Small Group Trainings
How do you train with only 6 participants?
With the possibility of training sessions being more firmly regulated with a maximum of six individuals able to meet up (as of the 14th of September 2020, QUK are researching if quidditch falls under the sports exemption), we thought we’d have a look at organising and planning training sessions for different configurations of 6 players.
We have attempted to keep the equipment for the groups to a minimum so there is potential of multiple separate groups to take a portion of a club’s equipment to run their own sessions. We have also only planned out sessions of about 2 hours in length, feel free to lengthen or shorten them as you see fit. You can find additional games/drills that we recommend in our article HERE, or at Back To Hoops HERE.
We recommend for the time being, once you have put together your groups, that you attempt to keep the same groups for each training to limit mixing between different people.
Finally, before we begin, as always, stay vigilant of the UK Government guidelines and current laws in your area as well as referring back to QUK’s guidance that you can find HERE.
Every training group needs to have a group leader, this can be a captain, coach or any player who has volunteered to take on the responsibility. The Group leader needs to be a responsible and motivated individual as they will be taking on 4 very important rolls:
Leading Drills– The group leader needs to be familiar with all the drills and games that the group are going to perform during the session. Perhaps hold a zoom meeting or closed session with the group leaders to go over the session plan. They need to keep the group motivated, focused and safe. Ensure that they run the warm ups and cool downs for the group. The leader doesn’t need to be the best player, just competent in demonstrating the drills, they can be a beater or a chaser.
Reporting back to the coaching team– The team’s coaching team may not be able to view all of their players due to the personnel restrictions. The group leader in this situation will be responsible for reporting back to the coaching team on the development of players in their group. This can be as little or as much information as the coaching team decides is necessary, but it is important so the session plans can be tailored for the needs of the players.
Sanitation and social distancing– The group leader will be responsible for sanitising equipment and policing the social distancing guidelines being followed by the group members. As a club, you should have your covid plan and ensure that all group leaders know how to follow and implement it. The club should ensure that all the group leaders have all sanitation and PPE they require to keep the training safe. For ideas on how to run a sanitised quidditch session, see our article HERE.
Basic first aid– The group leader needs to have at least basic emergency first aid knowledge. This includes being able to assess when an injury requires medical attention and when/where to get medical attention, to be able to assess the difference between a sprain/dislocation/broken bone and how to check for a concussion. Videos from St John Ambulance showing the basics can be found HERE. The group leader will have to be confident to assess a situation and when needed bar players from continuing to play for their own safety. We always recommend that where possible a trained first aider should attend all sessions.
EXAMPLE SESSION PLANS
Group of 4 Chasers and 2 beaters
This is our favourite configuration for groups. 4 chasers are enough to run most team drills, while 2 beaters have a variety of skills drills they can run. It also allows us to run different formations of 4v2s which are the closest we can figure out how to emulate a half-court game. Below we have a basic brake down of a suggested session plan for these players, if you want to see a breakdown of the drills for this plan find them HERE.
Group of 6 Chasers
Sometimes life deals you a dud hand and you don’t have any beaters… or maybe you want to do some chaser heavy training. We have a number of drills and games specific for chasers at a small group session. Below we have a basic break down of a suggested session plan for these players. If you want to see a breakdown of the drills for this plan find them HERE.
Group of 6 beaters
If you are lucky enough to have a full group of 6 beaters, we have a few drills and games that can put them all to work improving their skills. Below we have a basic break down of a suggested session plan for these players, if you want to see a breakdown of the drills for this plan find them HERE.
Group of 5 Chasers and 1 beater
Sometimes numbers and equipment can force some less standard configurations for your group. But have no fear, there are always drills and games available for all numbers. Below we have a basic break down of a suggested session plan for these players, if you want to see a breakdown of the drills for this plan find them HERE.