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Defensive Breakdown Decision Making - All with Dale Roberson

New contributor Queensland Reds Academy coach, Dale Robertson presents a series on what are the key Defensive Breakdown Decisions and game like activites for players to develop this skill. Filmed at the Youth Coaching Forum session at Brisbane's Nudgee College.

Part 1. Breakdown Decision making - Arrival time   5:07 Member content

Heads up view where the ball is and looking at the arriving player.

These are key Defensive Breakdown Decision Making actions that new contributor Queensland Reds Academy coach, Dale Robertson emphasises during his Youth Coaching Forum session at Brisbane’s Nudgee College.

Setting up game like scenarios for his players, Dale creates a contest for the ball so players can make effective breakdown decisions.

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Part 2. Breakdown Decision making - 3v3 5:15 Member content

Effectiveness of the tackle and arrival of the 2nd player. These are key Breakdown Decision Making triggers for players.

Queensland Reds Academy coach, Dale Robertson builds on his Breakdown Decision Making session Nudgee College’s Youth Coaching Forum to include multiple players.

Dale creates a situation for multiple players to make connected decisions for an effective breakdown result.

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Duration 25:00
Topics Breakdown
Applicable to Coaches   Youths, ands, highs, and schools  
Languages English

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Course reviews

Good drills, and perfect timing TRS, doing breakdown at the moment with Amstelveen RC Under 16. Arrival time is key. I am including pick & go options as well!


Great Drills. Trains decision making well at the breakdown

Great Britain & Northern Ireland

Great drills. Decision making in the breakdown areas is key, very important part of the game.

Arabian Gulf

Really like this drill! Awesome!

South Africa

Good couple of videos – like the details around arrival times linked to decision making. Good learnings


Great drill


Well done!


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