Tackle / Intro to Tackle
Over the past 3 years the PAC Youth program has introduced a u13 / u15 tackle program to the tag players and graduating players. In 2013 we expect to expand our rugby program to include introduction to tackle for U13 + U15 and continue developing the skills of our U17 players.
This program is intended to augment the tag program or act as a continuation of a Spring rugby season. This program will be an introduction of the contact elements of rugby for new comers to the contact game, and a way to hone and develop skills for those coming off a spring rugby season. For those new to the contact elements, it is geared toward preparing them for high school or U19 club rugby as they age out of the tag rugby competition.
The contact practices will typically be once per week, with players being expected to participate in the Thursday non-contact practices as well. The ball handling, decision skills and game awareness development incorporated into the non-contact practices are directly applicable to the contact version of the sport.
In addition to the practice work, and small sided games, the goal each summer is to also incorporate a few live scrimmages against other u13, u15 and U17 tackle programs in the area. This year, 2013, we are working on a 4-5 game schedule with the possibility of participating in a 7′s tournament.
Please note all players MUST have a mouthpiece and be registered with USA Rugby for contact practice and games.