Dummy runs  
 

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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 the defense.

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 many variations.

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.

 

Count 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

 

 

Contact: rgaster@north-atlantic.com