I attended a Denver football clinic last year and the speaker, an ex college coach, brought up a very interesting point for youth football coaches. How many times do you see a perfect form tackle in a high school, college or pro football games? He proposed not very often, and you know what, I must agree. I played football for 10 years from 8 years old to 18, and I think I made 10 perfect form tackles. As an outside Linebacker, I was usually on the run, pushing through blockers and clinging to the runner to pull him down. How many perfect form tackles have you seen or made?
I must agree that form tackling is overrated. I think it is great to teach the form tackling technique to protect against neck injuries and how to drive your legs through the player, but most tackles are made spontaneously grabbing any part of the ball carrier to bring him down. You don’t see a lot of NFL or NCAA players breaking down into a perfect form tackling stance before making the initial hit. Everything is moving too quick.
So really, tackling is about bringing the ball carrier to the ground for youth football players and all defensive football players.
Good luck this season. Play for fun and Winning is funner.