Breaking down shell drill (Denial drills)
First of all to the coaches out there, in your opinion what is the best way to teach shell drill or basic team defense to start out? (U-12-U14 age group)
Before doing the typical 4 on 4 shell and teaching rotations, I want to break it down by doing a 1 pass away denial drill so they become more comfortable with it.
I find if I split them up and have to watch two groups they tend to not do it properly, where as if I just run a drill with 2 players at a time I can keep an eye on everyone. But that would mean 7 kids are waiting for their turn, but I feel the drill wouldn't be as messy that way and the ones watching could learn.
Does anybody know of any good denial drills that aren't flat out boring and don't force the kids to stand around waiting their turn? Is it even that bad to have some drills where they have to watch and wait their turn?