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Through-Run Game

 

DRILL OBJECTIVE(S) TRAIN PLAYERS TO INTERCHANGE POSITIONS AND LINES
PLAYERS 14+ PLAYERS
SPACE HALF FIELD
EQUIPMENT 5+ BALLS

EXPLANATION:

  • Teams play directional 7 vs 7 (or can adjust numbers) on half field.
  • Regular game play. Only condition is that after each pass that a player makes, he must make a dynamic vertical run.
  • The exception to this is when the team is already in the attacking end. In this area, after an attacking player has made a pass, he should run through towards the direction of the goal. 

COACHING POINTS:

  • After making the pass, player must immediately make a dynamic, aggressive vertical run. This initial movement should create other off-ball movement.
  • Team with possession should look to re-create balance with their positioning on the field. For example, see diagram - after X1 passes, he runs through to the inside, and X2 reacts to move back to the area that X1 vacated. Off-ball awareness and communication (verbal/non-verbal) is critical. 

EVALUATION:

  • The “through-run” condition of this drill should create a significant amount of interchange between lines on the field.
  • With each pass in a game, all attacking and defending players should be re-evaluating and re-adjusting positions. This is often more natural for the defensive group, as they are more “reactive”, but this initial “through-run” movement should trigger other team movements and interchanges. 

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