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TACKLE WARM UP ACTIVITY

BEAR HUG TAKEDOWN

 

OBJECTIVE Good for tension in the arms and head to the side.

EQUIPMENT None

GROUP SIZE In pairs

AREA Small

ACTIVITY SET-UP Pair up (best if players are similar size) and start on your knees.

ACTIVITY EXPLANATION

  1. Come together in bear hug position, with arms around each other.
  2. Both players try to get each other down to the ground on the left by wrestling – to the left, then to right
  3. Make this into competition i.e. best of 5.

KEY COACHING POINTS

  • Player who gets the other player down should have their head on top of the body, so it is safe.
  • When going to ground – keep arms in (don’t put a hand down as this develops bad habits).

 

CATCHER

 

OBJECTIVE Good for strength in arms and throughout core.

EQUIPMENT None

GROUP SIZE In pairs

AREA Small

ACTIVITY SET-UP Pair up (best if players are similar size).

ACTIVITY EXPLANATION

  1. Start by facing each other in pairs.
  2. Arms up in prayer position fists clenched.
  3. Make into competition i.e. best of 5.

KEY COACHING POINTS

  • On “go” the nominated player tries to drop to their knees; the other player tries to hold them up without grabbing clothing.
  • Punch arms around and squeeze to prevent them getting to their knees.
  • Make this into a competition – 1 point if they get to ground, 1 point if they stop them getting to the ground.
  • Swap around each time so that each player alternatively gets a turn to drop to the ground.