I coach boys ages 14-18, they have the skills and ability...but so often they play like scared kittens. How can I build fire and desire in my players? MORE
From cubs to jackals
Stealing the ball after a tackle – “jackling” as it is known – is best initially first taught unopposed. This game gets players used to feet and body positions while racing against another team.
A 20m square divided in half lengthways to form two channels so that two teams can play alongside each other.
Have three tackle tubes lying in formation as shown with a coned gate in front of each one. Behind every tube place a tackle shield.
A player (2) stands by the first tube in each channel with the Jackler (1) ready to go (picture 1).
On your call of “Go!”, 1 runs through the coned gate to the tube in front of him. He leans over the tube, picks up the shield and passes it to 2 (picture 2). He then steps over the tube, runs to the next gate and repeats while 2 puts the shield back down and runs after 1 (picture 3).
When the last shield has been placed back, 2 runs back to his team to start the next player while 1 runs back to take 2’s place.
- The winner is the first team to finish.
“Get a good base – don’t fall over the tube.”
“Work hard to get to the tube then stay low.”
• Jackling is now a key component of defensive training. This game allows players to look at the various aspects of stealing a ball without having to be concerned about other players.