holders come through the gaps, the defenders nominate which to hit, move forward, and slide onto their shields. The activity should last for a specific period of time or number of tackles.
- Defenders must communicate as a unit.
- Players must get up from the ground, quickly retreat, and realign as the defensive line.
- Players must use good footwork and shoulder contact when hitting the shields.
Require players to use a game-specific movement, such as a simulated pass from the breakdown as starting signal; allow the shield holders to leave some of the gaps empty and align themselves outside the bags, causing the defenders to have to communicate and slide.