Get your players to tackle safely with either shoulder MORE
What are the new skills for U9s
The main new areas at under 9s are:
Attack: Simple decision making, to help players develop a pass before contact.
Handling after contact, because after the tackle, the next player must pass the ball.
- Clearance passes (passing from the ground)
- Tackle evasion
- Ball placement
Building tackling confidence
- Hold tackles (RFU rules)
- Full tackles
- Tackle on-sides (getting onside after the tackle is made)
Core skills from TAG rugby
Don’t forget to use sessions from the TAG years to work on these core skills
- Short passing
- Support of the ball carrier
- Running onto the pass
- Line of defence
Good activities to use
Every session should have some tackling practice in it.
Try using Shoulder tackling for 5 minutes every week, with players starting at walking pace in the first few weeks.
Then add in Grapple tackle.
And use a session starter of touch rugby to get the players used to the core principles of attack.
Then, try Best support options to get the players thinking about continuity and support.