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A Four Station Tackling Circuit
Time. No coach on Earth has enough of it. Wasting it is a sin as far as I'm concerned. There are too many skills that need to be practiced, too many details to be honed. One of those details is tackling. As I've said before, the number one most important skill in football, no matter what the level, from Pee Wee to Pro, is tackling. If you can't tackle, then you can't stop the offense. Every defensive system ever devised has been built around one simple principle: get a defender to the ball carrier. What he does when he gets there is a reflection of your system. Players that play for good coaches make secure and crunching tackles that bring the ball carrier to a halt at the spot where he was touched. Nobody gets hurt, but the ball stops here. Players that play for bad coaches get dragged by the ball carrier, or run over, or they grab hold of his jersey and swing him around in a dos-e-dos until they reach escape velocity and one of them is thrown into the parking lot. Occasionally, players that play for bad coaches get hurt. They get hurt because they weren't taught how to make a proper tackle to begin with, and they lowered their backs, or put their heads down, or hit with their helmet. And, sometimes, a player was taught how to tackle, but he just wasn't given the practice time to get it right, and so, on game day, he stepped in to "lay a hit on 'em" just like his coach told him to, and now he's injured. Ten minutes a day is not too much to ask to keep your players safe. The bonus to this four station tackling circuit is that it will also improve your team. Just do the math. If you can get each player six reps at each station, that's twenty-four tackles. In a week of practice, that's 96. In two weeks, that's 192. In three weeks, 288. Two hundred and eighty-eight reps of the most dangerous, and yet most important, skill in football. Two hundred and eighty-eight chances to hone your skills. You don't need to be using a specific tackling system to make this four station drill work. Whether you prefer chest plate or waist tackling is irrelevant. All you need are some tackling dummies, five coaches, two gymnastics pads (or worn out mattresses), and ten minutes per practice. Do it. Click on the link below to view the diagram of the four station drill.
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COACHING KIDS Football: Defense 6/1/08 6:19 AM By clicking on this link. good lift. etc. Coaching Points: Concentrate on reinforcing secure tackles. but while moving into and out of the drill. All right. 1 "impact shield".) Optional 2: Coach throws a football to his selected ball carrier. The tackle should be made at 1/2 speed. and try for a minimum of five reps per player. so expect missed tackles. Optional: "Thud" tackle. head down. lifting the ball carrier over the tackling dummy and onto the landing surface.eteamz. Place the tackling dummies in parallel about three feet apart.e. and try for a minimum of five reps per player. remind him with positive reinforcement before his rep. drive hard. such as forgetting to keep his head up. Optional: "Thud" tackle. Although this tackling is "full speed" the short distance between the players will limit acceleration. This is an "open field" drill. don't drop your head. old mattress. After the tackle. All players must be properly outfitted and trained before engaging in drills or competitions. Get A PLUS Site Be A Member Tips & Drills Email A Friend Sports Tip Emails Standings About ePointz ePointz Hints Coaching Points: Form tackle. keep players moving at high speed. At the coach's signal both players shuffle sideways until the ball carrier gets to the hole indicated. Football is a dangerous sport. If a player has a problem with a certain area. say "Johnny. remind him with positive reinforcement before his rep. or other padded landing surface. without taking the ball carrier to the ground. drive hard. without taking the ball carrier to the ground. you agree to indemnify and hold Coach Wade not responsible for any and all injuries that may occur. The coach will signal to a set of two players.) As the season progresses. (Only effective with chest plate tackling. The tackler should meet him in the hole and drive him backwards with a good form tackle. Optional: Have ball carrier use an impact shield. The ball carrier holds the impact shield to protect himself. At his gesture. remember to keep your head up. such as forgetting to keep his head up. and no amount of training or protective padding can completely eliminate all dangers. "Johnny. no wrap. Station #3: 2 X 2 box Equipment needed: 4 cones or other items for marking a two yard by two yard square on the practice field. Station #1: Head-on mat tackle Equipment needed: 1 gymnastics mat. the tackler attacks the ball carrier with a form tackle." Station #2: To the hole tackle Equipment needed: At least four tackling dummies. the ball carrier goes to the end of the line. Your total: Leader total: 0 250 Updated Daily http://www. Incorrect form results in the tackler being sent to the remedial tackling coach for further reinforcement of the problem area (i. here's the skinny. Optional:1 football. good lift. Arrange the players around the outside so that each player is facing across from a player of roughly equal size." rather than.cfm?id=3145177&cat=219679 Page 2 of 4 . While moving into and out of the drill. Player directly across from the ball carrier is the tackler. Players should not be at greater than 3/4 speed at impact. while the other player must tackle him to prevent this. where he charges forward.) Coaching Points: Form tackle. (Only effective with chest plate tackling. At a coach's signal. keep players moving at high speed. have the ball carrier charge forward at the tackler.com/coachingkids/news/index. If a player has a problem with a certain area. and the tackler becomes the next ball carrier. 1 tackling dummy. Place the tackling dummy lengthwise across one end of the landing surface as shown in the diagram. For example. A coach stands behind the tackler and points to the hole he wants the ball carrier to attack. the object is for one player to make it across the box.
rather than rotating the tackler and ball carrier. The have thirty seconds to rotate to a new station. The tackle should be made at 1/2 speed. keep players moving at high speed. The tackler moves as fast as necessary to make the tackle.) Vary the angle and shoulder at least every day. Use two lines. go over to Coach Norm and work on keeping your head up while you tackle. but while moving into and out of the drill. This is not the case. Players must be coached to remain at a slow and controlled speed. He must be thoroughly trained and experienced in your tackling system. one for ball carriers and one for tacklers. to around 30 degrees to the rear. and try for a minimum of five reps per player. such as forgetting to keep his head up.COACHING KIDS Football: Defense 6/1/08 6:19 AM This drill will probably send more players to remedial tackling than any other. they can use each other for slow motion tackling practice. the player will be sent to the remedial tackling coach with the phrase. If there are more than two players waiting to execute remedial tackles. One of your assistant coaches should be the tackling guru. Almost more important than his technical proficiency is his ability to communicate with the players and motivate them. While moving into and out of the drill. rather than trying for the "big hit".cfm?id=3145177&cat=219679 Page 3 of 4 . 1 tackling dummy. Attempt to keep with the drill's purpose. Remedial Tackling Equipment needed: 1 tackling dummy or "Popsicle stick" hitting sled Remedial tackling is what makes this series of drills so effective. When the players rotate to a new station. At each station players execute the specific tackling drill for two minutes. If a player has a problem with a certain area. (start to finish) using the tackling dummy/"Popsicle" stick before sprinting back to catch up with his drill mates. Station #4: Angle tackle mat drill Equipment needed: 1 gymnastics mat. good lift. the tackler should lift the ball carrier up over the tackling dummy and onto the landing surface. Key points: Locate the four tackling stations about ten to fifteen yards apart. who may have moved on in the interim. the coach remains. http://www. and one is the ball carrier. Optional:1 "impact shield". Similar to the head-on mat drill. Although this tackling is "full speed" the short distance between the players will limit acceleration. old mattress.eteamz.) The player will then execute five correct tackles. and try for a minimum of five reps per player. Players should not be at greater than 3/4 speed at impact. Players will feel that remedial tackling is a punishment." The player then sprints to the remedial tackling coach and informs him what portion of the tackle he needs to work on (sometimes the remedial tackling coach will get too busy to hear the original mistake. remind him with positive reinforcement before his rep. remind him with positive reinforcement before his rep. (That takes too long. from 120 degrees to the front.com/coachingkids/news/index. or to give a change of pace. Remedial tackling is a reinforcement of the correct tackling procedure. drive hard. As in the head-on drill. The ball carrier jogs slowly (1/2 speed). one player is a tackler. or other padded landing surface. Coaching Points: Execute each of the points to a correct tackle as slowly as necessary to perform each step perfectly. Upon incorrect execution of a tackle. keep players moving at high speed. If a player has a problem with a certain area. Other drills can be substituted as necessary. Incorrect iterations do not count. "Billy. One coach takes a group of players to a station. such as forgetting to keep his head up. Coaching Points: Form tackle.
DL) together to ensure close physical match-ups. In just ten minutes of practice time per day. www.COACHING KIDS Football: Defense 6/1/08 6:19 AM however.com New social activity guide where you can BRAG about what you've We help California Inventors! Click for your FREE information.InventHelp. use three minutes at each station.diddit. done. you can turn your players into a group of tackling machines. If you want to get really crazy. DEs. Inc User Agreement http://www.Vincent T. (Such as substituting the "Bull in the Ring" for the 2 X 2 square drill. The remedial tackling coach.) Position players (DBs. Lombardi Copyright © 2008. That's just fifteen minutes a day.com/coachingkids/news/index. eteamz. you win." Good luck. COACHING KIDS Football Sponsored Links Leaderboard for Your Life beta.com Buy a link here Invented Anything? Web Sites Local Sites Spotlight Sites epointz Contest Build a Web Site Instruction Tips and Drills Sport Tip Email Customer Support News & Updates Community Bulletin Boards Camps & Clinics Tournaments Coaches' Corner "The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of knowledge. ~D. with a thirty second rotation period. LBs.com. located where he is in the center of all the drill stations. is the ideal person to control the timer." . As the great Qui-Gong Jinn pointed out in The Phantom Menace: "Either way.eteamz. but rather a lack of will.cfm?id=3145177&cat=219679 Page 4 of 4 .