EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Your 15 minutes of contact

We are itching to get back to contact. While there’s lots of fun and learning to be had around touch rugby, lots of players (and coaches) want to get physical.

In England, there is a 15-minute window in every training session where you can do this. One-on-one contact is permissible. The best sessions I’ve observed so far have used a carousel system. One group works on contact while the other focuses on handling before swapping around.

Here are four ideas to use when returning to contact. You can easily dial up the intensity and perhaps combine two of them in quick succession after a couple of training sessions.

Jackle-tastic from Ian Diddams is already a firm favourite with many coaches. It randomises the angles that players enter the tackle contest to win the ball.

Another favourite, this time of Tom Brocklebank, King of the ring develops tackling in a competitive, but low impact environment. An excellent follow-up exercise after going back-to-basics.

Stage D sessions: Combining TACKLE and RUCK is the third part of a series from Ged Hall. Using simple activities, Ged builds up your players’ contact awareness.

Finally, one of my sessions: Building a contact activity up to develop learning. I create random situations to challenge the players to make quick decisions while maintaining good techniques.

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