up a scrimmage in what we affectionately call the "pressure cooker". This
is a small field (really little more than 2 penalty areas) with full-sized
goals at each end. Play a "game" called Bang. This "game" is just like a
regular scrimmage, but with some important and drastic restrictions.
First, when a player receives a ball, they cannot carry it. They have to
shield the ball until they can pass it to a teammate. The only way to
advance the ball is to pass it.
Only 1 defender can challenge for the ball, and the only way the ball can
be won is to push the ball holder off the ball with a shoulder charge.
This really becomes a physical game.
Steal the Bacon
This is a good game to play at almost any age below U12. It is a simple 1
v 1 game where players are divided into two teams. Each player is given a
coach calls out a number (or sometimes two) and then throws a football into
the air that the players have to gain control of.
Since we are teaching aggressiveness and shoulder charging, use the same
restriction that we had above in BANG, i.e. no tackling. The player must
be relieved of the ball with a shoulder charge.
you have a meek player that never challenges, handicap the better player
by either restricting her run at the ball so the meeker player gets there
first or by playing the air ball closer to the meeker player so the more
aggressive player has further to run.
more physical contact drills and games