How Does Quality Of The Ball Influence Tackling and Offloading Skills in AFL?

Tackling and offloading and the two most important aspects of rugby. Thus, while imparting training the budding players, the trainers would put enormous emphasis on these two aspects. 

However, the type of ball plays a pivotal role in these training sessions. The shape, weight, the flight, the material the balls are made up of, and the grip plays a crucial role when it comes to mastering the art of tackling and offloading. That is the reason while imparting training, rugby coaches these days prefer the best training balls. The One Touch AFL balls that we at That Training Ball offer stand out to be one of their bests for obvious reasons. 


Walking Tackling

To help the trainees master the skills of tackling, the trainers would opt for walking tackling skills, where they will arrange a 20m box and get into the box 5 versus 5. As tackles are made only if the head is on the shorts of the player who carries the ball, this shorter dimension box will help the tacklers master the skills, while the carriers will be able to learn how to dodge the tackle. But here, the grip of the ball in use will come into play. But for a proper grip, it will be difficult for the carriers, who are still learning, to evade the tackle or retain the ball in the face of the tackle. This is where the One Touch football of the right size will come into play. 

The coaches generally tell the trainees to turn over the ball after all 5 of these players are done with the tackle, or if the carrier has evaded all 5 of them and has run away with the ball. 

Tackle Exercise

During tackle exercise, the trainers will appoint one tackler along with 3 to 4 ball carriers in a small box. On the whistle, the tackler needs to grab and lift every player  1 cm (no more than that) off the ground. And the carriers will have to hold on to the ball all throughout despite that. This will not only help the trainees master the techniques of clinging on to the ball, but also tight grip. It will teach them how not to lose the grip of the ball. Again, quite expectedly, the weight and the size of the ball here will come into play. For instance, if the trainee is between the age of 13 to 17, the size 4 Leather One Touch AFL Training ball will be a perfect choice. 


Offloading Game 

Now let us get on to touch rugby from walking rugby. The carrier has 3 seconds (no a second more) to offload the ball following a touch. Now here, the defenders will try blocking the pass. Since they can’t grab the carrier, they will use the footwork to thwart any attempt by the carrier to pass the ball. 

 As a tackler makes his or her first move at one side of the box, about 5 m away from the carrier and the support, only the shorts of the carrier are allowed to be grabbed. Here the carrier has to beat the defender at first and then offload the ball. Since grabbing tackles and grabbing are not allowed, the attackers have to work harder to free the ball. For both the sides, the size, the weight and the material of the ball will make a huge impact on the outcome of this exercise. Again, depending on the age group, the Size 3 training balls will be appropriate. 

Thus you see, how crucial are the size, the weight, and the material of the One Touch training footballs are when it comes to helping trainees master the art of the tacking and offloading. So if you are planning to get your kid the best rugby training ball, it has to be from That Training Ball. Get in touch with us by dialling 02 93993575 or 0490 388 954. For overseas customers, the numbers are 0061 490388954 and 0061 293993575.

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