Stage D contact training TACKLE activity ideas

Here are some activities to support your stage D tackling training. Using small groups, they look at rebuilding tackling skills in a low impact environment and developing a game-related understanding at the same time.

Before you start, remember the Stage D regulations:

  • All contact activity cannot exceed 15 minutes per session.
  • No more than six players in each group.
  • Rucks: Ball carrier, tackler, plus one player from attack and defence. No team play activity.
  • Lineouts: Unopposed, lifting, throwing, keep lifter and front catching contact to less than three seconds in the setup.
  • NO mauls or scrums.
  • Tackling: Waist height and below. 1 v 1, ideally only working in pairs. No team play. No tackling to prevent offloads.
  • Tackle bags and pads: Cleaned and sanitised after use. No shared between groups unless this is done.

Also, we are gradually returning to contact.

Use a proper warm-up and keep the intensity low.

Box bumps tackling

An excellent small group activity to work on leg drive, good technique with a little bit of competition. You can easily change the parameters to add more pressure.

VIDEO: Boxer tackles to build better tackle technique

Time to return to technique. These four exercises help players build up technically good footwork and shoulder impact in a slightly variable environment. A good pre-tackle exercise.

Tackle and recover

The ability to complete a tackle means that the player needs to “bounce” back into the game to maintain pressure on the opposition. This activity reminds players of the game-relatedness of tackling as part of defence.

VIDEO: Tackle tube race

A good warm-up activity and one to get the tackle tubes back in action, use this activity to get the heart rate pumping.

VIDEO: Tackle, jackle, roll

A bit more physical than the other exercises, and with a mind on the tougher application of the laws around the breakdown, this exercise creates a contest over the ball. A good chance for the players to referee this area for themselves too.

Tackling memory jogger

Finally, good for younger players and more experienced players alike, this tackle exercise keeps the tackle impact low while focusing on good technique.

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