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Fun tackling games: the circle and bull pups

Here are two easy tackling games to set up with five to six players.  Use these two games to isolate a technical aspect of the tackle, like footwork or shoulder contact. Or they can be a fun way to work on full tackling.

The circle

  1. The tackler stands in the middle of a group of five players, receiving a pass and passing onto the next player in the circle
  2. When you shout “go”, the current ball carrier aims to get to the other side of the circle. Use cones as targets for the ball carrier to reach.
  3. Repeat with the tackler recovering their feet and passing the ball to the next player in the circle

Bull pups

  1. Put a defender at one end of the box and four attackers at the other end
  2. On your signal the attackers run forward, aiming to run to the other side. The defender targets one player and aims to tackle them
  3. The attackers must come forward within three seconds of the call to “go”
  4. If successfully tackled (or forced out to the sides), this attacker now joins the other defender
  5. Repeat until there is only one attacker left

 

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