The key to good tackling is how players get into position. They start working on this at a very young age in Australia. This is called tracking and is done before any contact is made. MORE
Tackle then attack
Replicate the intensity of the game and improve player awareness even through tackle fatigue. This activity develops decision-making skills straight after contact.
- Begin with 5 tacklers on their belly
- They tackle the pads or tubes in front of them
- They then get to their feet and continue to the end of the first box, fall belly on ground and repeat for 5 tackles in all
- When they’ve completed the tackles, one of the other players throws the active players a ball.
- It becomes a 5 v 2.
HOW TO DO IT
- Split into three groups of five, one group on the first line belly on ground, the second group holding the tackle bags, the third group ready to throw the balls into the box and act as two defenders.
- Rotate the groups after each go.
- Starts first tackle group who must complete a tackle, make it to second set of cones, again have their belly on ground facing tackle bags and control their movement by themselves.
- They complete five tackles on each bag. This group will then receive a pass (in the air or along the ground). It now becomes a 5 v 2.
- Tackle technique – shoulders on contact
- Discipline as a group – all belly’s on ground, making the line
- Players understanding to run toFaceand exploit Space during the last section
- Good opportunity to praise
- Increase number of defenders
- Attack with width in last section to again use team policies
- The activity gives a coach great opportunity to allow the group to control the activity.
- Individual feedback can be given as there is time between each groups transition.
- After three repetitions, there will be a high fatigue rate.