Coaching Tips - U11/U12

HANDLING

Key Outcomes - Under 11

Develop quality of passes -

  • Pass off the ground
  • Distance
  • Spin
  • Push
  • Flat
  • Decision making
  • 2 v 1 - 3 v 2 (condition defenders)
  • Miss pass and hands - everyone expects a pass

Key Coaching Factors

  • Push Pass
  • Arms bent receiving
  • Arms straight passing
  • Spin - power hand underneath coming over ball
  • Direction hand top/side
  • Hips facing forward

Key Outcomes - Under 12

  • Running straight - continue to develop quality of pass
  • Decision making 2 v 1 - 3 v 1 - 3 v 2
  • Conditioned defenders (Coaching players to see the bigger picture - to read what is in front of them)

Key Coaching Factors

  • Push Pass
  • Arms bent receiving
  • Arms straight passing
  • Spin - power hand underneath coming over ball- direction hand top/side
  • Hips facing forward

 

EVASION

Key Outcomes - U11/12

By the end of u11/12 players will be able to:

  • transfer the idea of going forward to score into a contact game.
  • use the side-step, swerve and spin to avoid being tackled.
  • take a tackle safely and in control.
  • control the ball after the tackle - pass it or place it.

Key Coaching Factors -u11/12

Side step

  • Make defender move.
  • Judge the distance from the would-be tackler
  • Plant foot and change direction
  • Accelerate away from defender

Spin

  • Make defender move
  • Plant foot and spin across defender
  • Accelerate away from defender

Ball management in the tackle situation

  • Hold ball with 2 hands.
  • Keep ball away from defender
  • Strong grip on the ball

Pass out of tackle

  • Go forward
  • Get as far to the side of the tackler as possible by use of side step, swerve or spin
  • Accelerate in contact
  • Free the arms
  • Support player to react to space created.

Ball Placement

  • Body facing where ball carrier came from
  • Long arm placement
  • Protect the head

 

DEFENCE

Defence - Under 11s

  • 12 a side
  • Waist high or lower tackles.
  • Tackler and next defender able to contest at the breakdown only.

Key Outcomes - Under 11

By the end of U11s the player will be able to…

Successfully and safely complete front/ side/rear tackle technique

  • Successfully and safely complete tackles
  • Waist high or lower.
  • Align, Nominate and Communicate defensive positions from scrum and lineout.
  • Understand roles and numbers at a breakdown situation.
  • Effectively decide when to contest at the breakdown which will result in turnover situations.

Key Coaching Factors

Concentrate on tackle technique

  • Head Position
  • Feet in Close
  • Points of Contact
  • Ring of Steel
  • Leg Drive
  • Finishing Position
  • Position according to attacking alignment focusing on
  • Shoulder alignment
  • Feet / hand positioning
  • Key Tackle Technique Points
  • Communication within defensive line
  • Introduce additional Pillars and Guards (A,B,C's) at ruck area.
  • Identify and decide when a ball is won/ lost and correct body positioning and requirements to turnover ball

Defence Under 12's

  • 15 a side
  • Full IRB Tackle Laws Apply.
  • Further improve on the key outcomes of U11s.

Key Outcomes - Under 12

By the end of U12s the player will be able to -

  • Successfully and safely complete front/ side/rear tackle technique
  • Understand their defensive roles and responsibilities from first, second and multiple phases.

Key Coaching

  • Concentrate on tackle technique.
  • Head Position
  • Feet in Close
  • Points of Contact
  • Ring of Steel
  • Leg Drive
  • Finishing Position
  • Continuation from U11s, except activities and roles are extended to focus on multiple situations of breakdown organisation and alignment, nomination, communication, tackle completion.
  • Win Collision with supporting player and counter-ruck beyond the ball to win space.

Utilise various techniques to turnover ball -

  • Judo Roll
  • Scissors
  • Smash / Wipe-out
  • Identify whether player 1 or 2 in tackle situation and successfully execute turnover
  • Ensure ball carrier finishes on back, resulting in their poor body position/ presentation and increased likelihood of turnover