A dummy ruin is simply a fake run,
pretending to make an attacking run as described above, but pulling up,
reversing direction, or changing to a different kind of run.
Good attackers make dummy runs all
the time. The start and stop, twist and turn, sneak away when the defense is
distracted – all aimed at creating a little space between the attacker and
These runs are critical. Attackers
can use any of the 5 types of runs we’ve already reviewed to create a dummy.
They can fake a flat run, then reverse and head for the outside; they can
pretend to make a diagonal run, then turn it into a flat urn. There are many
The point is to make a fake or
“dummy” run that engages the defender, then change course (or even reverse)
and make a real run. Some coaches call this making “One run for the defender
and one run for yourself.”
Top forwards make these runs
constantly, trying to move their defender into the wrong position. Timing
is key here: too early, and the defender can recover; too late, and the ball
goes to the wrong space.
how many dummy runs you make in the first half of your next game? Should be
equivalent to the number of times you touch the ball