Start with this simple tackling drill with no resistance to the tackle to get your players warmed up and used to contact.
For the tackler:
Good, low position.
Head up, chin off chest, tighten shoulders.
Shoulder to make contact with the other player's shorts.
Big hit and grasp around legs with both arms.
Drive with legs and force players to the ground.
Roll onto shoulder and get to feet before playing the ball
The player with the ball walks slowly in front of the other player.
As the ball carrier is walking the defender should time their move so that they in the correct position to tackle when the player is in front of them.
At this point the tackler should wrap their arms tightly around the other player's knees, position their head behind their bum and drive with their shoulder to bring the player to the ground.
Falling to their bum before rolling onto their shoulder, once on the floor the other player should place the ball above their head on the ground.
Starting with their backs to one another, two players stand 5 metres apart and run off in opposite directions along one side of the 20 metre grid.
At the corners of square each player cuts back into the grid and the player with the ball attempts to score by running with the ball into the far corner. The blue player's objective is to tackle them and prevent them from scoring.
Pass gets given to the attacker who has to run down the grid. When the tackle comes in the player with the ball has to present the ball.
Tackler has to get to feet quickly to get the ball and pass it back the the initial passer of the practice . Next two player go.
After each go the players swap sides.
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