This is a basic drill to practice the Near Hand Tackle technique in a controlled situation


  • Divide the group into pairs
  • Mark out a channel approximately 5 metres wide using cones
  • Each pair walk side by side through the channel with Player A attempting to step across and execute the near hand tackle on an imaginary ball
  • Change roles after a number of attempts

STEP Variation

Equipment - As soon as the component elements have been practiced introduce a ball. The player in possession should toe tap or bounce the ball on every stride to afford the tackling player a number of chances to practice the tackle

Task - Increase the pace gradually beginning with a jog as the players become more competent.