The following are two- and three- player tactics that can be used at a moment’s notice with a simple call. They are effective on their own, but are also the building blocks of more complicated plays and all players should be aware of them. When used, they will either exploit an opportunity or draw attention from defenders, creating space for a team mate.

 

Unders

  • Receiver runs straight, makes sudden and sharp move for space behind the inside defender
  • Passer runs a straight line to the outside shoulder of the defender, makes a late pass
  • Move’s success is enhanced if receiver starts wider, opening gap in between defenders

Move - Unders

Overs

  • Receiver runs straight, makes sudden and sharp move for space behind outside defender
  • Passer runs a straight line to the outside shoulder of the defender, makes a long pass into gap
  • Move’s success is enhanced if third attacker aligns wider, opening gap for receiver

Move - Overs

Miss Pass

  • First and second receiver hold straight lines to fix defenders
  • Third attacker aims for gap, getting ahead of second receiver
  • Passer throws flat pass in front of receiver
  • Receiver should be ready for a quick transfer as defenders close down; inside outside teammates must get into supporting positions

Move - Miss Pass

Inside Pass

  • Ball carrier runs a line that draws attention of inside defender, makes flat pop pass inside
  • Receiver runs off the back of the pushing defender, increasing likelihood of avoiding inside defenders

Move - Inside Ball

Switch

  • Move best done in space, avoiding congested defenders close to the ruck
  • Ball carrier makes a move to draw the attention of the next defender out and turn / pull own defender out
  • Receiver changes direction to exploit the created space, calling for a short pop pass as the two players look at each other

Move - Switch

Loop

  • First receiver keeps a straight line and almost immediately passes to second receiver
  • Second receiver runs slightly inwards to fix / pull inside own defender
  • First receiver runs behind the second, aiming for the space between two outer defenders
  • Pass from second receiver can be made on the inside, as first receiver is starting to loop, or after looping around
  • After getting the ball back, first receiver must assess what third defender is doing to either hold and go or pass

Move - Loop

Second Man

  • One way of combining two attacking angles; player in front runs an unders line first, player behind runs an overs line afterwards
  • The decoy player makes a sudden and sharp run for the gap between defenders to draw their attention
  • The receiver holds depth and runs behind decoy runner, aiming for the space created
  • Passer must pass in front of receiver to lead into the gap (should use short ball to ‘decoy runner’ if defence has read the move)

Move - Second Man

  • This move also works in reverse, with the player in front making an overs line and the player behind running straight