Free Tackling Technique Practice for local High School Football Players

Learn safer, more effective tackling methods utilized by Pro and College teams

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Open to all High School Football Players that want to learn effective, safer tacking techniques. Seattle Seahawks and Ohio State utilize and teach the "Rugby Style" of tackling to help take the head out of the tackle and improve safety in the tackle

Taught by USARFU certified coaches on an indoor turf field, players will go through a step by step progression in tackle technique, leading to a live, controlled tackling drill at the end of the practice. 

This tackling technique practice will be hosted by the Kenosha Vultures Rugby Club. Please bring an ID, pair of cleats/running shoes, and a mouthguard. 

This event will take place on: 

February 15th, 8:30 pm - 10:00
Sturtevant Sportsplex
10116 Stellar Ave, Sturtevant, WI 53177

Phone: (262) 886-4790

Rugby-style Tackling in the NFL

A few years ago, the Seattle Seahawks transitioned to rugby-style tackling, in part because of concerns about injuries. Pete Carroll, assisted by Seattle's passing game coordinator, Rocky Seto, produced a video in 2014, and updated in 2015, to help teach the technique at the college, high school, and youth levels.

It's a technique that former Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn brought with him to Atlanta when he accepted the head coaching position prior to the 2015 season. 

"The rugby tackling really involves shoulder tackling," Quinn said when he was hired by the Falcons. "It's a leverage tackling principle, so for us, not only is it safer but it's more effective for us to do that."

In rugby-style tackling, the player is always leading with the shoulder and never the head. The emphasis is on hitting the ball carrier hard in the strike zone, from above the knees to the shoulders, and wrapping up — which means this method should be just as effective as others in terms of stopping a ball carrier.

It's not just happening in the NFL, either

College football is taking note, too. Ohio State's Urban Meyer was not initially interested in changig the Buckeye's approach, but former defensive coordinator (and current Rutgers head coach) Chris Ash persisted. Meyer soon became a believer, too. 

"I did as much research as I could and ultimately we jumped in," Meyer said last year, via Jon Solomon of CBS Sports. "Tremendous success right out of the get-go. You could see the difference."

Ash told The Lantern, Ohio State's student paper, that the rugby approach is not only safer for players, but it also helped improve the team's defensive performance in 2014. That year, the Buckeyes won the College Football Playoff National Championship. 

"It eliminated some injuries, but it also was a lot more effective. And I can tell you honestly right
now, as a coach, I could go show you our film and what we teach, what we coach, what we drill and
guess what? It shows up on film," Ash said.

"Our responsibility in the NFL is to keep filtering down some trends," Quinn said. "And then it gets
down into college, and the college to the high school, and the high school all the way down.

"It’s an awesome game and it provides so many things, so if we can make it better and safer, then
it’s our responsibility to get that done.“