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GRAY TACKLE SYSTEM
TECHNICAL TRAINING AIDS FOR TACKLE DEVELOPMENT IN FOOTBALL
Richie Gray, CEO and founder of Global Sports Innovation (GSI), has become one of the most sought after Elite Skills Contact Coaches in World Rugby today. Over the past seven years, GSI – through the innovation of technical training aids for Rugby Union, Rugby League and American Football – has changed the way players and coaches prepare and train the areas of ‘Tackle, Collision and Contact’, with an emphasis on specific techniques.
Gray states:

“The sports of American Football, Rugby Union and Rugby League are all intrinsically linked – they are all faced with massive challenges due to the health and safety of their players. Concussion and impact injuries have been well documented, especially in recent years, and one of the key ways to assist in reducing this is in the way we prepare our athletes. We must increase technical mastery and thus increase player performance which in turn will reduce the risk of injury.”

GSI have already created world leading technical training aids for the Rugby Union and League markets. These are being used by international, professional and club sides and organisations worldwide. Gray holds a BEd (Hons) Degree in Physical Education, majoring in Skill Acquisition. He then spent 12 years working for The Scottish Rugby Union in Game Development and Coach Education, Analysis and Professional Coaching. In 2013, Gray became an Assistant Coach to The Springboks for the Rugby Championship and Northern Hemisphere Tour, concentrating on the attacking and defensive breakdown/collision area, and worked with the South African national side right through to the Rugby World Cup in 2015. He also carried out all the contact skills work for the Blitzboke South Africa Sevens Team from 2013 to 2016. Since then, Gray has been the Contact Skills Consultant to the Scottish National Rugby Team being involved in two Six Nations Championships and the November Test Series in 2016.

TACKLE DEVELOPMENT IN FOOTBALL
In 2016, after 4 years of development, Gray created technical training aids specifically designed for use in the development and coaching of the tackle area in American Football. The system was first used by the Miami Dolphins throughout the 2016-17 season where Gray also acted as a Consultant. The training aids allowed the players to work continually throughout the season on key technique and skill development relating to the tackle area, while taking away the 'player on player' contact that had been used in the past and which could result in injury outwith actual game time.

Wayne Diesal – Sports Performance Director at Miami Dolphins states:

“Going forward, the reliance upon specific technical training aides to assist in coaching 'contact' within collision sports globally will only increase. This is not only primarily due to the duty of care we have towards our athletes but also the pursuit of excellence in performance. As a result, there is a need to find/create more innovative tackle-specific ways of preparing our players for the demands of the modern game. The Gray Tackle System has been developed to facilitate this and allows individual technique to be developed and maintained within the whole tackle area, resulting in this system becoming an integral part of our training and preparation.”

KEY COACHING PRINCIPLES
The Gray Tackle System allows you to train at different tackle levels i.e. Level 1 - Ankle to Knee, Level 2 - Knee to Hip, Level 3 - Hip to Pec. The technical training aids have been developed to bring about key technique relating to all the tackles a player may be faced with e.g. All Shoulder Tackle options, Profile Tackle, Thigh and Roll, Thigh and Drive etc. The equipment has been developed so that it is set at different heights and weights which therefore creates a degree of difficulty depending on the training aid being used - the aim is to create the player who is a ‘Multi-Purpose Tackler’. Currently USA Football and The Seattle Seahawks have been promoting the ‘Shoulder Tackle’ which has been backed up with an excellent coach education programme. The ‘Gray Tackle System’ will complement the coaching and player development in this area, allowing the coach and player to work with technical training aids that can assist in the development of the whole tackle technique in a safe and structured manner.

Richie Gray Interview

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LEVELS BAGS
BACKGROUND & TRAINING EFFECT
The Levels Bag is part of The GSI Performance Technical Training Range and can be used in isolation or as part of the full system of products. This piece of equipment has been specifically designed to isolate accurate body height and the immediate tackle follow-up technique of body shape, strong stance and balance in and out of the tackle action. As a player, using this piece of equipment helps train accurate body height, arm wrap, reaction speed & balance. The bag can be used to develop a single, or double, player contact depending on what defensive tackle techniques are required to train, and on what level of bag is used.

The levels bag comes in three specific heights L1, L2 & L3 in both Senior and Junior sizes.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Levels Bag 1 Senior
OCEANIA, AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND
:
Level 1
 – 75cm x 45cm. Weight: 13kg

Levels Bag 1 Junior
OCEANIA, AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND:
Level 1
 – 60cm x 34cm. Weight: 6kg

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Levels Bag 2 Senior
OCEANIA, AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND:
Level 2 – 110cm x 45cm. Weight: 21kg

Levels Bag 2 Junior
OCEANIA, AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND:
Level 2 – 85cm x 34cm. Weight: 11kg

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Levels Bag 3 Senior
OCEANIA, AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND:
Level 3 – 140cm x 45cm. Weight: 25.5kg

Levels Bag 3 Junior
OCEANIA, AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND:
Level 3 – 110cm x 34cm. Weight: 11.5kg

KEY COACHING POINTS

Coaches should require that players approach the bag from different angles and speeds – do not always give the player a straight approach to the bag i.e. hit ground and up, hit ground and roll then back to feet, get the player to evade then make the hit… never make it easy! The key coaching point on The Levels Bag, is we want the player to make an accurate initial contact with the bag at the height they are training on, strong wrap and drive to finish the tackle.

Coaches can train the straight hit or fatigue the player first then carry out the tackle so that the hit puts the player’s skills under pressure.

Players should keep eyes on the target all the way through the initial hit, strong arm clamp and initial shoulder contact, grip work then lock in. On making the connection with the levels bag drive the bag backwards with strong leg-drive and cleats always working in the grass

As a coach, look for speed of movement of the player using their “acceleration feet” after the tackle, look to keep hips low and square and finish the tackle off – don’t slip off!

Make sure the players connect with same foot same shoulder with feet correct width apart to bring about outstanding stability and balance in controlling their own body weight throughout entry into and out of the tackle.

Coaches can call different commands relating to the player wrapping the bag. The width, height and weight of the bag has been purposely designed to make the practice difficult and game-like – this ensures that when you go into “live” practice the movements are easier.

Make sure the players work on different wrap techniques on the bag and always finish in a strong end position.

The levels bags have been designed at L1, L2 and L3 tackle contact heights and each bag is weighted differently.

US Pat. Pending (US15334190; US 29/599933)
UK patent pending (GB1608971.6; GB1617949.1); UK Registered Design (GB6002018)

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LEVEL 1 WRAP & ROLL LOW BAG
BACKGROUND & TRAINING EFFECT

The Wrap + Roll Low Bag is part of the Gray Tackle System and can be used in isolation or as part of the full tackle system. This piece of equipment has been specifically designed to isolate accurate Level 1 body height and the immediate tackle follow-up technique of strong arm wrap and dynamic roll. The training aid will also bring about consistent body shape and, after the tackle, a strong finish within the collision area. Training with this piece of equipment helps you achieve and maintain accurate body height, strong arm wrap, dynamic roll, reaction speed & balance.


TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Senior Wrap & Roll L1 Bag Sizes:
OCEANIA, AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND:
750mm (h) x 450mm (d). Weight: 46.5kg

KEY COACHING POINTS

As a coach get your player to approach the bag from different angles and speeds - do not always give the player a straight approach to the bag i.e. hit ground and up, hit ground and roll then back to feet, get the player to come off a block then make the hit… never make it easy!

You can work on a straight tackle or fatigue the player first then carry out the tackle so that this puts the player’s skills under more pressure.

Make sure the player drops height from 6-10ft (2-3m) away from the bag, eyes on target - do not encourage a late drop. If you hit the low bag too high you will go over the top of the bag.

Keep eyes on the target all the way through the initial hit, strong arm clamp and initial shoulder contact. The player must remember that the harder they hit the bag the faster the chain reaction will take place making the bag unstable – don’t lose the bag…!

As a coach, make sure the player is entering the tackle at the correct height, inside foot up and inside shoulder making contact with the bag first. Within the tackle, make sure the player’s head is correctly placed and is tight to the bag.

The player can add in a dynamic roll once the bag has been tackled, working core and arm strength. Always finish the tackle off - do not roll out of the tackle before it is completed.

US Pat. Pending (US15334190; US 29/599933)
UK patent pending (GB1608971.6; GB1617949.1); UK Registered Design (GB6001234)

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WRAP & GRIP BAGS
BACKGROUND & TRAINING EFFECT
The L1, L2 and L3 Wrap & Grip Bags are part of the 'Gray Tackle System' and can be used in isolation or as part of the full tackle system. These pieces of equipment have been specifically designed to isolate accurate Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 body height, tackle accuracy and the immediate tackle follow-up technique of arm wrap , strong grip and head placement, body shape and finishing off the tackle in a dominant position.


TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Wrap & Grip Bag L1
OCEANIA, AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND
:
Level 1
 – 75cm x 45cm. Weight: 13kg


TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Wrap & Grip Bag L2
OCEANIA, AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND:
Level 2 – 110cm x 45cm. Weight: 21kg

 


TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Wrap & Grip Bag L3
OCEANIA, AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND:
Level 3 – 140cm x 45cm. Weight: 25.5kg

KEY COACHING POINTS

As a coach, get your player to approach the bag from different angles and speeds - do not always give the player a straight approach to the bag i.e. hit ground and up, hit ground and roll then back to feet, get the player to run a route or come off a block then make the hit… never make it easy!

As a coach, you can also carry the bag using the strap on top and run it into different positions thus creating a moving target for the tackler.

You can work on a straight tackle or fatigue the player first then carry out the tackle so that this puts the player’s skills under more pressure.

Make sure the player drops height from 6-10ft (2-3m) away from the bag, eyes on target - do not encourage a late drop. If you hit the low bag too high you will go over the top of the bag.

As a coach, make sure the player is entering the tackle at the correct height, inside foot up and inside shoulder making contact with the bag first. Within the tackle make sure the player’s head is correctly placed and is tight to the bag.

The player can add in a dynamic roll once the bag has been tackled, working core and arm strength. Always finish the tackle off - do not roll out of tackle before it is completed.

The ‘grip bars’ that are placed around the bag make it more difficult to tackle. The players are encouraged to fight for strong hand placement on the bars once they have carried out the initial wrap. This then encourages the player to work accurately throughout the tackle from start to finish.

US Pat. Pending (US15334190; US 29/599933)
UK patent pending (GB1608971.6; GB1617949.1); UK Registered Design (GB6001226)

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GRAPPLE BAGS
BACKGROUND & TRAINING EFFECT
The Grapple Bags are part of The GSI Performance Technical Training Range and can be used in isolation or as part of the full system of products. These pieces of equipment have been specifically designed to isolate accurate body height and the immediate tackle follow-up technique of body shape, strong stance and balance in and out of the tackle action, isolating specific wrap and arm movements within the action. As a player, using these pieces of equipment helps train accurate body height, arm wrap and grip, reaction speed & balance. The bags can be used to develop a single, or double, player contact depending on what defensive tackle techniques are being trained.

The Grapple bags have been developed at three levels L1, L2 and L3 at both Senior and Junior sizes.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

The Senior Grapple Bag is made up within a formation of five cylinders. The frontal cylinder is 30.5cm/12inch width and the supporting cylinders are 20.3cm/8inch widths, they are all attached to the central cylinder which is the centre point of the training aid. The grapple bag comes in the three tackle levels at Senior level.

Grapple Bag L1 Senior
OCEANIA, AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND
:
Level 1
 – 75cm (h). Weight: 19kg

The Junior Grapple Bag is made up within a formation of five cylinders. The frontal cylinder is 20cm/8inch width and  the supporting cylinders are 10cm/4inch widths they are all attached to the central cylinder which is the central point of the training aid. The grapple bag comes in the three tackle levels at Junior level.

Grapple Bag L1 Junior
OCEANIA, AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND:
Level 1
 – 60cm (h). Weight: 7kg

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

The Senior Grapple Bag is made up within a formation of five cylinders. The frontal cylinder is 30.5cm/12inch width and the supporting cylinders are 20.3cm/8inch widths, they are all attached to the central cylinder which is the centre point of the training aid. The grapple bag comes in the three tackle levels at Senior level.

Grapple Bag L2 Senior
OCEANIA, AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND:
Level 2 – 110cm (h). Weight: 27.5kg

The Junior Grapple Bag is made up within a formation of five cylinders. The frontal cylinder is 20cm/8inch width and  the supporting cylinders are 10cm/4inch widths they are all attached to the central cylinder which is the central point of the training aid. The grapple bag comes in the three tackle levels at Junior level.

Grapple Bag L2 Junior
OCEANIA, AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND:
Level 2 – 85cm (h). Weight: 9kg

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

The Senior Grapple Bag is made up within a formation of five cylinders. The frontal cylinder is 30.5cm/12inch width and the supporting cylinders are 20.3cm/8inch widths, they are all attached to the central cylinder which is the centre point of the training aid. The grapple bag comes in the three tackle levels at Senior level.

Grapple Bag L3 Senior
OCEANIA, AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND:
Level 3 – 140cm (h). Weight: 35kg

The Junior Grapple Bag is made up within a formation of five cylinders. The frontal cylinder is 20cm/8inch width and  the supporting cylinders are 10cm/4inch widths they are all attached to the central cylinder which is the central point of the training aid. The grapple bag comes in the three tackle levels at Junior level.

Grapple Bag L3 Junior
OCEANIA, AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND:
Level 3 – 110cm (h). Weight: 12kg

KEY COACHING POINTS

Coaches should require varied approaches regarding angles and speed from players. Do not always give the player a straight approach to the bag (i.e. hit ground and up, hit ground and roll then back to feet, get the player to evade the coach then make the hit… never make it easy!) The key coaching point on The Grapple bag is that we want the player to hit square (“Square is Strong”). The front cylinder is a different colour to the rest of the cylinder and it’s a different width, this is the target we want players to make initial contact with.

Coaches can work on a straight hit or fatigue the player first then carry out the tackle so that the hit puts the player’s skills under pressure.

Players should keep eyes on the target all the way through the initial hit, strong arm clamp and initial shoulder contact, grip work then lock in. On making the connection with the Grapple bag the player will have to work hard to gather all the back cylinders together or it won’t be a successful connection.

As a coach, look for speed of movement of the player using their “acceleration feet” after the tackle, look to keep hips low and square and finish the tackle off – don’t slip off!!

Make sure the player connects with same foot same shoulder with feet the correct width apart to bring about outstanding stability and balance in controlling their own body weight throughout entry into and out of the tackle.

Coaches can call different commands relating to the player wrapping and gripping the bag. The width, height, and weight of the bag and the cylinder placement has been purposely designed to make the practice difficult and game-like – this ensures that the transition to “live” practice assists in making the movements easier.

Make sure the players work on different grip techniques on the bag and always finish in a strong end position.

US Pat. Pending (US 16/570023; US 29/701661)
UK patent pending (GB 1814888.2); UK Registered Design (GB 6054425)

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WRAP & GRIP 360
BACKGROUND & TRAINING EFFECT
The Wrap & Grip 360 is part of The GSI Performance Technical Training Range and can be used in isolation or as part of the full system of products. This piece of equipment has been specifically designed to isolate accurate body height and reinforce key technical points within the tackle technique such as tracking and laser focus, body shape, stance and balance in and out of the tackle action, and isolating specific wrap and arm movements within the action. As a player, using this piece of equipment helps  train accurate body height, arm wrap and grip, reaction speed, timing and balance. The Wrap & Grip 360 can be used to develop a single player contact depending on what defensive tackle techniques are trained. The Wrap & Grip 360 has been developed at both Senior and Junior sizes.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

The Wrap & Grip 360 is a bonded foam wheel covered in PVC and is made up of the wheel and four grip bars each side of the wheel.

Wrap & Grip 360 Senior
OCEANIA, AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND:
110cm x 22cm. Weight: 22kg

Wrap & Grip 360 Junior
OCEANIA, AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND:
80cm x 22cm. Weight: 11kg

 

KEY COACHING POINTS

Coaches should require players to approach the wheel from different angles and speeds – do not always give the player a straight approach to the wheel (i.e. hit ground and up, hit ground and roll then back to feet, get the player to evade you then make the hit… never make it easy!).

Coaches can practice timing within the track and connection by giving the player visual cues on when to connect with the wheel (e.g. when grip bars are in a square formation then connect or when grip bars are in a diamond formation).

Coaches can work on a straight hit, or fatigue the player first, then carry out the tackle so that the hit puts the player’s skills under pressure.

Players should keep eyes on the target all the way through the initial hit, employ a strong arm clamp and sound initial shoulder contact, grip work then lock in, and always finish the tackle off to the ground and don’t slip off.

As a coach, look for speed of movement of the player, look to keep hips low and square always in a loaded stance within the track.

Coaches can dictate the speed of the wheel as they create the momentum within the drill.

Watch players’ approach to the wheel, make sure the player’s feet are not too close together but are at the correct width to bring about outstanding stability in supporting their own body weight throughout entry into the tackle.

Coaches can call different commands relating to the player gripping the grip bars of the wheel. The width, height and weight of the wheel and the grip bar placement has been purposely designed to make the practice difficult and game-like – this ensures that when transitioning to “live” practice, the movements are easier.

Make sure the players work on different grip techniques on the wheel and always finish in a strong end position.

US Pat. Pending (US 29/720358)
UK Registered Design Pending (GB 6070162)

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THE HAMMER
BACKGROUND & TRAINING EFFECT
The “Hammer” is a Technical Training Aid that has been specifically developed to isolate the simulation of the “cut-block” technique within a contact drill.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Levels Bag 1 Senior
OCEANIA, AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND
:
120
cm x 85cm x 30cm. Weight: 15kg

KEY COACHING POINTS

The “Hammer” is a Technical Training Aid that has been specifically developed to isolate the simulation of the “cut-block” technique within a contact drill.

The “Hammer” has been designed to simulate a set of shoulders. The foam hammer head is also rounded to simulate the shape of the player’s helmet.

Embedded in the end of the rectangle body at the hammer head end is a weight inside the foam that creates momentum when the hammer is thrown by the player or coach within the drill. Users will automatically feel the weighted “Hammer Head” end when the training aid is picked up by the handles.

The “Hammer” is covered by industrial strength PVC, which allows it to be thrown across the grass/rubber crumb surface so that it will slide, if coaches or players want to throw the training aid at lower levels.

The hammer is thrown at the intended target by utilizing the its two handles. Handle 1 is located at the front of the rectangle hammer body at 180 degrees and handle 2 is located at the back of the pad at 90 degrees. All of the throwing momentum is generated by these two handle points.

Players and coaches will very quickly pick up the technique of the “Hammer Throw” allowing for a good generation of power and momentum and accuracy into the target - aiming at specific hit points - Thigh, above or below knee, calf or ankle.

Coaches can also set up drills where multiple “hammers” are being thrown: one left side - one right side - and one centre, in setting up this scenario the player will not know what angle the hammer was coming from, in this way giving a different training affect.

US Pat. Pending (US 29/720358)
UK Registered Design (GB 6066401)

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DIP & RISE CONTACT SHIELD
BACKGROUND & TRAINING EFFECT
The Dip + Rise Contact Shield is part of the ‘Gray Tackle System’ and can be used in isolation or as part of the full tackle system. This piece of equipment has been specifically designed to isolate the training effect and tackle movement pattern of the dip and rise (form tackle). Training with this piece of equipment helps you achieve and maintain accurate track, body height, tackle entry, accurate contact and wrap, reaction speed & balance.





TECHNICAL INFORMATION

The Dip + Rise Contact Shield (Senior) has two safety shields placed at the carriers elbow and hand level to protect against contact with the tackler’s head gear. The shield has holding straps that the carrier can put his/her arm through and can also change the angle of the ‘C’ shaped contact shield depending upon the degree of difficulty within the practice.

Dip & Rise Contact Shield Senior
OCEANIA, AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND
:
Level 1
 – 600mm x 360mm x 185mm. Weight: 3kg

KEY COACHING POINTS

The Dip + Rise Contact Shield has been designed with the sole purpose of isolating the skill of the defender dropping his/her body height as they approach the tackle. They are then able to rise through the initial contact point to arm-wrap and finish. With this training aid the technique can be practised in a controlled safe environment before going ‘live’.

The shield carrier can change the angle of the ‘C’ shaped contact shield to allow different angles of tackler entry. The training aid encourages excellent timing, accuracy and body movement coming into, through and finishing off the tackle.

As a coach, get your player to approach the shied from different angles and speeds - do not always give the player a straight approach. Get the player to come off a block then make the tackle… never make it easy!

You can work on a straight attack versus the shield or fatigue the player first then carry out the drill so that the player’s skills are under constant pressure.

Make sure the player tries a number of different ways of attacking the shield i.e. front on staying square, shoulder tackle (form tackle) where shield carrier creates an angle between the shield and the tackler and carrier holds shield on hip.

As a coach, look for speed of movement and accuracy throughout the drill. The player should always be in control of their body movement, leverage, tracking, foot placement, strong arm wrap and grip, head on correct side, chase the feet.

Make sure that the tackler is always dominant in the collision. As confidence comes with using the training aid, both the tackler and the shield carrier can increase the speed of the drill.

Make sure the players work on different techniques on the shield i.e. left and right shoulders, challenge both sides, dip and rise or straight contact.

To work on technique in a controlled environment use ‘crash mats’ behind the shield carrier so that he/she has protection when they land.

A third player or coach can stand behind the shield holder to give them support on the dip and rise technique so that you are in control of the shield holder on coming back to ground.

US Pat. Pending (US15334190; US 29/599933)
UK patent pending (GB1608971.6; GB1617949.1); UK Registered Design (GB6006534)

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