Technical Series with Ben Herring
In this series Ben explains how to narrow down skills to their core components
Part 1. Pre Tackle - Closing Down Space 3:53 Member content
Ben Herring looks at one of the basics of the pretackle. Closing space is key for getting players in good tackling positions.
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juan pedro checchi Argentina
I’ve taken the evasion serie as a first* stage for dueling skills (1vs1 situation) about 2 years ago. And I still recommend it. *2nd stage should be offload skills
Anne Thompson England
I’m a rugby league coach and found this site the best I have come across! The detail in the technical drills and the way Ben breaks things down and addresses coaches is spot on. I have learnt some new ways of putting points across. Great. Thank you Ben
Dan Miller New Zealand
Cheers Ben, this series has been awesome, im coaching under 12’s this season and the drills and technics have made a lot of difference to my players development, getting kids confident in the contact zone to make the tackle is one of the hardest aspects of the game ive found to coach. Great stuff
hugo juarez Argentina
excellent videos……very good explained. I´d rather you can use subtitles. Thanks a lot
Masefau Leuluniu England
Great drills, work on deferents aspects of the game I love it thank you Ben.
Glenn Round Singapore
Robin Gibson England
I have found this particular course a rock of my mini rugby coaching this season. For young players we have to preach the gospel that if you can’t or won’t tackle you will struggle to enjoy the game.
Gerhard.Coetzee South Africa
Great series with content well demonstrated
mateo Duran Uruguay
La gran mayoria de videos, is currently unavailable. Alguien sabe como solucionarlo?
Jose Ignacio Moreno Romero Spain
La mitad de los videos no estan subtitulados al español. Por favor corrigirlo.
Sebastian Suarez Argentina
La mitad de los videos no estan subtitulados al español. Por favor corrigirlo.
Half of the videos are not subtituled in spanich. Please correct them…
Carlos Carignani Argentina
gracias por subtitular en español
Richard Dzisiewski England
Just love this…. Ben breaks it down in such a great way. Will de use some of these methods on Wednesday night at training.
David Whiteside Canada
Great for step by step intro to tackling form very useful drill set
Jackson Thom USA
This whole set of modules was beyond great. I second the addition of PDFs for these, but I’ve already run through the tackle sessions with my boys. They loved it and I was so impressed on how it 1) gave a whole new look at the tackle for the experienced boys and 2) caught the new ones up quickly, efficiently, and INTUITIVELY. Can’t wait to incorporate some of the breakdown content. Really great stuff.
Lui Pereira New Zealand
Thanks Ben .very good explanation and easy to understand.
Saminda Silva Sri Lanka
SAMINDA from Sri Lanka
andres Monteverde Argentina
Por favor traducir al castellano
diego anselmo Argentina
estaria bueno que fueran tambien en español o por lo menos con subtitulos
James McAdam England
The core skills in a concise way – just what I need to help deliver my rugby lessons. James – Shropshire
Can’t see the last video Part 16. Ben Herring – The Pass Switch on the Core
George Nozadze Georgia
great series. one of the best i have seen. thanks for benfro shearing his knowige
Giuseppe Camillo Italy
Ottimo esercizio per la valutazione dello spazio periferico e della reattività.
David Donner England
An interesting video on peripheral vision, with some good points well made. There are things I would take issue with, however. The eye is not a muscle. Any improvements to peripheral awareness would be the result of subtle changes within the neural network of the brain; the eyes would remain completely unaltered. I prefer drills to be as near as possible to what actually happens on the pitch. In these drills the players are static (it would be virtually impossible if they were on he move) and the receiver has to maintain fixation on a point directly ahead. This is not what an expert would do, so I’m not sure about the wisdom of practising it. It may well be true that experts do not watch the ball right into their hands on every occasion, especially if the passer is a regular teammate. They would need to watch the ball very carefully out of the passer’s hands, the pass would need to be not too long or fast, arrive at the expected height and direction, and be caught reasonably close to the line of sight. One of the advantages that experts have over novices is that they are able to “chunk” individual players into patterns. This enables them to spot, for instance, overlaps or doglegs in the defensive line with a quick glance. It comes from many hours of practice in (usually small-sided) game-like situations. It’s similar to the way in which a grand master chess player can spot a pawn out of position. One way of enhancing this ability would be to get the player to vocalise what they see in front of them. To start with they might be quite slow, and you may need to blow the whistle occasionally to stop play to point out what they’ve missed. But they would soon improve, and then they’d be using their vision more like an expert.
John Christopher lavery Canada
Part 5 is extraordinary in it’s simplicity. Great into to the shoulder punch. I can’t wait to try this.
Brett Fell Australia
Ben was clear and precise here and offered some great tips and drills, but the video kept cutting out every few seconds to reload which made it bloody hard to watch
Salut Ben !!! merci pour tes video. F
Roger C Croft France
Another well illustrated and described basic skill, very helpful.
Marco Rangone Italy
great drills throughout! I loved the post tackle drill so much :-)
Manuel Ramos Rodriguez Spain
It’s very important for many people the vídeos in spanish. Thank you
Pioiva Sasa USA
Great drills..Very helpful..Keep up the good work.
andy king England
Superb really very useful. Please can we have a PDF??
Nick Garrity Singapore
Great pre-tackle sequence, which I’m going to try in the first tackle session of the pre-season. Slight anxiety about the lifting element in Part 6. I’m coaching in a Union which is really focused on eliminating tip/dump tackles from youth rugby and the refs are looking at any lift in the tackle as a risk factor.
Mauro Antonini Italy
hi,very very good to hear and see that..simple things but foundamental
Eugene Adams USA
excellent break down into mini components ;practical applications for small space/indoor training sessions where contact work is needed;great suggestions for player/partner self coaching;emphasis on muscle memory was insightful : wished there was a PDF to accompany
Ben Herring Canada
Hi all, I will always reply to questions and feedback privately however thought Walter raised a good question below and I wanted to expand a little.
Relax is a great word when refering to head position in the tackle. To often in the tackle as soon an attacker makes a move, the defender drops his head and eyes and predetermines where his head will go. The attacker still has time and space to move somewhere else or change direction (and catch our head on the incorrect side) If we can learn to relax for as long as possible and keep our head in a position as neutral as possible for as long as possible, we are in a better place to react to that attackers late change of direction. Ideally we only commit to putting our head on a side when the attacker has no time or space left to change direction.
This takes time to master because on the whole most young players are so tense/nervous/excited that they instintively decide from along way out what they are going to do in the tackle. In answer to your question, The longer you can relax for, and be uncommitted with your head, the less opportunity the attacker will have to be able to change late and catch you out. Your % chance of getting your head on correct side will be significantly higher.
Hope that helps, appreciate the question and feedback.
Brendan Molloy New Zealand
Good series great to have the steps isolated like this. Can pick out the weak parts of a player and correct Technic more easily. I would have head on the correct side in part 5 to minimize confusion of my players . Thanks Ben I look forward to your next session
David Lynch Ireland
Great coaching explanation, and he askes the players to feel the movement, creating awareness of the motion in the players body.
Ricardo Juan Martinelli Argentina
es la secuencia de aprenizaje del tackle mas importante que he conocido.- Yo le agraria la “secuencia del alpinista”. Comenzaria por la parte 5 y retrocederia hasta la parte 1.- Gracias.-
Walter Lee Australia
I’m loving these videos from Ben Herring, where he breaks down the tackle into individual small units we can practice.
Ben, can I please ask: In Part 4: are you saying that by relaxing and not filling your head with thoughts about which side to put your head on, one will instinctively place your head on the side of the body that becomes open to you?
Min Sae Chae USA
Great job of stressing the feet!!! Most sports begin with footwork.
José Vicente Argentina
Excelente la progresión de la enseñanza !!
Charly Garcia Argentina
Excelente ejercicio para enseñar a mantener el encuadre
Kevin Sullivan USA
Perfect for younger players who weren’t physical growing up!
César Cat Uruguay
Good excersise Cesar Uruguay
Richard Bell England
Excellent instruction, the basics are so important. The pre-tackle is often forgotten about, with emphasis on the tackle itself. Some good drills to work with.
Andrew jones Wales
Ben is very effective at getting his point across. Basics are often ignored but these tips will make a big difference if practiced regularly.
kevin west Hong Kong
Good clear ,instruction and images.
Julius Tadulala Australia
Really breaks down the ABC of the tackle. Will definitely use it. Cheers.
warwick dickson Australia
the most important element of backs defence.
Guillermo Ledesma Argentina
a good drill of pre tackle for a positive tackle ,very good video
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