Rugby NEEDS to bring back tackle for kids. Tackle is FUNDAMENTAL part of the sport & is MORE important then stepping or ball skills!
It teaches safety, confidence and SIGNIFICANTLY reduces fear! So then WHY would we not give it too our kids of today?
Because, rugby has got so bloody PC that we want them to play "tag" & justify it with "safety"!!!
Here's off the NZRU website for under 7's. What individual skills do I teach each grade?
- Running with ball
- Tap kick and pass
- Basic pass
- Receiving pass
- Ball familiarization
Actually, Ritchie Macaw is SHIT at swerving, passing & in my oponion "ball familarization" BUT, BUT, BUT! He is one of the MOST devasting people at ruck and maul time and in the tackle for getting the ball EVER that the game has ever seen! This is from a "workers/tackling" mindset not a swerve, pass/catch skill set!
Tell me the last time you saw a kid under 8 break his leg or neck from rugby or league?
Here's what I think, parents are inflicting fear into the kids about tackle in particular the mums, (there you go I said it!!). This is why we need more coaches like Marie who supports tackle!
If your a mum and don't want to see your little Tommy or Tammy get dirty then don't watch him/her play & DON'T pass on your fear to your kids, "oh be careful, they so much bigger then you"!
So what, Maaori or Island kids are bigger, the more reason tackle is so important!!
I love sport & BELIEVE every kid should do "something"! Ur thoughts?