Description This session explains the scoring system for the game. The initial setup as explained in the Introduction session includes the first touch, touch 0. Initially, the objective is to score using the 4 touches to score 1 point. As the players get more proficient introduce a points system such that they get more points for scoring in less touches.
If the attackers can score before the next touch (touch 1) they get 10 points. The full points system is a s follows: Before Touch 1 => 10 points Before Touch 2 => 5 points Before Touch 3 => 3 points Before Touch 4 => 1 point
When Used This is used after the introduction to set a goal for both the attacking team and the defending team (stop the attackers from scoring).
Key Coaching Points 1. Impress that there is the balance between scoring at least some points and striving to achieve 10 points 2. Ask the players to set their own goals
Common Errors Attempting to score before touch 1 and therefore panicking and making fundamental errors like forward passes, late passes, dropped ball
Key Tips 1. Ask the players what is their objective 2. Lower expectations by asking them to scoring at least 1 point 3. To encourage the use of all the touches, CHANGE IT by awarding 1 point for scoring on any touch e.g. Touch 1 => 1 point.
Description Attacking players are always trying to create space. This involves the attacking player trying bring defenders together to minimise space in one part of the pitch to maximise space in another part of the pitch. This often involved preventing lateral movement of the defender. In the game of Beach Touch the ball will often be in the hands of the middle attacking player. To prevent the lateral movement of defenders, the middle attacking player with the ball needs to Hold the Defender. To prevent the lateral movement, the attacker should run with the ball in two hands, presenting the ball to the defender and running at the defenders inside shoulder. This is the one towards the middle of the pitch, between the two defenders.
This will help narrow the defensive space between the two defenders and increase the attacking space on the outside of the defenders. This will provide attacking options on the left and right to to the supporting attacking players.
When Used This is used in all phases of Beach Touch and Touch Games.
Key Coaching Points 1. Creating attacking space by decreasing space elsewhere on the pitch. 2. Prevent lateral movement of the defender 3. Run at the defenders shoulder to Hold the Defender 4. Run with the ball in two hands and present the ball to the defender.
Common Errors 1. Running sideways, towards the defenders outside shoulder, allowing one defender to defend two attackers. This then leaves one attacker against one defender. 2. Not carrying the ball in two hands 3. Not presenting the ball to the defender.
Key Tips 1. Emphasise running more direct lines down the pitch. 2. Support players maintain width 3. Attacking player aim at inside shoulder 4. Attacker should always be looking to engage multiple defenders
Description At the start of this game the ball starts with the middle player. As soon as one team gains possession, think about attack. This means from the very first touch start looking to manipulate defenders. The objective in a full game of touch is to engage multiple defenders where possible. At the start, the middle player should move one of the defenders to one side to help open up space on the other side of the pitch. Players should be familiar with the terms “kicking in” and “kicking out” whereby the attacker runs at the defender and kicks (steps) to one side of the defender with the objective of engaging more than one defender. Once the defender has been moved to one side the next runner and wrapper will provide an attacking opportunity on one or both sides of the pitch.
When Used Used at the start of the game to initially move the defenders laterally. Players can also use this when recommencing play.
Key Coaching Points 1. Engage the defender, make them commit to the touch. 2. Attacking roll ball should played at the side of the defender. 3. In a full game of touch any sideways running will allow the defender to hand off the attacker to the next defender. If this occurs, the attacker has not manipulated or engaged the defender.
Common Errors 1. Not engaging the defender. 2. Performing the roll ball in front of the defender instead of the side of the defender. 3. Not performing a correct roll ball. 4. Not having a dummy half.
Key Tips 1. Run at the defender, kick out. 2. Carrying the ball in two hands 3. Present the ball to the defender 4. Transfer the ball to the correct hand, furtherest from the defender. 5. Attacker should always be looking to engage multiple defenders
Description It is important that the ball carrier has as many options as possible. That means having as many players onside so the ball carrier can pass the ball to any player. There are two ways to do this, firstly the ball carrier moving forward to put players onside, secondly the player who passed the ball retreating to put themselves in a position to receive the ball.
The second situation typically happens when a player is touched, performs the roll ball and then steps to one side and backwards to get on side. They will also do this when they pass the ball, though if the person receiving the ball moves forward this may not be necessary to step backwards as the other player’s forward movement will put the player onside.
When Used This is used in all phases of Beach Touch and Touch games, especially when the ball is passed or a player performs a roll ball.
Key Coaching Points 1. Correct roll ball technique is required to efficiently get onside. 2. As soon as the ball is passed , the passer should support the player who now has the ball. 3. Always expect the ball 4. Carrying the ball correctly will allow for quick hands.
Common Errors 1. Becoming a ball watcher after passing the ball rather than maintaining focus to support the ball carrier. 2. The ball carrier not moving forward down the pitch to put players onside. 3. Incorrect roll ball when in an attacking position.
Key Tips 1. Emphasise, the player’s job is not finished when the ball is passed. 2. Defenders have to make decisions about all support players. If you are in front of the ball carrier you are not a threat to the defence. 3. Always expect the ball.
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