10 March 2018 Bologna: Level 3 Clinic

BrummieLloyd Cheesman


10:00 Introduction
10:20 Long term: Tactics & Team Culture
11:20 Medium term: Season Planning & Practice Planning
12:20 Short term: Drill design & Running a practice

Long term


Pick something that suits your strengths

Acknowledge your weaknesses and work hard to reduce them. Don’t just ignore them and hope that no-one notices…

The most important thing is TEAM BUY IN. If you all know that you want to play in a certain style, then agree it and stick to it. The classic mistake is when someone makes a mistake trying to play in the new style, then people complain and you end up going back to another style that you’ve already agreed isn’t working well for your team.

Further reading

We reviewed the teams we coach, assessing strengths and weaknesses, then considered how to tailor our offensive structure to maximise our strengths (and mitigate our weaknesses).

You might find that your solution looks nothing like typical offences like vertical, horizontal or side stacks… that’s perfectly ok!

Here are some examples of different offensive styles:

Side stack cutting: Engaging Defenders

Horizontal stack cutting: Canada, WUGC 2016 (1) / Fury, US Nationals 2016 (4)

Vertical stack handler movement: GOAT, US Nationals 2015

Examples of strengths and tactics to match them:

Medium term: Season Planning & Practice Planning

We ran an exercise to plan our season better, with a look at how and when to introduce different topics. We then threw a few curveballs at our coaches; could they quickly adapt their plans when faced with unexpected circumstances?

Short term: Drill Design & Running a Practice

Drill Design

Next we looked at shorter term details such as how to design drills that suit your offence, then running drills more effectively and how to review each practice and use feedback to improve future sessions. Not to mention the all-important SOTG coaching!