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I like to have our centers get into a group of three and begin with two players on one side with the other player about 8 meters away. At the end where there are two players one will begin as the center and one will begin as the center defender. On the whistle the center and center defender begin to push against each other. The goal is to control that imaginary line of scrimmage. Let the players battle for 12-15 seconds and then blow the whistle which signals the center to swim towards the third player who has been positioned 8 meters away. When the center arrives he will go immediately to the center defender position and engage the center. Both players will push for 12 – 15 seconds once again fighting to control the line of scrimmage. On the whistle the new center swims to the other end and becomes center defender and you go again. Each player will play the offensive center position 5 times and then you take a break. Also have the player who is alone at the one end to eggbeater with his/her hands above his/her head while they wait for their turn. Done with high intensity this is a great drill which will mimic the work that is needed in the game. The drill can also be switched up so that the player that just played center defender swims and becomes center at the other end. My recommendation would be to keep the groups relatively close together (about 8 meters) so that they are spending too much time swimming. By keeping the swimming down a little you will be able to maintain a higher intensity in the drill. This is one of my favorites and it will prepare your centers for the game.


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