Allowing Effective Individual Practice
And efficient use of players during full practice
For positioning drills, players need to see the placement of defenders. Cones are not realistic because they are too small; they don’t accurately simulate the space taken by real players, including the fact that real players block the view. Coaches without the right equipment will have a player stand in as a passive defender. This is effective for the attackers but a waste of time for the defenders. In cases like this, mannequins are the solution. Running this drill using actual players rather than mannequins is a waste of time for the defenders. But with mannequins in place, the players running the drill can experience the necessary heads-up, real-game player positioning that will truly develop game-awareness.