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April 2013

April 2013


Tackling Drills Without Full Contact – Tackling progressions for both the head-up and profile tackle can be taught to emphasize safety.

by: Johnny Metcalf
Defensive Coordinator, John Carroll Catholic High School (AL)
© April 2013

Concussions continue to dominate our discussions about football injuries. Coaches have to find ways to teach the solid fundamentals of tackling, yet protect their players from preventable injuries.

We have to contend with a small squad (usually less than 50 players) and often we have undersized players. Traditional tackling techniques are not just enough for us. We have to give our smaller players a chance to tackle without “ramming their head” into a ball carrier. Over the years, I have collected drills from various sources and have developed my own tackling progression. None of these drills are original with me. But we have tweaked them to fit our equipment and facilities.

Our progression divides tackles into two main categories: Head-Up and Profile. The head-up tackle is the conventional tackle – face to face. In....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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