Tacklers need to feel confident that the right technique works. This is more difficult when they are practising with static targets. Part of the reason why a ball carrier goes to ground is that they are unbalanced, and so it's much easier to bring a moving player down to the ground. MORE
VIDEO: Warm-up skills to improve grip
Use these two warm-up catching skills activities to develop excellent hand-catch and grip habits. Tosh Askew, a very experienced coach who’s worked with elite squads, shows us how to work the basics.
Every time a player makes a catch, they need to ensure:
- Ten points of contact on the ball.
- Shape the hands to the shape of the ball.
- The grip should tight enough so another player cannot knock the ball away.
- The grip comes through the ends of the fingers and the thumbs.
A good grip means:
- Good ball manipulation close to contact. The player can pass securely.
- Better control of the pass. The fingers add direction when the pass is made.