Ball in Contact

Safety in Contact Basics

  • Objectives: safely and effectively tackle; be tackled in a manner that allows for safety and game continuity
  • Responsibilities: identify and execute tackle safely and within the laws, safely retain body position that allows for ball placement after tackle to maintain possession
  • Skills: identify who is to be tackled, quick feet, good tackle form, body control, effective ball placement

Ball Carrier Key Factors

  • Low body height
  • Balance and stability
  • Legs continue driving
  • Two hands on ball
  • Present “hard” body parts to tackle (shoulder/hip)
  • Fall on knee, hip, back of shoulder (do not use arms/hands to break fall)
  • Rotate so ball carrier’s back is to opposition
  • Present ball to own team

Tackler Key Factors

  • Low body height
  • Eyes open and on target
  • Head behind – “Cheek to Cheek”
  • Head up – chin off chest
  • On balls of feet
  • Elbows in
  • Wrap arms around ball carrier
  • Drive with legs and core