Games are integral to all warm ups, players respond when active and engaged. Use progressions and only spend a few minutes on each activity
A multi-stage bag drill that gets players ready for an intense contact session.
A fun but competitive warm-up game that get's players switched on and ready to train.
See how the Gloucester academy manager prepares his squad prior to an academy fixture. The warm up includes lots of games, stretching and unit skills with a gradual increase in intensity
A rugby ready style warm up with games and handling as they focus prior to moving on to more technical skills. The game centres around the teams trying to make 10 passes
Ben Mann from Northampton saints delivers a simple warm up that includes lots of movement and dynamic activities to increase blood flow in preparation for the main training session. Coaches can use lots of similar practises to keep children moving and engaged
A game of touch in a shortened pitch to keep the game moving quicker and keep all players active. Split players into separate games to ensure everyone is involved. Coaches are free to call turnovers and add any conditions to make it more dynamic.
The warm-up is an essential part of training and match preparation. Here's an example from Harlequins Academy on how to prepare for a handling session.
Add a competitive element to your warm ups to engage your players and mentally prepare them for the session.
Using games with a purpose is great preparation for the session
Develop decision-making skills in attack. 3 attackers must beat 2 defenders, before facing a third immediately after.
Developing core skills for agility and ball carrying
Warm up with individual ownership