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Grip game for offloading

Ball control is the key element to an effective offload. Jim Evans from Harlequins uses some fun games to coach this skill

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Three four five make sure you stand in the pitch good time lovely bolt on 7. All right, good. No, I'm 10. We're just going to revisit the grip game rubbing. It will version of the of the group game. Why do we grip the ball in their hands out here? That's why do we not tuck it in here? Somebody easy to get out easier to move it? Yeah. Finding those we're going to do if he's touching her chest. Okay, and do we do we hold the ball here using our forearms that we had we held which on grip in here don't we will hold it in here. It's difficult to roll it off in a a pass is non if an offload is known, you know, you're halfway through you're going to let that ball go. Whereas if you grip it in the mix of hand fingers on the ball. You can always recall that ball in if the passes nanak a decision making my eyes Okay, so rules that we've all got ball in hand. We'll start with our dominant hand free. So right hands for most of us free. Okay this ball here handle. We're going to move it around any way you like it. Okay overhead pass you can bounce pass it but we're trying to get to as many passes as we possibly can within our teams. There's one two Three good folks know. Okay green ball. Just hold their SEC chaps. How ideally boys my looking for you to catch this ball this handle in your mitts. Okay possible to me. I'm not looking for any of this trying to balance it on your hand. Okay. This is why we're doing the grip what we're really looking to get our fingers on it so we can then move it straight away. Good Lovely Sam good that's better. Tsubasa's w****. We're for a high-risk catcher. Always make sure you got a strong grip of that green ball. Tom Green ball knocked down by you could have caught that one, two, three. He's doing good. Here's in space. Whose in Space Walk off the ball for try not to use your chest Marcus five six Brandon how we catching that ball to really test yourself 7 wide recruiting the ball in the hand is now fingers instead of attacking it under the arm, etcetera and luckily the guys knew the answers, you know, if you're looking to offload a ball in a game you don't want it tucked under here. You want it in your hands, you can offload it anytime and also the defense don't know what you're going to do. If you've got that ball in your hands in one hand you could offload at any time you can make a pass etcetera. If you've got it tucked then then I know you're not going to be able to get the ball away. So that's what we look to keep the ball in there mix. So we're able to offload and make good decisions with all balanced. Okay. One two, you can bounce pass it chaps. Somebody's got to pick it up off of offer one bounce five six. That's okay. The seven nice good strong. Keep it away from your chest Tom. Nice. Okay, we're really going to test ourselves now passing this on with our weaker hand again. Try and refrain from going underneath the ball really test your skills and try catches ball out here one try not to go underneath it. Use your grip b****. Okay, play it fair to three good. There's in Space Walk Off. The Ball said, oh, you're strong. You're holding the rubber. Oh, okay. So, how can you help yourselves out a little bit there. We spoke about this last. So yeah, it's just down the Philip thinner part of the ball. Just making sure the whole time. You've got that really strong vice grip on it. Okay, you're going to contact little jolt that balls not going to come loose and what you're doing now just the last 60 seconds was when you catch the ball. You've got to juggle it. Okay, you got to switch the balls. I don't mind if you use your chest a little bit. Okay, but you got to keep all that ball. So you got to find a find a little bit of spice. I don't mind you stepping out change the ball around and then move it. Okay, there is a contest, okay. One good son to could pick. Okay green ball. That's why we're doing this Silas. Yes changeover changeover lovely three Quick Change Big John for Quick Change lovely and move it. There's five Okay, who wants that ball? Good some Grand good now move it good. Nice camera last time there chaps. So you have to knock me out of their hands. No, not once they're juggling. Grab a juice fellows any questions on that they were happy good. We're trying to develop these players and you know, we've got two or three years to give them the best chance of gaining full time Academy contracts when they get you know, hid under 1819 s so therefore we recognize that okay, the skill level maybe of wanted to plays isn't at the minute work needs to be but that's our job as coaches to know you can see Warren's in behind you now working with some of the guys that didn't you didn't perform so well in the handling drills today and just doing those extras and being as positives, we can't either reinforcing reinforcing the points. We want to get across but in a in a positive way.