Start with this simple tackling drill with no resistance to the tackle to get your players warmed up and used to contact.
Start with both teams on their own goal line.
Team with ball attempts to score
Defending team allowed 1 on 1 tackles.
When tackled, both players get to feet and ball carrier restarts game with free pass.
Knock on, forward pass, in touch all result in turnover ball and free pass
Change attacking team after each score.
In a grid an attacker is positioned on one end and a defender at the other end. Defender passes to the attacker who attempts to score against the defender within the grid.
Tracking hit (2 x 10 minutes in split groups) Set up 3 different colour cones on the gain line. 2m spacing (set up 3-4 areas with 2 pads) Defender starts in the middle cone. Attacker has a pad. On "GO" the Attacker with the pad runs straight to one of the 3 cones.The coach can shout a colour to direct the Attacker to a certain cone. The Attacker must run straight to it. This drill will test Defender's front on and side on tackles: left and right.
Player with ball walking in a straight direction, with the tackler walking in from the side. Introducing a bit of pace into the tackle.
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.
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Like many other international tournaments, we've had to wait a little longer for it to start but it's time to get excited for some big hitting!
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