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CoacHclass Top Tips XII

Our latest Top Tip focuses on Taking The Ball Into Contact

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Taking The Ball Into Contact

What would happen if you took the ball head on in to the Tigers' Lair? How do players such as Joe Worsley, Phil Vickery and Josh Lewsey ensure London Wasps keep possession of the ball in contact?

In a week that saw the England team not only beaten by the Springboks but also out-muscled in the contact area, we take a look at the associated core techniques and understanding involved in Taking the ball into Contact. These techniques are a big part of the CoacHclass intinerary that will be coached at our Summer CoacHclasses

All techniques are coached with the emphasis that we place on the Principles Of Play:

  • Gain Possession
  • Go Forward
  • Support
  • Continuity
  • Pressure
  • Points
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  • To engage the opposition
  • To maintain possession
  • To give teammates time and opportunity to support

Key Factors:

  • Focus on the contact zone of the opponent
  • Chin off chest, eyes open
  • Ball in two hands
  • Body before ball
  • Small steps on approach
  • Wide 'power step' into contact
  • Plant front foot close to the defenders feet
  • Contact side on with hard parts e.g. shoulder, hips
  • Maintain low stable base, chin off chest, eyes open
  • Transfer the ball at the appropriate time
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Coaching Points:

  • The ball carrier is the 'determinator' of ball retention at contact. This person will have the single greatest influence on ball retention
  • They must effectively shield the ball from opponents by positioning the ball away from contacts
  • Low body position and power step increases force and stability of contact
  • Every player on the field will take the ball into contact, therefore every player must understand and be competent in the key factors of this skill
  • The contact option if taken must be more advantageous than continuing the passing movement.
  • Setting a target for support is not the only option when taking the ball into contact.
    Other options include:
    1. Hit, go to ground
    2. Hit and spin
    3. Hit and pass

Common Errors:

  • Too upright at contact
  • Narrow base of support at contact causing instability
  • Front foot planted too far from the defender
  • Too frontal at contact
  • Shoulders below hips

CoacHclass Top Tips Series

CoacHclass Top Tips - Popping the ball out of the tackle
CoacHclass Top Tips II - Decision-making in attack
CoacHclass Top Tips III - Rucking
CoacHclass Top Tips IV - Evasive Running

Jason Bowers (L) & Gary Townsend (R) with the Heineken Cup

CoacHclass Top Tips V The Fend / Hand Off
CoacHclass Top Tips VI The Three-Point Principle before, during and after contact
CoacHclass Top Tips VIIThe Switch and Scissor Passes
CoacHclass Top Tips VIII Back Attack Roles
CoacHclass Top Tips IX Gaining Possession
CoacHclass Top Tips XPrinciples Of Defence
CoacHclass Top Tips XIThe Maul

Summer CoacHclass

5-Day Residential 'Be Your Best' Academy CoacHclass at SEAE Arborfield with London Wasps and the British Army
30th July 2007 to 3rd August 2007

Under 14s to Under 18s
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3-Day Summer CoacHclass at Aylesbury RFC
14th to 16th August 2007
Under 8s to Under 15s
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3-Day Summer CoacHclass at the London Wasps Training Ground, Twyford Avenue, Acton
21st to 23rd August 2007
Under 8s to Under 15s
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3-Day Summer CoacHclass at High Wycombe RUFC
28th to 30th August 2007
Under 8s to Under 15s
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