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Pressure in the Pentagon

Focus
Skills under pressure, Decision Making.
Skills
Handballing.
Purpose
Players must practice making correct decisions under pressure. This drill makes players under-the-pump size-up which teammates are free, and dispose accurately to them without telegraphing their intention to the opposition.
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Groups of
7
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Ages
9+
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Balls/grp
1
cone
Cones
5
distance
Distance (max)
5m
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Opp. tops
2
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Visible opposition strip: 2
  • Setup

    Setup cones 5m apart in a pentagon shape per group of 7, each has a ball. Two opposition players (with bibs if available) start in the middle of the pentagon.
  • Step 1

    (A) starts with the ball and must handball to any of the 4 teammates on the cones. (B) and (C) attempt to tag (A) prior to disposal, or intercept the handball.
    The ball doesn't have to travel on the full, but the recipient must have a foot on the cone when receiving
    Teammates assist by shouting directions to the player with the ball
  • Step 2

    If (B) or (C) tag the player prior to disposal, or the handball misses the target via inaccuracy or interception, the player who turned the ball over exchanges places with the defender who caused it.
    If a player in the middle has 3 turns without causing a turnover, swap both defenders with the handballer and intended recipient.
  • Step 3

    Handballing players should:
    Release quickly before the opposition can close them down
    Telegraph their intention to handball in one direction, then handball elsewhere once a defender has committed to an intercept
    Be reactive enough to stop their handball mid-action if their intended target is covered
  • Step 4

    Defenders should:
    Remember the preferred hand of the handballer and cover the targets easiest to dispose to
    Work together to close down the space
  • Step 5

    For added difficulty, introduce this variation after a few rotation: Players must use their right hand when handballing to the 2 players to their left, and their left hand to the 2 players to their right.
  • Step 6

    Another variation is to move each cone 5m further out, and repeat the drill, this time with kicking.
    To keep the pentagon uniform, coach or defender stands in the absolute centre; players pickup cones and take 5 large steps directly away from this player
    Players must again remain on the cones at all times, so accurate kicking is critical.
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video
Groups of
group
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8
Ages
profile
13 +
Balls/grp
ball
1
Cones
cone
1
Distance (max)
distance
15m
Focus
Skills under pressure, Run & Carry.
Skills
Shepherd, Crumb.
demo
play
video
Players
group
16+
Ages
profile
11 +
Balls
ball
1+
Cones
cone
4
Distance (max)
distance
80m
Focus
Hard Running, Front & Square.
Skills
Handballing, Kick Long, Shepherd.
demo
play
video
Players
group
20+
Ages
profile
13 +
Balls
ball
6+
Cones
cone
6
Distance (max)
distance
160m
Focus
Hard Running, Front & Square, Forward line delivery, Goalkicking.
Skills
GoalKicking, Kicking, Handballing, Crumb.
play
video
Players
group
20+
Ages
profile
13 +
Balls
ball
2+
Cones
cone
6
Distance (max)
distance
80m
Focus
Forward line delivery, Gameplan/Strategy.
Skills
GoalKicking, Kick Long.
play
video
Players
group
24+
Ages
profile
15 +
Balls
ball
2
Cones
cone
8
Distance (max)
distance
160m
Focus
Skills under pressure, Front & Square, Decision Making, Run & Carry, Goalkicking, Gameplan/Strategy.
Skills
GoalKicking, Kicking.
play
video
Groups of
group
group-arrow
icon-group
3
Ages
profile
6 +
Balls/grp
ball
10
Cones
cone
0
Distance (max)
distance
5m
Focus
Stoppages.
Skills
Ruck, Crumb.
play
video
Players
group
16+
Ages
profile
6 +
Balls
ball
4
Cones
cone
4
Distance (max)
distance
100m
Focus
Skills under pressure, Goalkicking, Fun.
Skills
Kick Long, Crumb.
play
video
Groups of
group
group-arrow
icon-group
8
Ages
profile
9 +
Balls/grp
ball
1+
Cones
cone
4
Distance (max)
distance
70m
Focus
Skills under pressure.
Skills
Kicking, Tackle, Handball Quick, Crumb.
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