Equipment: Small Towel (or Toilet Paper), 1 football (optional), Cones or alternative (optional)
People: 2 +
Targeted skills: Change of directions, flag pull
Sport Rationale: In football, players must be able to flag a moving target as well as avoid getting flagged.
- [1/2] Form a 5m by 5m square with cones (shoes can replace cones)
- One person with 2 flags (Towel or 3 toilet paper squares) on their hips and a football in their hands is standing in the middle of the square
- The other person has 30 seconds to try to pull the flags while the ball carrier must try to keep their flags on within the perimeter
- [2/2] Within the same square, each participant puts flags on their hips.
- On “Go” participants attempt to remove each others’ flags
- Last participant with at least one flag remaining wins
Modifications: Bigger square for a greater challenge for defense. Change the length of time of the exercise.
Coaching Tips & Terms:
Eyes Focused on Target: Players eyes should be looking at the flag that they are trying to pull.
Burst: Tell athletes to focus on having a burst of speed to help avoid being flagged.
Dodge: Players should be moving not only forwards, but also laterally to avoid being flagged.
Coaching Tips: Make sure athletes are always moving and trying to dodge. Also make sure that when flagging, no incidental contact is happening.
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