Tacklers need to feel confident that the right technique works. This is more difficult when they are practising with static targets. Part of the reason why a ball carrier goes to ground is that they are unbalanced, and so it's much easier to bring a moving player down to the ground. MORE
Use this activity to develop tackle recovery.
- Place a defender in the middle of one end of a box and two ball carriers at the opposite corners. The first carrier runs diagonally across towards the other corner (picture box 1).
- The defender tackles him (picture box 2).
- The defender then gets to his feet, grabs the ball and throws it behind him (picture box 3).
- He returns to his starting point, at which point the next carrier comes forward. While he does so, the first carrier retrieves his ball and returns to his starting point (picture box 4).
- Repeat, for a set number of repetitions or time limit. Set up multiple exercises to work all the players.
- As a development, use medicine balls so the tackler has to work even harder on picking up the ball and throwing it behind them.