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The tackle

Tackling in a dangerous manner

All players are responsible for their actions when tackling a ball carrier and, as such, a tackler must NOT ‘tackle’ an opponent in a dangerous manner. Examples of dangerous ‘tackles’ include:


High contact -‘Tackling’ above the line of the shoulders, especially around the neck or head

In the air -‘Tackling’ a player whose feet are off the ground

Spear/tip tackle -Lifting a ball carrier (opponent) from the ground and dropping that player (tipping) or driving that player (spear) onto the ground so they land on their upper body, neck or head

Late (ball gone) -‘Tackling’ a player after a pass is made

Early -‘Tackling’ a player without the ball

Charging -‘Tackling’ a ball carrier without attempting to grasp that player using hands/arms