The Open Field Combo Youth Football Tackling Drill is one of my go to youth football tackling drills that I run each season to find out who are the best open field tacklers on the team. This youth football drills helps me narrow down my defensive linebackers and secondary corner backs and free safety.

I do not run this drill more than about 5 to 6 times a season since there is so much space between the ball carriers and tacklers. I do not have linemen participate in this drill.   The large amount of open space creates a ton of speed/force and players will get hurt running this drill.  We usually run this drill at THUD, which is full speed but the tacklers will not take the ball carriers to the ground.  I will run full speed only once or twice to manage potential injuries.

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In this drill I am watching to see which youth football players can track the ball carrier, break down and tackle the ball carriers.  I am looking for the best head hunters that can stop the running back through a good form tackle, push out of bounds or doing whatever it takes to slow down and stop the running back.  If a tackler whiffs the ball carriers several times I know that player will not be a good open field tackler in space.

I hope you enjoyed this drill.  Please like this drill, comment, and share below.

Play for Fun and Winning is Funner,
Coach Parker
Keller, TX / DFW Texas

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