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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.

OTHER WARM UPS THAT ARE GOOD FOR TACKLE CLINIC

ARMY ARMY

OBJECTIVE
Good for strength in arms and throughout core.
EQUIPMENT
None
GROUP SIZE
Individual
AREA
Small

ACTIVITY SET-UP
When the coach calls ARMY ARMY, players drop to the ground and pull themselves along using their forearms until coach calls run. Repeat.

KEY COACHING POINTS
Make sure the players are using their upper body strength and not their legs or feet.


FAST FEET & VARIATIONS

OBJECTIVE
Keeping the feet ‘alive’.
EQUIPMENT
None
GROUP SIZE
Individual
AREA
Small
ACTIVITY SET-UP
Get the players to run around in free space.

ACTIVITY EXPLANATION
Players keep feet close to ground and moving fast.
On the coaches calls, players must face the direction they indicate i.e. left or right, down (on stomach) or up (back to fast feet).

KEY COACHING POINTS
Make sure the players keep their ‘feet alive’.
React quickly to changes.


KNEE BOXING

OBJECTIVE
Keeping the feet ‘alive’.
EQUIPMENT
None
GROUP SIZE
In pairs
AREA
Small
ACTIVITY SET-UP
Pair up (best if players are similar size).

ACTIVITY EXPLANATION
In pairs, players try to touch their opponent’s knees (1 point) or foot (2 points). Keep low and on your toes.

KEY COACHING POINTS
Be in a tackle stance.
React quickly to opposition’s movements.


CHEEK TO CHEEK

OBJECTIVE
Warm up neck area.
EQUIPMENT
None
GROUP SIZE
In pairs
AREA
Small
ACTIVITY SET-UP
Pair up (best if players are similar size).

ACTIVITY EXPLANATION
Facing each other in pairs, one player puts their cheek on the standing player’s hip and tries to slightly move the player to the side. The standing player stays upright and strong, not pushing hips out. Swap cheeks and repeat x5.

KEY COACHING POINTS
Keep neck straight – don’t bend to move opposition.
Slow, considered movements needed.


BACK TO BACK

OBJECTIVE
Prepare upper body for the tackle.
EQUIPMENT
None
GROUP SIZE
In pairs
AREA
Small
ACTIVITY SET-UP
Pair up (best if players are similar size).

ACTIVITY EXPLANATION
In pairs, players must back to back and link arms, with knees bent and feet flat on the ground. If the coach calls LEFT, both players try to roll to the left. If the coach calls RIGHT, both players try to roll to the right.

KEY COACHING POINTS
Try to land on top.
Tighten the core.


PRONE ARM WRESTLE

OBJECTIVE
Prepare upper body and core for the tackle.
EQUIPMENT
None
GROUP SIZE
In pairs
AREA
Small
ACTIVITY SET-UP
Pair up (best if players are similar size).

ACTIVITY EXPLANATION
In pairs, players get into a press-up position. If the coach calls RIGHT, players hold each other’s right wrists and begin to wrestle, trying to unbalance each other. If LEFT is called, left wrists are grabbed.

KEY COACHING POINTS
Keep balance and tighten core.