Don’t teach falling over. Teach the players to bounce themselves and therefore the ball off the ground and back into the game. It reduces the fear of falling by making the players embrace the ground as part of a skill for continuity. MORE
Come back through the gate
U10 | CONTACT 8
Ensure your players enter the tackle contest legally square, arriving in a good position to win the ball
- Use cones to set up a 2m box and put a line of three cones on either side about 4m away. Label the side cones A, B and C. Put a ruck pad inside the 2m box, and position a ruck pad holder just behind the box.
- Have a line of players behind the side cones, with the front players on their knees.
- Call out a player to come forward and to which cone. He gets up, touches that cone and then turns towards the box.
- The player then squares up to go through the front of the box (the tackle gate) and then goes over the ruck pad as the ruck pad holder comes forward to offer some resistance.
- The player must enter the box in a low, driving position to hit the ruck pad holder.
- Develop by making it a race for the space over the ruck pad. Have another column of cones behind the ruck pad, take away the ruck pad holder. Four sets of players now line up and you shout which two players to come forward to compete for the ball.
You will need
- A 2m square box a line of three cones spaced 1.5m apart to each side
- 2 ruck pads
Got more players?
You can line up lots of players behind each line of cones and keep the activity fast and furious, or set up another playing area alongside.
What to tell your players
“Face the hips up the pitch at the gate”
“Go low just before the gate”