Get the basics right!

What is important? Get the basics right! I played in a team where:

  1. Everybody was very fit
  2. Everybody could catch & pass
  3. Everybody could tackle

We were champions three times in a row…. When you get the basics right, you have solved 80% of all the problems. Best example, the New Zealnd All Blacks.

So what are the basic according to the LTAD model

Step 1: Attack the space

Key elements for the Under 8 are:

  • Duel the direct opponent;
  • Recognize space in the field;
  • Go forward with the ball and dodge defenders;
  • Protect the ball and keep it alive on contact;
  • Help your ball carrier without being off-side;

Step 2: Support the player attacking the space

Key elements for the Under 8 are:

  • Support the ball carrier to go forward;
  • Keep the ball ‘alive’: I keep the ball – clear the ball;
  • The ball is released, positioning in Open Play begins;
  • If you’re not the ball carrier and not even near the ball, move into space, ready for the next attack (Work in 2 families);

“One minute to go”

Get the basics right… Is what the All Blacks do here very different then what we teach Under 8? (Except clearing out at the tackle perhaps…)

SuperCoach Online

All relevant exercises for Under 8 programs are included in the SuperCoach Online tool.