INSPIRED, CONFIDENT & EFFECTIVE COACHING

Building blocks

Learning how to block tackle correctly will not only help your players’ chances of winning the ball back, but also ensure they don’t injure themselves or the player they’re tackling.

What this session is about

  1. Tackling opponents.
  2. Defending your goal from attack.

What to think about

  • Timing. For example, when an attacker has allowed the ball to run too far ahead.
  • Planting the non-tackling foot firmly.
  • Making contact with middle of ball, like a sidefoot pass.
  • Ensure body weight is behind tackling foot.
  • Keep the head down over ball.
  • If the ball becomes stuck then putting a foot under it to lift it away.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
5 minutes10 minutes25 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

What you get your players to do

Two players, using one ball, stand opposite each other with their tackling foot to the side of the ball, as in the top picture. Each player tries to force the ball away from his partner.

To progress, each player takes a step back from the ball and on your signal, steps into the tackle to try to win the ball.

Repeat, but this time the players take three steps back before challenging for the ball.

 

Each player tries to force the ball away from his partner using just the tackling foot.

Each player tries to force the ball away from his partner using just the tackling foot.


Development

Place a ball in the middle of an area for a 1v1 exercise. The drill starts with the players standing opposite each other, about three yards either side of the ball.

On your signal, the players walk into the tackle. Whoever wins the ball, moves it forward two steps from its original position and puts it down. The drill is then repeated. The first player to reach his opponent’s end line wins.

Bearing in mind each pair could be evenly matched, play for a maximum of two minutes. Players switch partners to play again after winning or after the time limit ends.

In a 1v1 challenge, the winner of the tackle moves the ball towards his opponent’s end line. The first to cross over wins.

In a 1v1 challenge, the winner of the tackle moves the ball towards his opponent’s end line. The first to cross over wins.


Game situation

Set up an area 20 yards square with two five-yardwide gates positioned on each side of the square, as in the bottom picture.

Two players in each team begin with a ball. The object of the game is for the players in possession to dribble through as many gates as possible in a two-minute period.

The players without the ball try to win possession from their opposition using a block tackle and then try to dribble through the gates.

The team which completes the most number of dribbles through gates wins (it is possible that one team could end up in possession of all four balls).

If a player successfully dribbles through a gate, he dribbles the ball back on to the playing area to continue playing, making sure not to re-enter the playing area through a gate.

Two of each team’s four players has a ball and tries to dribble through gates. Opponents try to win the ball.

Two of each team’s four players has a ball and tries to dribble through gates. Opponents try to win the ball.


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