Desk of: Coach Steve Tucker
Re: Tackling 101 For Youth Football
||id you know that 295 football players have suffered
catastrophic head and neck injuries since 1977? And around two thirds of them were defensive
players trying to execute a tackle?
Many of those kids wound up permanently disabled, in wheelchairs, walkers... or worse.
It's a bummer to think about -- but an important fact that all youth football coaches should
Good news is... there's a lot we can do about it.
Doctors, researchers, and coaching professionals all agree that drilling young players in proper tackling technique is the single most important step we can
take to protect our kids.
And the truth is...
Proper Tackling Technique Isn't
Just Safer, It's Also More Effective!
Once your kids learn how to make contact without getting hurt, they'll start moving faster and
more aggressively on the field, and executing their tackles with 100% commitment and
And once they're tackling with confidence, they can start mastering the finer points of defensive
football... reading keys, sniffing out plays, beating blockers, and executing your defensive scheme.
Here are some ideas you can start implementing in practice right away...
3 Simple Tips For Better
First and foremost, players should NEVER use the top of their
helmets to tackle, block or strike an opponent.
Make sure your kids understand that the helmet is a protective device,
not a missile to be launched into other players.
Second, tackling drills should be run at half-speed, especially in the
early part of the season.
Focus on proper technique and form, not on pulverizing the ball-carrier. Save the
full contact for the game!
Third, expose your kids to a variety of tackling situations, so they can develop the
correct footwork, timing, and body mechanics to make a fundamentally sound tackle anywhere on the
I like using one head-on tackling drill, one
angle tackling drill, and one sideline tackling drill
in every practice.
How To Implement Safe
Tackling Into Your Practices
If you want to learn more about proper tackling technique and pick up some new drills to use in practice,
then please listen up -- I have a killer new resource that's going to knock your socks off!
It's an online video clinic called "Tackling 101 For Youth Football."
Inside, you'll find a complete step by step formula that shows you EXACTLY how to teach tackling to players
12 and under, in the safest, most effective way possible.
From fit position, to footwork, straight on tackling, angle tackling, open field tackling, sideline tackling,
reading and reacting to ball-carriers, block-shedding and more… it's all here.
And it's all explained with detailed coaching pointers, break down
drills and step by step video demonstrations.
It's perfect if…
Okay, you're probably hungry for some details, so here's some more info on what you'll be learning inside
the online clinic.
Eliminating The Fear Of
Unlike Little League baseball, basketball, or other popular youth sports… football is a very physical game…
and it's only natural that some kids might shy away from contact at first.
|Teaching your players to
tackle with correct fundamentals helps eliminate the fear of contact and prevent
To help you navigate through this issue, we'll show you how to introduce tackling to your kids the RIGHT way… in
a safe, risk-free environment that allows them to learn the fundamentals
without fear of getting hurt.
How To Run a Form Tackling
Next, you'll learn a proven 2-step drill progression for basic form tackling technique, including the "Fit
Drill" and "One Step Fit Drill."
It's the fastest, easiest way to develop proper fit position, with a focus on bending the knees, getting the
feet shoulder width apart, bulling the neck, keeping the head up and wrapping the arms.
4 Point Explosion
This is one of my personal favorites - a simple little drill that trains your players to engage the
TRUE source of power in the tackling motion.
(HINT: it's not the legs, chest, shoulders, or arms)
Once you've got the basics down, we'll move on to some more advanced material.
|The 4-point explosion drill
trains your players to tap into the TRUE source of tackling power
The explosion lift drill teaches your players to recruit the knees, ankles and waist into the tackling
motion, so they can explode into the ball-carrier with maximum force and power.
Shuffle and Lift
The shuffle and lift drill trains your tacklers to win the collision by finishing strong, up and through their
You'll also discover a neat "club, wrap, and grab cloth" technique that works like gangbusters
with younger, smaller players.
Inline Tackling Drill
This one is my "go-to" tackling drill for defensive linemen - it
teaches them to face-up, cut off penetration, and stop the ball-carrier cold in his tracks. (Also works
great as a goal-line tackling drill.)
How To Teach Angle Tackling
Around three quarters of all tackles are "angle tackles." It's very rare that a
ball-carrier approaches a defensive player head on, so it's essential that your defensive
players learn the correct angle tackling technique.
In this section, you'll learn the absolute best way to create an "inside-out" pursuit angle, use the
sideline as an extra defender, and prevent the ball-carrier from cutting back to the middle.
You'll also discover the #1 reason young players MISS on angle tackles, and a simple coaching
tip anyone can use to correct this common mistake.Angle Tackling Progression
Next, we move into a cool 3-step angle tackling progression, including the "Angle Fit Drill," "Angle One Step
Fit Drill," and the "Angle Shuffle and Lift Drill."
Each drill is fun, fast, and easy to teach, and great for showing your kids how to combine the proper hit
position with the correct pursuit angle.
Eye Opener Drill
This one is IDEAL for young linebackers, and something I use
almost every practice.
It trains your kids to keep an inside-out relationship on the ball carrier, react to his movement, then close in
with controlled aggression.
Linebacker Hole Drill
|Learning to create proper pursuit
angles is an essential skill for youth football players
Now it's time to take it up a notch with some game-like drills your players will go
The first one is called the "linebacker hole drill" - it simulates a tailback coming out of the backfield and
breaking through a gap in the line of scrimmage.
The linebacker's job is to react, adjust, seek out, and neutralize. It's PERFECT for injecting some fun competition
into your practices.
How To Tackle In Space
The next drill is great for training your defensive backs to play in
space and provide run support.
The ball-carrier can take the ball to the outside OR cut back to the middle, while the defender uses the proper
footwork and approach angle to make a solid tackle in the open field.
Swing Tackle Drill
Given today's offensive trends, it's ESSENTIAL that your kids learn to stop flare passes, swing passes, sweeps and
other types of backfield action.
The swing tackle drill trains your linemen, linebackers and DB's to play in space, force the ball-carrier to
commit, then cut him off and finish with a powerful hit.
Sideline Tackling Drill
Next up, we'll cover the correct technique for executing a sideline tackle, with a strong emphasis on "penning"
the ball-carrier in, preventing the cutback , and using the sideline as an extra defender.
How To Read Keys And React To The
Another essential part of tackling is reading keys and reacting to where the ball is going, so you can create an
effective pursuit angle and get to the ball carrier as quickly as possible.
You'll discover a variety of simple tips to help your linebackers, corners, and safeties analyze the movement of
the offensive line, sniff out plays, and get a jump on the ball-carrier.
Finally, we finish up with a demonstration of the piano drill, which combines pursuit angles, block shedding,
footwork and tackling.
Listen. These tackling drills and coaching tips have been tested and proven with thousands of youth
football teams across the country.
There's no need to drive halfway across the state for some boring coaching seminar… or slog through a mountain
of football books… or waste hours on the Internet reading worthless articles.
All the hard work's been done for you, and summarized in a simple video "blueprint" that's guaranteed to inject top-notch tackling skills into every player on your
Simple. Safe. Fast.
And a lot of fun too. Each drill is super-flexible and simple to teach at any age level.
You can use these techniques with pads or without pads… during training camp, preseason, regular season, or
playoffs… with Tiny Mites, Pee Wees, Midgets or Junior High kids.
The final results are astonishing: More confident, more consistent tackling, fewer points
allowed, and more wins for your squad.
Here's the bottom line.
No matter how much (or how little experience) you have as a coach, or how terrible your team's tackling
technique is right now… you're just moments away from having an army of confident, explosive, and fundamentally
sound football warriors who will absolutely OWN the field.
Other Teams Won't Stand A
Your defensive players will LOVE the thrill and glory of delivering a tackle with picture-perfect form and
And parents, fans, and fellow coaches will be BLOWN AWAY with the supreme skills your kids possess.
But wait... there's even more! If you're one of the first 500 coaches to order "Tackling 101 for Youth
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I've pulled together my all-time favorite drills for each of the defensive positions, and created a short,
sweet, and incredibly useful "Top 5" list for each one!
All the drills are designed to help your players become faster,
stronger, tougher and more competitive, while reinforcing safe, effective tackling fundamentals!
Here's what you'll get:
Best of all, you can start learning all these defensive tips, drills and strategies today, right over your
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Yours for better tackling,
Coach Steve Tucker
PS - In the past 12 months alone, I've helped over 2,905 youth football coaches tap into the "insider secrets" that sent their
teams skyrocketing to the top of the standings.
Here's a small sample of the feedback I've received...
"Kids Are Learning More
And Having Fun"
"Since most of our youth coaches are dads who may have played years ago or not at all, I'm
always looking for resources that can effectively explain drills and show how to plan an effective
practice. Steve's guide has helped these dads become more organized and our kids are learning more
and having fun."
St. Leonard, MD
"As a first time youth head football coach, I was looking for a system that would help me run
drills and set up practice. Steve's resources have helped me immensely. Now there is a good tempo
to practice with new drills, and the kids love it!"
Coastal Tritons Pee Wee
San Diego, California
11-12 Year Old League
"The Livonia Orioles JV team won the WLJFL Championship this year! We use the basic drills and
daily planner. We got more work done in less time, which gave us more time to run plays. Thanks
coach Steve for getting all the coaches together in this form."
WJFL 11-12 Year Old Champs
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PPS - Right now, there's probably another coach in your league looking at this exact same
Tapping his pencil against the desk. Scratching his head. Thinking of all the ways these tackling
techniques would help HIS team.
When your teams meet this season, who is going to be better prepared? Who's going to have the more efficient,
better trained defensive unit?
And who's gonna go home with a car full of happy kids and "W" next to his team on the scoresheet?
Will It Be You Or Him?
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