Use this session to get your players tackling in a competitive environment. Quick to set up, it’s part of our back pocket favourites, activities you can use to re-energise your session.
This game really gets the team spirit and competition juices flowing and can bring out a number of coachable points, or just be played for fun to re-energise the session. It can really help develop decision making, the need to compete for the ball, defend under pressure and develop evasive play.
Position players on opposite sides of the channel, in numbered pairs, facing each other on their fronts (or facing away from the channel if it’s wet).
Punt, throw or roll a ball into the channel and at the same time call a number of one of the pairs.
They get to their feet quickly and race to compete for the ball.
The player that wins the ball must then turn and look to score a try back on the try line.
They might have to wrestle or rip the ball before carrying on.
One point for a try and one point if the defensive player stops the attack by tackling the attacker, or drives him into touch.
Get to the feet fast – driving the hips from the ground to bring both feet up and under the body – like standing from a “burpee”.
Positioning so as to push the attacker across to one touchline.
Here’s a 30 minute upskill booster for either senior or junior players. It’s aimed to fit into your whole session. You’ve got 90 minutes at training. The first 10-15 minutes will be your warm-up. At the end, you will playing a game, plus add in some set-piece work. That leaves you with 30 minutes to... MORE
Help players practise the risk and reward elements of attempting to turnover the ball in the tackle area. It starts with good tackling and then decisions on whether to compete for the ball.
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Improve tackling by teaching players to make more shoulder contacts. Rolled up socks reduce the players’ inclination to grab in the tackle.
Impact with the shoulder helps players make a stronger contact, but also be in safe position to complete the tackle. Rolled up socks are easier for players of all sizes. Rolled up bibs work equally well. MORE