With England players at a loss recently as to "What to do" it is important that coaches integrate "Problem solving" into their sessions. This game really challenges the players and is great for warm ups or breaking up a session with something different
England Italy match last week threw up some contentious issues around the laws one of the biggest challenges for the England players was about problem solving and problem solving on the hoof. So here's a great exercise that challenges you players to problem solve. They don't have much time. So they've got to react quickly. They got to work in groups. They got to work in teams are going to work in units you guys can go anywhere you want to but if you're standing on a cone he can't step on it. I saw someone doing it with chairs and it's a little bit like, you know, almost like a Christmas game that people did with chairs. And so I thought we can bring this into the picture. And so so yeah, so we the cones get distres out and someone's gotta get to a cone and then it's about communicating. It's about actually what you're saying because it's really short time period so okay guys, no contact. No contact go. Come on yolk. So warm up. Okay. Good Yogi back over. Okay guys, you got to Only seconds they've got to problem-solve. They've got to work it out work the solution now what's best what works for them? Just an observation guys. I've not seen you move from that Konya. So from a bit of a teamwork perspective, you've got guys you got one guy here who doesn't seem to be doing much work multiple. Let's go Paul Super Bowl it hold it. Hold it go back. Okay guys. So fellas, why did that work? Why did it work communication? Because phaser move number one better comes so much. Why are we doing this movements of the guy trying to get the cone movement agility communication and defense. So if someone next to you moves you have to do what move with him. I quite like your thought of what so what's it? What's the theory behind standing between cones between two on you? Yeah, and I quite like that theory let's play around with it. What's your very easy to do? Just watch just watch it's a little bit like I'm just watching the ball in the game rather than actually I'm scanning. I'm going to see what's what actually do you need to start thinking about my gaps? Yeah, Gap specialized what's going to happen next? So, where's he going to go if he goes there? Where's he going to go? What's Rory strength? What his strengths are same as a game who let's go for damn me to go. Enjoy. I like the solution. I've never seen it before. I really know you're still going. So get your players thinking get them problem solving and problem solving on the hoof in a chaotic environment. That's how they're going to learn and adapt during scenarios that occur during a match.
Academy coaches use conditioned games with strict rules around the tackle / touch activity to teach the skills required for contact and clearing defenders away. Questioning is used as the main style of coaching
We can all take things too seriously at times and need reminding why we take part in sport. It is not only the community game that keeps fun at the centre of things, the pro's do as well. This clip shows a simple fun game to use at the start of sessions
The coach reinforces his use off games so his players learn techniques in a competitive and enjoyable environment. Breakout drills are used to correct technique with questioning a key component of learning