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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!

Thanks
Coach Parker
Keller, TX / Fort Worth, Texas
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Tackle Football Baseball Youth Football Drill

Here is another free youth football coaching video on my version of the Team Tackle Football Baseball drill for youth football players.  My team this season absolutely loved this team competition drill.  This was our most requested drill to run in practice.  I’ve seen this drill run by other coaches over the last 10 years or so and this was the first season I added it to my youth football practices.  I am so glad i did too.  Enjoy the video.

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Team Football Tackle Baseball Drill

  • Two Teams
    • Captains Pick Teams
    • Batters / Blockers – Batting Team – Off
    • Tacklers – Fielding Team – Def
    • Coaches are Umpires
  • Baseball Base Running Rules
    • Traditional Diamond
    • Tilted Rectangle Harder to Score Home
  • Game is 3 to 5 Innings
    • All start on the whistle
    • 3 outs per inning
    • Fumble is an Out and 1 pt for Def Team
    • Tackled before touching base is an Out
    • Flagrant penalty by blocker is an Out
    • Flagrant Penalty by Def is 2 bases
  • Scoring Similar to Baseball
    • Runner Scores at Home plate for 1 point
    • RB Fumble is 1 pt for Defense
    • Coaches score each play / Inning
  • Players must stay square to Mound
    • No Lead Offs
    • Def – 2 Tacklers
    • Off – 1 Blocker and 1 RB
  • Winners get Water First
    • Losing Team 10 Up Downs

Tackle football baseball drill

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Play for Fun and Winning is Funner,
Coach Parker
Keller, Texas / Ft. Worth TX

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Texas Swing; Sweep, Blocking Tackling Youth Football Drill

I’ve been playing and coaching football for a very long time now. Plus I read a ton of football coaching books so I am not easily surprised by a new drill.  I was pleasantly surprised Monday night when one of my assistant coaches, Garvin Fouts, set up Swing Youth football tackling drilsthe Swing Drill.  He and his former team, the KYA Knights, have been using this drill to teach their running backs to open field block, running backs to use their blockers and tacklers to fight off blockers and find the running back in traffic.

Our players really loved this drill.  It’s a combo of the old helmet to helmet tackling drill and a contain drill. Two of my favorite drills.

As you can see from the graphic, the drill has two groups; Offense and Defense.  We had our starting backfield and TEs run the offensive group and subbed them over on defense now and then to get in some tackling. We really were focused on our running backs blocking on Monday night’s practice.

Here’s how the Texas Swing Sweep Blocking and Tackling Drill works:

  1. Establish Two Groups for the drill; One Offense (Mainly RBs /  Rec) and One Defense.
  2. On each rep, rotate into drill 2 Offensive Blockers and 1 Running Back laying on their backs side by side with helmets facing the defensive players in the drill.  There should be 5 to 7 yards between the Off and Def helmets.
  3. On each rep, rotate into the 2 or 3 Defensive players laying on their backs side by side with helmets facing the offensive players in the drill.   There should be 5 to 7 yards between the Off and Def helmets.
  4. Set up a Running lane that is 10 to 15 yards wide.  This is similar to a large Oklahoma Drill lane.
  5. On a Whistle or Cadence, the Off and Def players roll over and on to their feet and run into the lane.
  6. Offensive blockers identify defenders to block and defenders take on blockers looking for running back.
  7. The Running Back runs through traffic using his blockers and finding the open seam.
  8. For slower Defenders you can slide them closer to the lane or even a little into the lane.

Coach Garvin says this drill really helped them perfect open field blocking on sweeps and improve tackling in traffic. We will be adding this drill to our hitting practices.

Let me know what you think of the Texas Swing Football Drill.

Have Fun and Winning is Funner,
Coach Parker
Keller, Texas / DFW / Ft. Worth

Update 6/10/16 – Team Texas Swing Drill Video

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Heads Up Tackling fundamentals – Youth Football Tackling

I just got an email from USA Football with a link to this video about youth football tackling.  This is a really nice youth football tackle fundamental video.

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Coach Parker
Keller, TX / Fort Worth / DFW Texas

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