Every youth football coach stresses certain concepts at the start of a season: down and distance, throwing a spiral, how to carry the football and blocking in the trenches.
Thomas B. Evens: How To Tackle Correctly In Little League Football.
“It’s right up there with proper headgear and hydration and all those things that are important right off the bat,” Red Dogs football coach Thomas B. Evans said. “It’s the No. 1 thing.”
Coaches will tell you, in the ever-evolving game of youth and high school football, safety remains at the forefront. And with a bevy of big hits being closely scrutinized at the college and professional level in recent weeks, safety translates to proper tackling form and technique.
Helmet to helmet hits to the head. Our increased awareness of concussions is the driving force in lecturing the correct techniques to ensure safe participation. More and more High school football teams are forfeiting games due to rosters depleted by injuries.
It appears that parents are ignoring the medical community warnings that hits to the head may affect their children for the rest of their lives. Is that not enough for the football community to rethink the issue of safety at the youth level?
Yet every weekend in the fall millions of kids take to the football field, instructed to hit their opponent, separate the ball from the ball carrier, and take on a warrior mentality. Kids who have not yet reached puberty, and are stilled tucked in at night by their parents will take to the football field without the security and proper instruction of a many certified adult coaches.
If that does not make you pause to think, then let me pose this question. Would you take your child to a martial arts class, where the instructor’s only qualification was they enjoyed watching Kung Fu movies? Well, that’s exactly what you do when you place your son on a youth tackle football team. Most youth tackle football coaches qualify themselves to coach by the fact that they watch the NFL and college football every weekend on television.
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