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Staying low while tackling in pee wee football

lw8_89_tackleA friend of mine called me last night.  He said his 12U team is not tackling low.  They are tackling pretty good but some are having trouble breaking down and staying low to make tackles.  We talked about not all tackles will be low since they might be open field pursuit tackles when a player just needs to save a big yardage gain.  He explained that his team is tackling good he just needs some more practice staying low to work on a few players fundamentals and keep everyone fundamentally sound.

I told him we use our tackling bags and with a red tape line around them representing a players belt and have our players break down and tackle below the red line on the tackling bag.  We also do the close quarters SeaHawk angle tackling drill where players are just arms length apart already broken down and one step into a near thigh low shoulder roll tackle. Lastly we do a two line drill where we are close quarters again and one player jumps up and the tackler wraps and holds up the jumped player to make sure we have wrapped up and we also do a grab cloth drill from two lines.  One players turns and acts like a running back and the tackler grabs his jersey “Cloth” and the runner takes off.  This helps us make sure we know we can grab cloth and help will come soon.  Heck grab anything to save the tackle.

I have written an article on form tackling before, you can find it here, Is From Tackling Overrated.  Each and every season, I teach proper mechanics of form tackling, especially the Seakawk Tackling System, but I am big on making tackles not worried about what they look like.  That does not mean I do not like the fundamentals, I just know in most game situations a “true” form tackle is not always able to be applied because the ball carrier has other intentions.  We also teach the Seahawk Pec tackle for open field tackling situations.  Sometimes a high tackle is required or last ditch must move on a “jitter bug” running back.  But I will agree with my friend, staying low, both in tackling and blocking to gain leverage is a basic football fundamental and must be taught and perfected by every player to be successful.

Here are some more drills to stay low….

King Size Sheet Low Board

Coach Casey has a few more videos I like on blocking but this old sheet drill to stay low is perfect for all.  Just use an old king sized sheet as a low pole board drill.

 

Basketball Break Down

I’ve used a similar drill to this drill but used a basketball with youth football players versus a yoga ball with these bigger players.  You can also use a smaller tennis ball and scoop with two hands and then have them tackle a dummy bag.

 

SeaHawk Tackling and Drills

I love the Seahawk Tackling system.  This is very similar to what I was taught in high school.  Plus, I played Rugby a season.  I am very big on the shoulder roll tackles.

 

Low Pad Hits @ 1:23

I have never used this drill but I will this week.  I really like this to get across some muscle memory about hitting low.

 

Staying Low using a Tackle Wheel @:20 @:35

A friend of mine made me two tackle wheels and they are great.  This open tackle drill at 20 and 35 seconds are awesome drills to get your players tackling low.

 

I hope these drills and suggestions help you coach your team to get low during tackling and blocking.  Let me know if you have a few drills that you use to help your team stay low.

Remember to Play For fun and Winning is Funner!

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Coach Parker
Keller, TX / Fort Worth, Texas
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100 Names for Linebackers on a Youth Football Defense

Rover LinebackerI guess I was a little bored today and started looking at linebacker position names like Mike, Sam and Will.  We’ve all heard of these names for LBs but I decided to dig a little deeper and see what other names have been used over the last 100 years of football.  I made up a few of my own too as to complete the 112 name list of linebackers.

I have tried to separate the names out into the various linebacker responsibilities but don’t hold me at 100% correctness.  You should use this as a tool to come up with your own linebacker names for your youth football team’s defense.

Here we go naming linebackers…..

Mike, Sam and Will

Strong / Field Middle L-backer Weak / Boundary
SLB MLB WLB
Sam Mike BLB
Stub Mack Will
Sara Meg Buck
Strike Mo Wanda
Zack More Whip
Spear Mace Dick
Snake Mickey Bob
Otto Ace Nick
Flacker Moose West
Saw Missle Bear
Frank Ogre Wolf
Fox Dart Barb
Saber Headhunter Beast

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Outside Linebackers and Inside Linebackers

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Left OLB Rt OLB Inside LB
LOLB ROLB ILB
Leo Roy Ted
Jack Charlie Zip
Lee Rebel Zack
Lance Rex Plugger
Lion Rod Ike
Lotto Rush Axe
Lola Ram Bull
Lefty / LT Rhino Pike
Ox Ray Butkus
Owl Rolo Hammer
East Ralph Chuck
Lakeside Arty / RT Charlie
Lynx Ranger Victor

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Hybrid Linebackers

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OLB Def End SS/DB OLB
JLB Rover
Joker Monster
Jack Dagger
Dave Gunner
Ted Stinger
Devil Nickel
Elephant Raider
Dog Moneybacker
Bandit Lobo
Viper Robber
Tiger Star
Ollie Spur
Elle Lurker
Predator Pirate

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This list is over 100 linebacker names and most of them have been actually used by College and NFL football teams in the past.  I hope you enjoyed this list of LB names.  If you have any names that you have used in the past please leave them in the comments below.

Remember to Play for Fun and Winning is Funner!

Coach Parker
Fort Worth, Texas

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How to play Free Safety in the 6-2 Multi 8 Youth Football Defense

This free coaching video reviews how to play Free Safety in the 62 Multi 8 Youth Football Defense by Coach Parker. The 62×8 defense is based on the 6-2 defense, wide tackle 6 defense and the 5-3 defense. These are all proven pee wee tackle little league defenses that are played by many youth football teams across the country.

I review the FS / Fred alignments, main responsibilities,  blitz packages, issues and pass coverages used in the 62 Multi 8 Youth Football Defense.  The Fred is a very important player in the 62×8 since he is the only true defensive back playing pass coverage 100% of the time in most situations.  The Free Safety must be smart, fast, great open field tackler and know how to play Centerfield on a football field.  Check out the video for more information on how to play FS in the 62 Multi 8 Defensive System.

Direct video link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZuMcxtz6K4

For more free pee wee tackle football coaching videos by Coach Parker go to his YouTube Channel at http://youtube.com/c/stephenparker

Stay tuned as I develop more coaching  videos on the 62 Multi 8 Youth Football Defense from my youth football defensive playbook. The 62 Multi 8 Defense is based on the popular 6-2 Defense, Wide Tackle 6, 5-3 Defense and 52 Monster Defenses. All of the proven defenses are great Pop Warner little league football defenses run in many youth tackle football programs across the US.  Find our more about my complete 62 Multi 8 youth football defensive system today. It is Texas youth football proven and  successful.

You can buy the companion digital book to the free 62 Multi 8 Youth Football Defense videos here.

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Keller, Texas / DFW


 

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Playing Defensive Linemen in the 62 Multi 8 Youth Football Defense

These two videos review how to play defensive linemen in my 62 Multi 8 Youth Football Defense, which is based on the proven 6-2 Defenses, Wide Tackle 6 and the 5-3 defense used by many pee wee football teams in little league tackle football programs across the country.

The first video reviews how to play defensive tackle in the 62 Multi 8 defense.  Both Dan and Tom align in the many Multi 62 variants and then align in the odd 5 front 2 gap punch peekaboo hunt techniques.

Direct video link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XUT614iZHI

In the second video I review the responsibilities for the 6-2 defenses A Gappers or defensive guards.  These two DGs anchor the middle of the defense.  I call these two players the kNob for Noseguard and GunR for Guard.  The kNob is the traditional big stocky defensive guard and the GunR is a hyrbid linebacker and defensive back that is very scrappy and good at penetrating the offensive line and also playing a linebacker / d-back when needed.

Check out both videos and all the 62 Multi 8 Youth Football Videos.  Enjoy.

 

Direct video link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRpeR2Cfq-c

For more free youth football coaching videos by Coach Parker go to his YouTube Channel at http://youtube.com/c/stephenparker

Stay tuned as I develop more HOW TO  videos on the 62 Multi 8 Youth Football Defense from my youth football defensive playbook. The 62 Multi 8 Defense is based on the popular 6-2 Defense, Wide Tackle 6, 5-3 Defense and 52 Monster Defenses. All of the proven defenses are great pop warner little league football defenses run in many youth tackle football programs across the US.  Find our more about my complete 62 Multi 8 youth football defensive system today. It is Texas youth football proven successful.

You can buy the companion book to the free 62 Multi 8 Youth Football Defense videos here.

Please like, comment, share and or subscribe to this post / video.  I appreciate your continued support.

Play for Fun and Winning is Funner,
Coach Parker
Fort Worth, Texas


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