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Tackling progression plan to improve confidence in tackles

I need to put together a progressive tackling session for an U16 girls 10-a-side team, who are tackling at an U14s boys level. They have done a tonne of basic technique but cant deliver the agression come game time. I need to help them building confidence and technique.Thanks, Coach from Australia.

Hi Raphael,

The main stumbling block with developing timid tacklers is we coaches fail to make it fun when training tackling. Particularly when working with kids, it's vital to take away their nervousness and substitute it with some fun. 

Try this drill and build it into your sessions to build some of the aggression into their tackles. This isn't instead of technique training, its to supplement that - technique is obviously vital - yet this just encourages more physicality and gets them used to being in the tackling situation.

There are plenty of other drills in the tackling section to take a look at and incorporate into your sessions!

I hope this helps!

Confidence in the tackle

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  • Groups of 3.
  • Progression.

1. Wrestling 

Players link up, one arm under & one arm over each shoulder. 

Players then pick a side to wrestle to, then give a count down and fight to force opposition on the side they chose to wrestle to.

2. Tackle on Knees 

Each player takes turns to complete tackles on there knees. 

3. You can make this fun and competitive by counting how many tackles a player completes in a certain amount of time.

Coaching Points:

1. Wrestling

Player must fall on their sholder - make sure they DO NOT put arms out to break fall - this is dangerous.  

2. Tackle on Knees

Cheek to Cheek (Head Position) 

Ring of Steel - tight grip around the tackle. 

Arms into body. 

3. Competition

Keeps technique while increasing temp. 

Play “tackle touch” to build confidence. Touch is made have both players lying down head to head. Attacking player gets up tackled by defender as they get up. Attacker then plays the ball normal touch rules apply until the next touch is made. The speed is removed from the collision so it builds confidence. As it is a game players really enjoy it. Works well as the whole section of a whole part whole session plan. 

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