EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

U10+

Choke tackles before low tackles for new tacklers

in Defence, U10+

If I were coaching tackling to kids for the first time, I wouldn't focus on low tackles. I think it's better to work on the choke tackle. It's safer and more effective. As a professional rugby coach, people often say to me, “oh, but you've never coached an eleven-year-old before.” Well, a year and a half ago, before COVID, I not only coached my son’s U10s and U11s, but I coached the rest of the school’s A, B, and C teams, from U9s up to U12s. During this period, I taught them to choke tackle. MORE

Dens

in Small-sided games, U10+

This is an adaptation of a game I use in school. It’s great as a warm-up or as a game to encourage and support creativity before moving towards a more rugby-specific game. It encourages and challenges evasion skills, spatial awareness, communication, as well as passing, kicking and catching. MORE

“Raiders” game

in Small-sided games, U10+

In this fast-paced game, teams have to retain possession in a small area and then try to raid the opposition box. It will develop communication, footwork, defence and passing skills. MORE

Play what’s in front of you

in Attack, Defence, Rugby drills, U10+

Playing what is in front of you is a tough skill to master, even for the most experienced players. These simple activities will challenge the players to pass, support and communicate quickly. By Dan Cottrell ACTIVITY ŒTwo defenders run into the box and run to the cone you indicate A feeder waits by the side... MORE

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