By adopting the right body shape and footwork, defenders can close down ball carriers and make stronger impacts. This exercise will help your players adjust so they can produce effective tackles. MORE
VIDEO: Technical warm up for tackling
Prepare for full-on tackling practice with this low impact, no-pads warm up. The players develop their footwork, their head position and grip in a dynamic environment. Plus, they get in lots of repetitions.
- Pair off.
- Have one player bouncing slightly from side-to-side, with their hands clasped in front of them (like they are holding a ball).
- Have the “tackler” about a metre away, in a slightly crouched position, lightly moving on their feet.
- When you say “go”, the tackler comes forward.
- They put their head into the side of the other player, and grab and lift that player off the ground, no more than a few inches.
- They put them down, and then return to their original position.
- This time on “go” they engage their head on the other side of the player.
- The more confident the players become, the more the non-tackling player can move from side-to-side, forcing the tackler to shift their feet further.
- Get close to the target.
- Eyes open, focusing on getting the head close to the side/thigh of the target.
- Bend at the knees, not in the back.
- Grip tight (ring of steel).
- Drive up.