Match-time tackling can be 1 v 1, but often it’s a team effort, especially for younger players. Use this simple activity to build confidence, communication and tackle technique. MORE
Box bumps tackling
Encourage good head position and leg drive in this fun exercise in tackling. It’s low impact and ideal for building confidence with your players.
If a player can drive another player sideways, they’ll have probably got their foot position correct and their shoulder engaged into the flank of the ball carrier. If they can keep their eyes open, they should have their heads behind the ball carrier too.
- Put a tackler in the middle of the box and four ball carriers inside the edge of the box.
- The ball carriers walk around the edge of the box.
- The tackler aims to bump them out of the box with a proper grip around the legs, hips or lower body.
- Once each one is bumped, he stays out of the box.
- After the ball carrier is bumped out, the defender then moves to the next ball carrier.
- Once all the players are bumped, the tackler swaps with a ball carrier and it’s repeated.
- Then, put a tackler in the middle of the new box.
- Ball carriers split into two lines at one end of the box.
- They come forward alternately once the tackler is back in the middle.
- The tackler tackle-bumps the ball carriers out of the box. See how many he can complete in 30 seconds.
- Engage the shoulder into the side of the ball carrier.
- Put the head tight but behind the ball carrier.