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4 tackling tips for inexperienced players

Use these four quick, but useful, tips when coaching inexperienced players the art of tackling.

With a large group of players new to tackling, there are four approaches you can take.

  1. Use two experienced players to demonstrate tackle technique. Then pair players up and let them have a go, with you observing and helping when needed. This method gets players into the activity quickly and seeing the tackle demonstrated means they progress at a faster rate.
  2. Explain the technical points of the tackle then ask them to perform that technique. This is my least favoured method as it will involve a lot of talk and not much action and it can be difficult to explain certain aspects.
  3. Question the group on tackle technique. This is good to assess the knowledge and understanding the group has of the tackle. Many will have seen it on television and may have a good idea of what is involved. Again, it involves a lot of chat, when the group wants to get on with the action.
  4. Pair players up, tell them to find a space and take turns tackling each other. The benefit of this is: It’s straight into activity but there will be a vast range of techniques used by the group, some of which might be dangerous.

Tackling for the inexperienced

4 tackling tips for inexperienced players

In a 10m square, organise one attacker and two defenders – all experienced players. The attacker has to make it to the far side of the box while defenders try to tackle him.

As they demonstrate this to the group, you are pointing out the correct technical aspects, with an emphasis on safety regarding the head position, shoulder contact, arm grip and so on.

You may also want to stop the practice to show why the tackle was successful or not. You could finish by questioning the group to ensure they have understood.

Then split the group into threes and get them performing what they have just seen and learned.

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