Young players are often wary when it comes to taking contact, either with the ground or when on their feet. Use these exercises to boost their contact confidence and ability to manoeuvre their body. MORE
Bump up the volume: Contact confidence activities for new and experienced players
After another crunching weekend of Six Nations rugby, and with the Super Rugby providing all the usual thrills and spills, your players will be keen to get back into action. You might also find you are welcoming some new players into training too.
So, here’s a range of activities to help them become more confident in contact.
Let’s start with an activity I trialled with an older team first, before passing it onto younger players. Playing the stuntman focuses on contact with the ground, with fun ways to get the players active quickly.
How low should you go? Tackle techniques and activities will develop players’ confidence to tackle low, and so discover that tackling isn’t quite as bad as it seems. This is a low impact training exercise ideal for younger players.
Sitting ducks is another low impact tackling exercise. While the emphasis is on the defence, it’s also very good for ball carriers and the way they deal with contact.
Finally, for a fun and engaging pre-contact warm up, try out the activities in Develop contact confidence in young rugby players. Some will be familiar, others might give you a new slant to consider.