A defender with a ball stands on one side of the area in the centre gate. An attacker stands opposite, also in the centre gate.
The defender passes the ball to the 1 attacker.
On receiving the ball, the attacker runs forward and tries to get through one of the gates either side of the defender without getting tagged.
At the same time, the defender comes forward to tag the attacker.
Play winner stays on – If a tag is made, the defender returns the tag and becomes the attacker, and a new player comes in as defender. If no tag is made, the attacker becomes the defender and a new player comes in as attacker.
What you say
“Get close to the ball carrier”
“Grab and remove the tag belt”
“Hold the tag above your head and shout “Tag!””
“Return the tag to the tagged player”
How many players do I need
You only need two players at a time, but It’s a dynamic game, so players can wait their turn, or run more than one game at once.
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If I were coaching tackling to kids for the first time, I wouldn't focus on low tackles. I think it's better to work on the choke tackle. It's safer and more effective.
As a professional rugby coach, people often say to me, “oh, but you've never coached an eleven-year-old before.” Well, a year and a half ago, before COVID, I not only coached my son’s U10s and U11s, but I coached the rest of the school’s A, B, and C teams, from U9s up to U12s. During this period, I taught them to choke tackle. MORE