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Use this scenario to develop the players' awareness of defenders coming from different angles, while adjusting running lines to support the ball carrier. MORE
The front-on passive tackle can floor bigger opponents who’ve built up a head of steam. They’re likely to win the contact, so “soak up” their momentum by bringing them crashing down on your side.
Developing execution of the front-on passive tackle.
Don’t turn the head away from the tackle – keep the eyes open and focus on getting the head tight into the ball carrier’s hip.
Put two attackers at each corner of a 2m square box and a defender in the middle of the other end. The attackers pass the ball between each other. When you say “go”, the current ball carrier walks or jogs through the box.
The defender steps forward and makes a passive/soak-up front-on tackle so the carrier falls forward. Having two attackers means the defender will practise tackling with both his left and right shoulder.
Develop by adding another defender on one of the corners. Say “go” to start the 1 v 1 tackle as above. Then, a few seconds later, say “go” again. Now the two players not involved in the tackle come in to compete for the ball.