When I say go you pass the ball underneath as you go through as quick as you can Ready Go pass no, no go go nice tackle. All right fellas. We've got hands going out. So let's make sure we keep when you get tackled when you get tackled boys. You must keep your arms tight. Okay, go go through you go through you go arms in back. Brilliant. Well done. Excellent go. That's a great tackle. Well done guys up. We get really good.
Keep your players on their toes with this quick-fire 1v1 tackling exercise. Start with bags then progress to live tackles. Defending players have an obstacle to negotiate before performing the tackle, just as they may have in a game.
Developing confidence in and around the tackle is very important when starting to teach tackle techniques. This clip provides a few ideas that you could use in your sessions
Coaching the correct head position for tackling is one of the most important skills for a coach, this clip shows a few examples that can be used with progressions
Introducing tackle technique to players is a challenging process and the Wasps coaches ensure the players understand and are competent at each step prior to progressing to the next one
Some insight into how the NSW coaches approach coaching the tackle. This clip provides some tips on "How to coach" and some practical examples
This clip shows a whole session including progressions on the actions of the tackler during the tackle and after the tackle. An excellent contact session delivered by the Sale Sharks Community coaches.
Sale Sharks Community Coach Darren Lemon takes a youth session on effective breakdown technique, including essential safety pointers. Join now to see the full session and many others.
Finally introduce live 1 v 1 tackling in a controlled environment using a channel. Standards will vary but as coaches it is important to praise all of the players. Doing this exercise too early may cause problems and refrain from doing so until the fundamental skills have mastered
Use a channel with attackers and defenders to progress the tackle technique, mix the players up so they all have opportunities. Reinforce the coaching points and give praise regularly
Making sure that defenders put their head on the correct side is the most important aspect of tackling, coaches can improve confidence by using contact shields and surprise tactics to help train players improve their technique
The first step in this session on improving tackle technique, is focused on foot position and getting a strong base close to the target.
This step concentrates on achieving a lower body position before making a tackle.
This stage looks at tackler maintaining a square body position and following their feet to drive through.
Players should have their hands up ready, so they can wrap around when making a tackle.
Double-tackles are useful against a team who like to offload. Leg drive can put them on the back-foot.
As the tackler wraps his arms, they should try to grip on to execute a more secure tackle.
Start with the players kneeling, explain the cheek to cheek technique and ensure each player is competent, you can then add some competition and fun by adding some conditions
This exercise asks players to attack from the front while still on their knees. It is important than the tackler pushers his shoulder through onto the outside hip of the attacker with the head staying outside as well. 1. Shoulder. 2 Arms tight 3. Drive