Coaches Keith Grabowski, Andy Ryland and Richie Gray discuss skill development and how that affects the game. The coaches emphasize the importance of putting a focus on skill development and finding ways to develop skills year-round.
Gray introduces the philosophy behind upcoming USA Football’s Advanced Tackling System and explains how the system quickly moves from theory to practice by understanding key performance indicators.
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:00 Advanced Tackling System
02:15 Skill development
03:30 What makes up a scheme?
04:12 Are we making players better?
04:50 Is the whole building working to better the player?
05:50 Andy’s observation of skill development
06:55 How much does scheme dominate practice?
10:00 Working skills all year round
11:20 How much time do we have?
13:10 Shape drills
14:10 The players must be comfortable
15:20 Bias of scheme taking over skill
15:55 Technique errors
17:15 Reframe coaching
17:20 Designating a contact coach
19:15 Its about the evolution
20:20 After you grade a player how do you make them better?
21:20 Be prescriptive
22:15 5 fights of tackle
25:33 Poor technique
26:20 Using film for knowledge
28:15 It’s about how you go about coaching it
29:40 Skill development
31:00 Angle tackle drill example
32:10 5 fights tackle system
35:36 Must understand why you’re doing it
36:05 Breaking down the “fight” in 5 fights of tackle
38:25 Make it simple
40:05 Andy’s thought on the tackle systems
42:40 This is a coaching system
44:05 KPI helping coaches
46:26 Football development initiative
47:28 Safety through superior technique and coaching
48:20 Wanting the players to play better
49:25 It goes back to practice
50:35 Everybody needs to be involved
51:28 The players write the practice script
53:05 Addressing the individuals
53:56 Individual ownership
54:45 Individually prescribed work
58:50 Football Development
1:00:00 Advanced Tackling System
Your defense is only as good as each tackler. Equip your staff with a common language, a systematic teaching progression and evaluation tools to coach better tacklers.