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You can develop the kayak as a formidable weapon for tackling, controlling the ball and pushing opponents kayaks away from the ball.

HAND TACKLING
Legal styles, extra body motion, crossover hand tackle.
Avoiding hand tackles – chesting, lowering centre of gravity, low bracing.
Drill – Pairs.

KAYAK TACKLING A PLAYER WITH POSSESSION FROM THE SIDE
Nose dipping (front and side), Under the ball, Under a kayak, Driving through.
Avoiding the 90 degree tackle – dipping the kayak sideways (J-ing), parallelling.
Drill – pairs

KAYAK TACKLING FROM BEHIND
Riding the wash, Over the wash, timing when player picks up the ball and exposes the hull, bow positioning, driving.
Safe tackling, desperation tackling.
Avoiding the tackle – stern dipping, taking a ride (stern rudder).
Drill – Indian file dribbling

KAYAK TACKLING A TURNING PLAYER
Over or under the oppositions stern depending on their style of turn. Picking up the ball on the inside with the nose of the kayak leading to gained possession or a holding penalty against the opposition.
Drill – pairs, 3,2,1 Go.

KAYAK TACKLING WHILE ATTEMPTING FOR THE BALL
Angle inside the ball, dipping the nose sideways, sweeping on contact, Long and strong sweeps, don”t pick up the ball, paddle ready for bracing, bracing, stern push, dribble
Drill- 3,2,1 Go

CONTROL OF THE BALL WITH THE KAYAK
Charge starts – using your kayak at an angle to get the ball.
Turning on the ball, moving the ball with the nose of the kayak, homer.
Drill- Pairs

SPECIAL TRICKS
The bow sweep, give and go with bow sweep, passing over the stern of an opponent and inhibiting their turn.
Drill- Pairs or groups of three or four as needed.

ZONE WORK
Jostling legally, boat positioning, bow sweep, cross bow nose dip.
Drill- 3v3 zone work.
STERN PUSH
Use the first half of the reverse sweep for power. The last half jumps over the ball to catch the ball and pull it back on return for a further back sweep.