Offloading out of contact is a major attacking tool because it keeps the ball alive and puts opponents under stress. Take your offload basics from walking to running to pressure in this imaginative practice. By Jason Holland, Hurricanes coach. MORE
Offloads from grip to games | Activities, drills and warm-ups
An offload is just another name for a pass out of the tackle. It’s a powerful skill because it can create opportunities to attack a less-organised defence.
If it is so powerful, why don’t more teams use it? Because there are plenty of risks involved, firstly in terms of the difficulty of the skill. Reduce these risks by using the following techniques, activities and games.
Let’s start with a technique that’s often ignored in this part of the skill. Use Warm-up skills to improve grip. It gives your players better ball manipulation that allows them to offload in more creative ways.
Then put these into the skill of offloading. Offloads – basics to game execution builds up different methods of passing out of the tackle, giving the players more options.
Hardcore piggy in the middle is a fun way to put these into a more chaotic game-like situation. An age-old game with a twist, be prepared for lots of thrills and spills.
Finally, create different game-like scenarios using Rugby offloading drills, where players have to work both on offloads and the correct supporting lines.